Dental Implants

Dental Implants | NE Calgary Dentist | Memorial Square Dental Clinic

What is a Dental Implant?

It’s been estimated that in North America, up to 70% of adults are missing at least one tooth. While a person can live with a missing tooth, or even several missing teeth, there are serious dental challenges that arise from missing teeth.

The most serious challenges are movement of the surrounding teeth and loss of bone. Since your teeth are literally leaning on one another, a missing tooth will cause teeth to shift or tilt into an empty space.

The problem of bone loss is even more serious, since significant bone loss will affect the appearance of your face, and the overall health of your mouth. If a tooth or several teeth are missing, the jaw bone recedes and the lips collapse over time. This effect increases wrinkles and lines on the face, making the individual look older than they are. Once bone loss has occurred it also limits the dental treatment options for returning to a good, functional set of teeth.

Dental Implants, along with dental bridges and dentures are one of three options to fill in the gap of a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are becoming more and more common and are considered one of the most successful methods for replacing a missing tooth, several or even all the teeth.

Why choose a Dental Implant?

During the implant treatment, a small titanium post is inserted into the area of the missing tooth which acts as a substitute for the root of the tooth. The jawbone can form a bond with the titanium, creating a very strong anchor. A custom made crown is then fitted on the titanium post, made to look and function naturally and to fit perfectly with your other teeth.

The following are some of the advantages of dental implants:

  • Natural Tooth Appearance

All that’s visible of a dental implant is a natural looking dental crown. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that accompany bridgework and dentures.

  • Conserves surrounding teeth

Fixed dental bridges require that dental crowns are placed on the two adjoining teeth to support the bridging tooth. Since dental implants do not require restorations on the neighboring teeth, there is no added risk of future complications related to a restored tooth.

  • Conserves bone density

Fixed dental bridges or dentures do not conserve bone density as completely as dental implants. Since bone regenerates due to stimulation from teeth rooted in the bone, neither a dental bridge or denture provide stimulation comparable to a natural tooth. An implant supported tooth, on the other hand, allows for normal function of the whole mouth and because dental implants fuse to the bone, they stabilize and stimulate the surrounding bone similar to a natural tooth.

  • Reliable

Success rate with dental implants is very high. Also, in the long term, there is greater chance of dental issues related to the teeth used to support a fixed bridge or with accelerated bone loss in denture wearers, causing dentures to fit poorly.

  • Permanent & Easy to Care For

The greatest advantage of implants is that they are permanent so, unlike a denture or partial denture, it isn’t necessary to remove them at night, or worry about eating foods that will make them slip. As well, unlike a bridge, a dental implant can be brushed and flossed normally.

Are you a good candidate for a Dental Implant?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

Implants can benefit those missing some or all of their teeth. Dental implants can be used individually, or to support a number of dental prostheses, including implant-supported bridges and dentures.

Taking care of your Dental Implant

Even if you have implants created to replace all your teeth, it will still be necessary to brush and floss for oral hygiene and maintain your regular dental hygiene visits. This will make ensure there are no food particles or plaque left behind in your mouth to cause gum disease, bad breath or to compromise the health of surrounding teeth. With this little bit of regular care, your implants can last for a lifetime.

We look forward to you making an appointment with a dentist at Memorial Square Dental Clinic in Calgary NE. Our team of dentists welcome your questions and look forward to the opportunity to advise you in regard to dental implants and all of your family’s dental health needs.

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