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Dental implants help patients eat easier, eliminate oral pain and improve speech. 

-Dr. Jennifer Silver

dental implant dentist calgary

What are dental implants?

Missing a tooth? A replacement tooth, whether permanent or removable, is a great solution to patients with tooth loss. In order to get a replacement tooth, you will need dental implants.

Dental implants are titanium post that are used to replace tooth roots. The titanium is made from biocompatible material that helps keep the implant secure in your jaw bone.  As such, the implants act as a foundation for replacement teeth. Today dental implants have become a much more sustainable solution than dentures or bridges.

Furthermore, replacement teeth are created to feel just like natural teeth, helping patients regain their electric smiles. Generally speaking, dental implants have a 98% success rate.

What do dental implants look like?

The prosthesis (crown) that attaches to the implants are made to match the look and function of your neighboring, natural teeth as well as your smile.

Do I need dental implants?

Dental implants are a perfect solution for those needing teeth replacement due to decay, injury, grinding or oral diseases. Ideal candidates should have healthy gums and a strong jawbone to hold the implant.

Whether it’s one tooth or several, feel free to talk with any of our specialists to see if a dental implant procedure is the best treatment for you. To find out more about our dental implants procedures, give us a call at 403-253-1248 or email us at info@macleodtraildental.ca.

Benefits of dental implants

What are the benefits of dental implants? Besides improving your overall confidence with a better smile and appearance, dental implants can help patients eat easier, eliminate oral pain and improve speech.

Better yet, dental implants are more durable and convenient than dentures or other replacement teeth solutions. Studies have shown that implants can last as long as 25 years.

What can I expect from the dental implants procedure?

The dental implant procedure first starts with talking to your dentist to see if it’s a viable solution, as well as discussing the procedure in full and completing a full examination. The shortest time frame for a single dental implant is five months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw.

Below is the typical dental implant procedure.

  • First procedure: The dentist will make a incision in the gums where the implant will be attached. Next, he/she will drill a hole in the bone where the implant is placed and then sew up the incision. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implant, which helps secure the replacement tooth. The healing process can range from three to six months, typically.
  • Second procedure: Once the jaw is healed and the implant is firmly in place, the dentist will make a new incision and place the abutment on top of the implant in order to help the surrounding gum tissue heal and secure your new replacement tooth.
    • The dentist will also take impressions of your teeth in order to create a tooth that matches your bite. This replacement tooth (crown) is then attached to the abutment.

In some cases, you may be able to receive a one-stage procedure where the dentist can place the implant, abutment and crown in one sitting.

The good news is that dental implants doesn’t require any preparation to your neighboring healthy teeth. You’ll also receive local anesthesia during the procedure to make it less painful.

What can I do to prepare for my dental implants procedure?

As mentioned above, set up an comprehensive dental exam and discuss the overall procedure with your dentist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, such as the length of the procedure, recovery and care of replacement tooth.

Also, depending on your situation, you may need to take into account the condition of your jawbone. This may require a visit to a oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Again, a visit with your general dentist will help you determine what you’ll need to do to prepare for the surgery.

Dental implant care and recovery

Mild discomfort and soreness is possible after the procedure. Taking pain medications is the best way to treat these side effects. In addition, a night guard might be recommended to protect your new tooth replacement.

After the procedure, it’s important to take good care of your new dental implants so they have a long lifespan. Treat them the same way you treat your natural teeth—brush, floss and visit the dentist every 6 months for teeth cleaning and a check up.

Our team of Calgary based dentists believe that communication is essential to good dental care and we strive to create a trusting and comfortable environment in which our patients can freely express their concerns. We will only begin with your dental implants procedure after a comprehensive examination and after informing you of all your options. We encourage our patients to take an active part in their treatment choices and tailor our services to your specific needs and requirements.

To find out more about our dental implants procedures, give us a call at 403-253-1248 or email us at info@macleodtraildental.ca. We’d love for you to drop by!

 

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