Dental Implants in Edmonton
If you're looking for dental implants in Edmonton, we're ready to help you explore your options.
They're the best way to replace damaged or missing teeth, whether you're looking to restore a single tooth, an entire smile, or bring a stronger and more secure fit to your dentures. Please call to us to book a complimentary consultation and find out how dental implants can improve your comfort, confidence, and convenience every single day.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement in modern dentistry. They can help you replace "real" teeth that have been damaged in an accident or lost to gum disease or tooth decay.
What are dental implants made of?
When people talk about dental implants as a tooth replacement option, they typically think of the visible part of a natural tooth.
However, a dental implant is typically made of 3 parts:
1. Implant Post
This part of the implant is permanently embedded in your jaw and acts like the root part of a natural tooth. It's usually made from titanium, but can sometimes be made from zirconia, which is a type of metal-free ceramic that's ideal for people who have metal sensitivities.
An abutment acts like a connecting piece between the implant post (root part of a tooth) and dental crown (visible part of a tooth).
3. Dental Crown
The dental crown is the visible "tooth" part of a dental implant that connects to the top of the abutment.
Each dental crown is precisely shaped to look and feel natural among the surrounding teeth. Dental crowns are often crafted from porcelain since it's naturally stain-resistant and looks very similar to natural tooth enamel, but they're also available in zirconia and blends of porcelain and metal.
How safe are dental implants?
The dental implant process is one of the safest not just in dentistry, but among all medical procedures.
Clinical studies have shown that dental implants have a long-term success rate of 90%-95% (or higher!) across both the upper and lower jaws.
In practice, that means - when you get dental implants - you can be confident that they'll be an effective, worry-free tooth replacement.
Dental implants provide many benefits for you, whether you have lost one tooth or a whole mouthful of teeth. Although you need to discuss all your options with your dentist first, the possibility of using dental implants to hold replacement teeth is an option worth exploring.
Compared to partial crowns, bridges, or dentures, dental implants are one of the most natural looking dental restorations. Each dental implant and crown looks just like a natural tooth and can make you feel more attractive and self-confident as soon as the implant placement has been completed. We can match the crowns to the color of existing teeth or, in the case of full replacements, they can be colored to your preference.
Crafted to be strong, lightweight, and safe for your body, titanium implants are permanent and strongly attached, so chewing seems just as normal as it did before you lost the tooth or teeth. The crowns that are fitted onto the implants are designed for long term use and durability, so you'll never have to worry about wearing them out through normal chewing.
If you choose dental implants to replace a bridge or dentures, you are likely to see an immediate improvement in your speech. While bridges and dentures can trip up your tongue and cause you to slur your words, dental implants allow you to speak better than ever.
Improved Oral Health
Aside from improving the look and function of your smile, dental implants also work to preserve the health and strength of your mouth.
When there are missing teeth, the jaw bone gradually deteriorates and loses mass in the affected areas, leading to structural weakness and changes to a person's face shape.
Dental implants prevent that from happening. By fully integrating into your jaw bone, they help you stimulate bone growth and maintain its strength while also helping you avoid potential functional and aesthetic difficulties later on in life.
Chewing can be difficult if you have gaps between your teeth or wear a bridge or dentures. Without the ability to chew properly, the quality of your diet can go downhill quickly. You can chew much better once we install dental implants for you, allowing you to eat healthier and enjoy your food more.
More Convenient for Removable Dentures
You can have permanent dentures mounted on dental implants to replace lost teeth or removable dentures. These permanent dentures are much more convenient, because you never have to take them out at night or to rinse them during the daytime. They don't slip or fall out which minimizes gum tissue irritation, and you never have to use messy dental adhesives to keep them in place.
Dental Implant Procedures
Your dentist at Oliver Park Dental will go over the dental implant procedure with you before starting the process.
It usually takes three appointments to complete the work. On the first appointment, your dentist removes any remaining parts of missing or damaged teeth being replaced. This step is not necessary if your tooth is already missing.
The second step is the insertion of the implant. Your dentist will take an impression and scans to develop a 3D image of your teeth and gums so the crown can be created. Finally, when the implant has healed, about 6 to 12 weeks later, the dentist places the crown on the implant as the final step.
Who can get dental implants?
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jaw bone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if bone grafting can be done.
Caring for my Dental Implants
Because dental implants are placed in the jawbone, artificial replacement teeth attached to implants look and act much like natural teeth. Like natural teeth, implants need to be kept clean with regular dental care like brushing and flossing. Your dentist will show you the proper cleaning procedure for implants. Regular dental checkups are important so your dentist can make sure that your bite is right and that your implants are not loose.
How long do dental implants last for?
With diligent daily care, good dental hygiene, and routine checkups, dental implants can last for many years — certainly much longer than other tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges.
A well-cared-for dental crown can last for 10 years or more, while an implant post can last for 25+ years - or even a lifetime - with proper care.