Dental implants are synthetic teeth designed to support replacement crowns and become part of your jawbone through osseointegration, becoming permanent fixtures in your smile.

Your dentist will determine if you qualify for implant surgery by conducting an assessment using X-rays of your mouth and/or CT scanning to ascertain that there is enough bone support.


Dental implants are strong enough to function like natural teeth, enabling you to eat and chew normally. However, eating sticky and hard foods could damage them; chewy, crunchy and sugary snacks should be avoided along with hot spicy meals and beverages such as coffee or tea.

After an appropriate healing period has elapsed, your dentist will reopen your gums to attach an abutment – a smaller piece attached directly to an implant body – either below or above (subperiosteal).

An unfortunate portion of implant implants fail to fully integrate with bone, known as osseointegration. Reasons include infection, poor oral hygiene habits, noncompliance with soft foods diet recommendations and smoking. Chronic conditions like diabetes, long-term steroid use or some forms of cancer may slow or prevent successful integration; your dentist can assess your situation and recommend treatment plans such as bone grafts.


Dental implants offer an alternative to dentures for tooth replacement. While dentures can create numerous issues in terms of pain and discomfort, dental implants fit securely within your natural structure so as to not hinder speech or cause other complications.

Dental implants can help improve speech clarity by replacing missing teeth and restoring proper bite alignment, helping the tongue, lips, and jaws come together more seamlessly resulting in clearer and more natural-sounding speech.

Though adjusting to new dental implant-related speech patterns may take some time, your dentist might recommend practicing speech exercises and focusing on enunciation to overcome any initial impediments and improve your All-on-4 dental implants’ clarity over time. The harder you work at eliminating speech issues faster you will be able to speak clearly with them!


One of the primary draws to dental implants for patients is that they provide an aesthetically pleasing, long-term replacement of missing teeth. Unlike traditional dentures that may shift or come loose over time, dental implants remain secure within your jawbone to reduce bone loss and preserve facial structure more naturally.

An aesthetic outcome from implants depends not only on their function but also the design and relationships with peri-implant soft tissues. Therefore, dental practitioners must carefully consider the aesthetic requirements for the restoration based on both tooth replacement type and neighboring tooth morphologies when designing restorations.

Proper placement and sizing of an implant body is paramount to an aesthetically pleasing result. If a dental implant is placed too coronally, it will lead to loss of interproximal tissue and unattractive soft tissue contours [1]. When properly positioned, however, an implant will reduce black triangles between adjacent teeth while providing sufficient support for gingival tissues [2.].


Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, making eating and speaking comfortable. Furthermore, unlike bridges which may slip or shift during eating or speaking, implants do not slip or shift when talking or eating – something which could happen with bridges.

Your dentist will conduct an exam, take X-rays and conduct a CT scan in order to assess if implants could be the solution to your tooth loss problems. If they believe they are, they can assist in developing a personalized treatment plan and plan.

Before inserting a dental implant, your surgeon will first administer local anesthesia to numb your gums, before creating an incision into your gum and an opening in your jawbone for them to insert the implant.

Your post-surgery symptoms, such as swelling and discomfort, should gradually subside with time. If discomfort does persist, medications will likely be prescribed by your dentist to ease it; soft foods should also be consumed for several days while the surgical site heals; also self-dissolving stitches will be placed and will be removed at a follow-up appointment.

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