Unlike conventional dentures, dental implants do not come loose or need to be anchored to other teeth, as bridges do. With a success rate in excess of 97%, this tooth implant technology is a well-proven method that can revitalize your smile. They can be placed singly or in multiples as part of larger mouth rehabilitation procedure.
When it comes to dental implants, Airdrie’s most trusted professionals are found at Sierra Springs Dental. Our goal is to make holistic dental health care available to everyone, with a full slate of amenities to make every visit a pleasant and rewarding experience.
Who Can Get Denture Implants?
To get dental implants, Airdrie patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone to support them. If the bone is insufficient to support the titanium implant, then you may require a bone graft or a sinus lift. When you come in for your first consultation, we will advise you if either procedure is necessary.
As the best dentist for dental implants, the team at Sierra Springs dental believes in making patients partners in their own dental health treatment. Every step of a procedure is thoroughly explained in clear terms, so you know what to expect and can make informed choices about your course of treatment.
How Does the Dental Implant Process Work?
Using a small surgical procedure carried out under local anesthetic, the tooth-implant process begins by drilling a tiny hole into the jawbone where the titanium implant is placed. The implant is given time to fuse with the surrounding bone to ensure there is a good foundation for the abutment (support collar) and crown. This process can take up to six months, during which you may be fitted with a temporary crown.
On your next visit, you will be fitted with a new tooth that not only functions like a healthy, natural tooth but looks great, too.
Because denture implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide strong, stable support for new crowns. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants will not slip or shift in your mouth, so you will not feel discomfort or embarrassment as you eat or talk.
Modern Implant Techniques
Implant procedures are typically done in two stages, with the placement of the titanium implant and, after integration, the placement of the crown. In some cases, it is possible to place both implants on the first visit – a technique known as “immediate loading.” Another technique, known as “all on four,” uses four implants on an arch to support a fixed bridge which allows a full set of new teeth to be place in a single day.
But these are new techniques and only suitable in some cases. With your first consultation, our experienced dentist at Sierra Springs Dental will assess your unique situation, and walk you through all treatment options.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?
Artificial replacement teeth are attached to your dental implants, and appear and act like natural teeth. Just like your other teeth, they need to be kept clean and healthy with regular brushing and flossing. Additionally, you need to have regular dental checkups so your dentist can ensure that your bite is correct and that your implants do not loosen.
To find out more about dental implants and what would be the best course of treatment for you, contact us for an appointment today.