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Dental Implant Clinic in NW Calgary
Ready for your perfect smile?
If a tooth is beyond repair, a dental implant is an excellent solution. Thanks to incredible technology and innovation, dental implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Only you and your dentist will know the difference!
As dental professionals, we take pride in the joy and confidence our patients feel with dental implants. We understand the impact that missing teeth can have on one’s quality of life. From difficulty chewing to loss of confidence in smiling and talking, we can help you bring back a beautiful, healthy smile for life. Book an appointment today and we’ll find a solution to transform your oral health.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. After teeth have been lost, there is no longer any stimulation to the bone in that area and the bone will actually begin to shrink away. This can affect the overall health of your mouth in many ways such as change in chewing, speech and shifting of other teeth. This unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede. Dental implants can also help prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face retains its natural shape.
Dental implants can act to not only replace your missing teeth but also are the only “tooth replacement modality” that will also preserve bone levels. We can also use implants as an alternate to bridgework and eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth.
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by a dentist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
What can dental implants do?
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable
Types of implants that are in use today are normally endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone and each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
What is the difference between a dental implant and a bridge?
Unlike bridges, implants require surgery. A replacement root is integrated into the bone in your jaw, forming a strong foundation for eating, smiling, and laughing. You won’t have to worry about dental implants falling out. They mimic your natural teeth and, when taken care of properly, can last for a lifetime. Although the process is intensive and meticulous, what you’re left with is a set of beautiful, natural-looking teeth that feel like your own.
What can I expect during my consultation?
Before considering dental implants, you’ll need to have a consultation to determine whether you are a candidate. Although it’s a proven method, dental implants may not be a suitable option for some people. During your consultation, one of our experienced dentists will assess your mouth and jaw to determine whether there is sufficient bone to support implants. We will also need to ensure that there are no signs of decay or gum disease.
If dental implants are attainable, your dentist will discuss the time-frame, the details of the treatment, and the costs involved. We will also review other tooth replacement options so you can make an informed decision.
What is the success rate for dental implants?
It’s very rare that implants fail. With a success rate of 90-95%, the procedure is backed by professional dentists worldwide. Some of the factors that can impact the success of dental implants are the presence of gum disease, medical conditions, and insufficient jawbone. This highlights the importance of completing a thorough initial consultation to determine whether implants are right for you.