Many patients choose bridges to “fill in” missing teeth. But dental implants take that job one step further – they actually act like your natural tooth did when it was present and healthy. In fact, with a dental implant, Calgary patients report that no one can tell they were ever missing a tooth.
Here’s how dental implants procedure works: your Glenmore Family Dental Care dentist will make an impression of your teeth. Next, a titanium “post” is surgically implanted in the gap where the missing tooth was. Your jawbone will actually adhere to this post over time, and it will be secure enough to place a crown on top. The crown is affixed to the post, and voila! A natural-looking, new tooth now fills the former gap! This new “tooth” is as secure in your mouth as your former tooth was – you can bite with it, brush it and generally treat it like the rest of your teeth.
Implants can even prevent all sorts of problems. For instance, your jawbone deteriorates when you lose teeth and don’t replace them. Your surrounding teeth can crowd into the empty space, ruining your alignment. If you are missing many teeth, you can begin to have a “sunken” look to your cheeks, which makes you appear older than you are.
Other reasons to consider implants include:
Overall implants are comfortable and designed to fit your mouth. Dental implants resemble your natural teeth, restoring your smile and giving you that boost of self-confidence when talking and smiling.
Those considering implants need to be in good health as well as have healthy gums and oral habits. Implants can be affected by some chronic diseases, diabetes, bone disorders, existing dental problems, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Our dentist will evaluate whether or not dental implants are right for you.
So how are dental implants placed? In general, the whole procedure is completed in several steps over a period of about 3 months to a year which depends on the severity and your specific needs. The procedure encompasses the following:
An implant can last a lifetime if properly taken care of. That’s why it’s important to brush and floss regularly as well as schedule routine dental checkups to ensure you don’t lose your implant.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, call Glenmore Family Dental Care and make an appointment to consult with a dentist. We can take you through a thorough, step-by-step explanation.