Dental implants 101

By: Dr. Stuart Robson, Jan 12, 2013

What are dental implants?

What you need to know about dental implants.

A dental implant replaces a natural tooth and is fixed to the jaw to support a crown to establish a chewing plane and preserve the jaw bone. Single teeth may be replaced, as well as full mouth re-habilitation. Many patients have enjoyed two or more implants to add to the stabilization of dentures.

Through computer guided programs, and laboratory fabricated guides, dentists carefully pre-plan each placement in advance to create a shorter chair time. The procedure is done gently, carefully, and usually requires much less recovery than you would think. Ensuring the client’s comfort and taking the most conservative and less invasive approach promotes fast healing and speedy return to regular and improved function.

Replacing missing teeth is very important to avoid BONE LOSS.  Once a tooth is lost, bone loss begins.  Most often 50% of the bone is gone within 6 months and with fewer teeth that are available to take the load of your bite; other teeth will tend to break-down.  Implants are the best solution for replacement for the right candidate as bone is retained, and neighboring teeth do not have to be cut down to create a bridge.  Although a viable option, bridges often decay as they are difficult to clean, and result in further tooth loss when they fail. Dental implants do not decay!

Dr. Stuart Robson grew up in Bracebridge, attending both Bracebridge Public School and Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School.  He knew from an early age that he wanted to be a dentist and when he graduated from high school he went to University of Toronto where he received his Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Physiology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery.

In 1988, after a year of residency  at Sunnybrook Hospital and another year on a Ministry of Health Dental Coach providing dental care to children in  Northern Ontario, Stuart took over the practice of Dr. Irma Coyne in his hometown of Bracebridge. In 1995, Stuart purchased the historical Myers  home on Manitoba Street and, after extensive renovations, the practice was re-located.  

Dr Robson continues to live and practice in Bracebridge.  He is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, the Toronto Implant Institute,  The Toronto Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Toronto CEREC Study Club,  Aesthetic Design and Implant Academy, The International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. He is a life long learner and is passionate about his chosen profession.