What are dental implants?

Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. If you’re looking to restore your full set of teeth, you and your dentist in NE Calgary may consider this option.

Dental implants have several advantages, but they may not be for everyone. Getting an implant is a surgical procedure, and the overall process can take several months to complete.

In this post, we describe dental implants and what you can expect throughout the procedure.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium screw fused into the jawbone to replace the root of the tooth. It serves as the foundation of the replacement tooth. An implant provides sturdy support as it's affixed.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer several benefits, including the following:

  • Looks natural. The artificial tooth or the visible part of the implant can be colour-matched to your natural teeth. It’s customized to ensure proper fit.

  • Stays in place. Dental implants are attached to the jawbone. There are no risks of slippage, so you can feel confident when speaking or eating.

  • Restores functionality. Dental implants offer a biting force similar to your natural teeth. You can eat as you please and not worry about your replacement teeth getting damaged.

  • Enhances speech. A complete set of teeth allows you to form word or letter sounds more clearly. That said, dental implants enhance your speech abilities.

  • Prevents bone loss. Tooth loss can cause the bone in the area to deteriorate. Replacing missing teeth can stimulate the jawbone, prevent bone loss, and maintain your facial structure.

Who needs dental implants?

You may find dental implants beneficial if you’re looking to replace one or several missing teeth.

You may qualify for the procedure if you have a fully-developed jawbone, healthy teeth and gums, and good oral hygiene habits. You may also consider implants if dentures weren’t suitable for you.

Consultation with the dentist is the first step to determine whether you're eligible for dental implants. You must not have any health condition that may interfere with the procedure.

What can I expect from the procedure?

The procedure begins with an assessment to ensure dental implants are the right solution for your oral health needs.

After that, you and your dentist customize a treatment plan. It’s crucial to plan your transportation as you’ll be unable to drive after general anesthesia or sedation and will require assistance to get home safely.

During the actual procedure, your dentist removes any remaining tooth and allows the site to heal. If there’s no need for tooth removal, your dentist screws the titanium post into your jawbone.

Next, you need to wait until the site heals, which can take up to 6 months. To protect the area during this period, your dentist covers it with a cap.

Once the site has healed, the next step is to attach the abutment to the implant. Once the abutment is in place, you need to allow the gums to heal. Then your dentist attaches the artificial tooth or the crown to it.

The overall treatment duration is on a case-to-case basis. Your dentist monitors your progress and helps you feel comfortable throughout.

Learn more about getting dental implants in NE Calgary

If you have more questions about dental implants, please feel free to book a consultation with one of our friendly dentists. Contact us today at . to get started. Our dental office is located in NE Calgary, and we’re open 7 days a week to serve you.