At Deer Valley Dental Care in South East (SE) Calgary, we offer dental implants to provide a foundation for replacement teeth.
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone where teeth are missing.
These titanium posts act as artificial tooth roots, and typically support a dental crown. Together, the implant and crown act as a permanent replacement for a missing tooth.
Dental implants restorations that function and look much like natural teeth do. They are fixed, and so cannot be removed like dentures.
With proper care and good oral hygiene, dental implants can last a life time.
A prosthetic option for replacing missing teeth is the non-removable or fixed option. Here we replace and reconstruct missing or soon-to-be lost teeth with prosthetic teeth that cannot be removed by a patient.
Removable tooth replacements, including full dentures, are made to attach to the supporting dental implants in various ways. Dentists may use rubber ring attachments, small clips, magnets or other customized precision type attachment devices.
These types of replacement teeth can be removed by a patient at home for daily cleaning.
Check out answers to our most commonly asked questions about dental implants.
If you are considering implants, your mouth must first be examined thoroughly. Your medical and dental history will be reviewed too. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, other procedures, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
Once a dental implant is placed, your dentist can proceed with replacing missing teeth. Once teeth are replaced, patients may enjoy more freedom and flexibility by regaining the ability to eat many of the foods they have had to avoid. Teeth appear natural. Facial contours are preserved.
When considering dental implant treatment, there are options to fit everyone’s budget. The replacement teeth that you choose will determine the overall cost of your implant treatment. Fees start at less than a thousand dollars for mini implants. Full implants cost more, usually similar to the cost of a bridge. Bone grafting may be required.
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in our dental clinic in Calgary under local anesthesia (freezing) and sedation is available for nervous patients.
Take care of your implants and teeth and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing). Ensure to keep your regular hygiene and maintenance appointments.
Sometimes, it is possible to place implants on the same day as teeth are extracted but usually, it takes three to six months of healing before you are ready for implant to be placed.
Your dentist will provide you with instructions on what to do after an implant has been placed. Generally, you should wait to rinse your mouth until 48 hours after the procedure, and then begin to gently rinse at least 5-6 times a day (morning, after each meal and before bed) for about two weeks.
Your dentist will provide you with instructions on what foods or drinks to avoid after an implant has been placed. Generally, a diet of soft foods is recommended first week or two after the procedure.