Dental Implants in NW Calgary
Dental implants are titanium anchors that can replace the root of a natural tooth. Implants are placed in the jaw to provide a solid base for a new crown or bridge. After an implant has fully integrated with the bone and a new crown is in place, normal function is immediate.
All of our services are performed by a general dentist.
Can I Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants require adequate bone to support for placement. People without adequate bone support may require a bone graft prior to placement. In order to have the best prognosis for the placement of dental implants, gum tissues should be disease-free.
First, your mouth will be examined thoroughly and radiographs or x-rays will be taken for the initial determination of candidacy. A “CT” or computed tomography scan will then be needed to help give your dentist a three-dimensional image of the surrounding teeth and supporting structures. Plaster models may be required of your upper and lower jaws to reveal their exact alignment. Once your dentist is satisfied that an implant is indicated, your surgery time will be booked.
Having an implant placed is much easier and more comfortable than having a tooth removed. Healing time is also quite short and people usually resume normal activity the following day.
During the first surgery, your dentist places the implant in the position that will be best for the restoration. If the implant has adequate stability after initial placement, a healing abutment or small metal cylinder will be placed on top of it to allow your gingival tissue to heal normally around it. If the dentist determines that better healing will result from the implant being fully covered, a short second stage appointment will be booked after full integration of the implant to place the healing abutment discussed above.
Approximately 3 months after initial placement, the implant will be fully healed to the bone and you will be ready for the restorative phase. At this point, impressions will be taken to allow for the precise fabrication or your new tooth or teeth. It will take about one week for your dentist to have the new crown or bridge ready. Implant-supported crowns or bridges can either be screw-retained or cemented to abutments attached to the implants. These visits are usually very short and require no anesthetic. Please have your implants checked regularly to be sure that they are healthy and that the bite forces on them are normal.