Having a toothless space in your mouth can affect your quality of life in a lot of ways, from limiting your ability to chew to influencing the stability of your smile. Here at Summerside Dental, we can help you find a solution so you can enjoy life with a healthy smile!
Traditional teeth-replacement methods such as dentures, bridges, or partial dentures are affordable options for restoring your smile and function, but they might not be what’s right for you. Dental implants are the most realistic choice for replacing teeth, making the smile look and function more closely to a natural one. They also provide maximum stability since they are integrated into the jaw through surgical placement, preserving the bone where the original tooth was lost.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a lot of advantages to individuals with missing teeth, such as
- Restoring basic functions, such as chewing and speaking
- Preventing other teeth from shifting
- Improving oral health and hygiene
- Preventing bone loss due to lack of stimulation
- Give a permanent and long-lasting solution to missing teeth Read More
Dental Implants & Treatments at Our South Edmonton Dental Clinic
What To Expect
As a result of having to wait for tissues to heal and bones to grow before proceeding to the next step, dental implantation can take months from start to finish. Depending on your specific circumstances and the procedures you need for your treatment, certain steps may be combined or skipped altogether.
Generally, a patient undergoing dental implant treatment can expect the following:
- Damaged tooth extraction
- Jawbone preparation or grafting
- Dental implant placement
- Subsequent bone growth and healing
- Abutment placement
- Placement of your new removable or fixed artificial teeth
Southside Edmonton Dental Implants
Our experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Antonella Trache, and our general dentists collaborate to deliver appropriate, comfortable and timely sequential multi-appointment treatments.
The Implantation Process at Summerside
At Summerside Dental, each step of the dental implant placement process is performed by our team of experienced general dentists to restore your teeth from root to crown. We begin every treatment by first scheduling a consultation and future planning appointments with our patients, which usually also involve measuring the size of the tooth gap and assessing the unique characteristics of your smile.
From there, we will work to prepare you for any necessary tooth extraction and the following implantation processes. Once you have recovered from these extraction procedures, custom gold abutments and porcelain crowns are affixed, titanium implants placed, and a new healing period is prescribed to allow the healing cap to heal the tissue.
Please contact our dental clinic to schedule a consultation to determine whether a dental implant is the right solution for your missing tooth.
Dental Implant FAQ
Why should I get a dental implant?
To replace a missing tooth, a dental implant is the strongest, most stable, and most natural-looking option. It will prevent further bone loss where the missing tooth was extracted and will prevent other teeth from shifting into that space. Generally, dental implants are the right option if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a fully developed jawbone
- Have adequate bone density to ensure your implants are secured in place, or have the ability to acquire bone graft(s)
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Don’t have any preexisting health conditions affecting bone healing
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Are patient and willing to commit several months to the process
- Don’t smoke tobacco
Does it hurt to get a dental implant?
With regular dental numbing/freezing you will feel pressure but not pain when the titanium implant is threaded into the bone. Most patients find that it takes less time and causes less discomfort to have an implant placed than it did to have the tooth extracted.
How much do dental implants cost?
Each component of the dental implant has its own variable fee based on its size, weight, material, and position of placement in the mouth. The titanium threaded screw that goes into the bone, the stainless steel healing cap, the custom lab-made gold abutment or connecter piece, and the gold or porcelain crown over top all have a range of costs associated with them. Please call 780-665-4833 to schedule an examination with our experienced oral surgeon who places implants, Dr. Antonella Trache, and an X-ray to assess the quality of the remaining bone and the precise measurement of the implant needed to fit in your missing tooth site.
What can I expect after my dental procedure?
As dental implants involve a series of dental surgeries, patients can expect to experience the typical dental surgery-related discomforts, such as:
- Swelling of gums and face
- Bruising of skin and gums
- Pain and/or discomfort in or around the implantation site
- Minor bleeding
We strongly advise patients who experience a worsening of the above symptoms in the days following their dental surgery to contact their oral surgeon.
How can I ensure my artificial teeth stay healthy and last longer?
Similar to other dental treatments and preserving good oral health, our dentists recommend upholding excellent oral hygiene, maintaining a regular schedule for dental checkups, and abstaining from damaging habits such as teeth grinding, smoking, tobacco chewing, and consuming caffeine products.