Dental Implants from the Dentist in Banff
Dental implants provide a comprehensive replacement for one, two, three, or a whole row of missing teeth. They are a strong, long-lasting alternative to other options in prosthetics, like fixed bridges and non-implant retained dentures. The total treatment time for dental implants takes up to a year, but it’s worth the investment in time for a long-lasting tooth replacement. Keep reading to learn more about implant dentistry from Dr. Sajjad.
What Are Dental Implants?
Traditional dental implants are small titanium posts that take the place of your tooth’s root. They resemble a tiny golf tee or miniature screw. After each implant is surgically placed into the gum line, they fuse with your jawbone to provide superior stability for the prosthetic tooth or teeth that are affixed on top. The process is known as osseointegration, and it takes anywhere from three to six months to complete, depending on the location of the dental implants and the health of your jawbone.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Better oral health with a stabilized jawbone
- Comprehensive tooth replacement
- Can improve bite alignment as needed
- Easy to brush and floss
- Eat what you like
- No lisps or whistles in speech
- No need for denture adhesives
- Last a lifetime with proper maintenance
Dental Implant Procedure
Depending on the location of the missing teeth and the health of your jawbone, the procedure for your dental implants may take up to a year to complete. If the teeth have been missing for many months, a bone grafting procedure may be needed to build up volume in the jawbone for proper anchoring of the dental implants.
After the jawbone has healed from any necessary preparatory procedures, the dental implantation can begin. It’s a surgical procedure completed under local or general anesthesia, as needed. Healing takes place over a period of several months, during which a temporary tooth replacement may be worn.
Once the implants have grown together with the jawbone, restoration can begin. Your dentist exposes the dental implants and places a connecting abutment on top. Then, after one more brief healing period, your new tooth replacement (a crown, bridge, or denture) is securely affixed.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many patients whose tooth loss is recent are eligible for implant dentistry. You should be in adequate oral and overall health to be able to recover from the procedure. People who have severe cases of gum disease or diseases affecting the immune system may not be good candidates for implant dentistry. Smokers should also be advised that tobacco use negatively affects the ability to heal following dental implant placement, significantly contributing to dental implant failure. Discuss your case with your dentist to find out for sure whether or not dental implants are a good option for your tooth replacement.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you have already lost or are on the brink of losing one or more teeth, please don’t wait to visit your dentist at Banff Dentistry. Request an appointment online today!