Dental Implants

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

-Dr. Jennifer Silver

Dental Implants Calgary

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What are dental implants?

Are you missing a tooth? Dental implants offer a natural looking solution to tooth loss. Dental implants are essentially a titanium post that replaces your tooth root. acting as a foundation for replacement teeth. The titanium is made from biocompatible material that helps keep the implant secure in your jaw bone.  

Today, dental implants are considered a 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?

Our patients often ask: What do dental implants look like? Will people be able to tell I have them? The answer is, dental implants will look exactly like your real teeth. The prosthesis (crown) that attaches to the implant is made to match the look and function of your neighboring, natural teeth. 

Do I need dental implants?

Dental implants offer an excellent solution for missing teeth caused by: 

  • Decay
  • Injury
  • Teeth grinding
  • Oral diseases

Ideal candidates should have healthy gums and a strong jawbone to hold the implant.

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

Benefits of dental implants

There are many expected (and unexpected) benefits of dental implants. Including:

  • Improved self-confidence, feel better about your smile
  • Eat easier and enjoy food again 
  • Eliminate or reduce oral pain
  • Improve speech

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

What can I expect from the dental implants procedure?

The first step to the dental implant procedure is to talk with your dentist and find out if it’s a viable solution. At this initial appointment, you will discuss the procedure in full detail following a complete examination of your mouth and teeth. The shortest time frame for a single dental implant is five months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw. 

The typical dental implant procedure includes: 

  • First procedure: The dentist makes an incision in the gums where the implant will attach. Next, he/she drills a hole in the bone for the implant to rest before sewing up the incision. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implant. This helps secure the replacement tooth. Typically, the healing process ranges from three to six months.
  • Second procedure: Once the jaw is healed and the implant is firmly in place, the dentist makes a new incision. From there, the abutment is placed on top of the implant to help the surrounding gum tissue heal and secure your new replacement tooth.
    • Also, the dentist take impressions of your teeth to create a tooth that matches your bite. Lastly, the replacement tooth (crown) is attached to the abutment.

In some cases, you may undergo a one-stage procedure where the dentist places the implant, abutment and crown in one sitting.

The good news is that dental implants don’t require any preparation to your neighboring healthy teeth. To reduce discomfort, you’ll receive local anesthesia during the procedure.

How do I prepare for my dental implants procedure?

As mentioned above, you should set up a comprehensive dental exam to discuss the overall procedure with your dentist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Such as, what is the length of the procedure? Or, how about recovery time and care of replacement tooth? Your dentist will be more than happy to answer all your questions.

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

Dental implant care and recovery

After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort and soreness. Pain medication is commonly used to treat these side effects. In addition, you may need a night guard to further protect your new tooth replacement.

It’s important to take good care of your new dental implants following the procedure. Treat them the same way you treat your natural teeth. That includes brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and check up.

Our team of Calgary dentists believe that communication is essential to quality dental care. 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 where you will be informed of all your options. Patients are encouraged to take an active part in their treatment choices. As always, we 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. 

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