In our South Calgary dental practice, we offer dental implants as a solution to the problem of missing teeth. Missing teeth may lead to limitations when chewing or speaking naturally. Replacing missing teeth can restore function and the aesthetics of the smile.
Because dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, they can act as a stand-alone tooth replacement without the need to alter healthy adjacent teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace single or multiple missing teeth. They can also act as anchors to secure dentures in place using either bar or ball attachments.
While the types of dental implants vary widely, most consist of a dental implant post (or screw) and a dental implant crown. The post, which is surgically inserted into the jawbone, is made of a biocompatible metal and designed to integrate with the natural bone.
Dental implants usually include an abutment, or attachment, that joins the dental implant to the crown.
The dental implant crown will restore the chewing surface and fill the gap left by a missing tooth.
Dental implants promote the retention of healthy bone and prevent remaining teeth from shifting toward the space left by an extracted or lost tooth.
Preparing for Dental Implants
When seeking dental implants at Avenida Dental Centre, a full evaluation will be necessary.
- Determine if adequate bone exits
- Rule out dental conditions such as gum disease
- Discuss patients’ expectations, cost and the procedure
- Go over medications that may interfere with surgery
- Discuss any additional procedures such as bone grafting
We will discuss every tooth-replacement option and provide accurate information to help patients make a choice that supports their own goals for their oral health.
Dental Implant Procedure
In most cases, dental implants require several phases of treatment.
Surgical placement – The dental implant post will be placed in the bone in the predetermined site.
Healing and integration – The bone and gums will heal following the procedure. Full integration takes on average three to six months. Some health conditions and smoking cigarettes may prolong the integration process.
Restoration – A custom dental crown will attach to the implant. Our South Calgary dentists will closely match the porcelain crown to the appearance of surrounding teeth for a more natural-looking outcome.
Caring for Dental Implants
Single dental implants require the same type of home and professional care as natural teeth.
- Brush teeth at least twice daily
- Floss between all teeth daily
- Maintain regular professional care
- Avoid overly hard substances that could damage the crown
We will examine your dentistry and teeth at each dental exam to identify damage and make sure they are functioning properly.
Ready to Complete Your Smile?
Our dentists, Dr. Jayde Wiedemann, Dr. Colton Toy, Dr. Christine Holko or Dr. Bob Huff, will discuss tooth replacement options, cost of treatment and what to expect when you contact us to arrange an exam.
We look forward to welcoming you.