Dental Implants – The Sustainable and Effective Teeth Replacement Treatment
Missing teeth are a dental problem because they affect more than your smile. Leaving these gaps unfilled for an extended period will cause the surrounding teeth to shift and fill the available spaces. Furthermore, the body begins to reabsorb the alveolar (supports the teeth) bone after a while. Most people with missing teeth tend to lose about 12 percent of the supporting bone in the first year, and then after that, the bone loss happens gradually. Replacing your missing teeth is paramount to your dental health.
Fortunately, we have several restorative dental treatments, like dental implants in SE Calgary, that can replace your missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Teeth implants are metal posts–often made of titanium or zirconia–fixed on the jaw. These posts are made of three parts; the screw, abutment, and crowns, and that is why they create a seamless look.
Several dental implant options are available that you can choose from.
- Endosteal implants are the traditional forms that are ideal for people with sufficient bone support.
- Subperiosteal implants are often used on people with less bone density and who don’t want to get the bone grafting procedure. These implants are fixed above the jaw bone, but the dentist will use a framework that offers support.
- All-on-4 implants are used when you have multiple teeth missing either on the upper or lower jaw. The dentist will fix two implants on the upper and lower jaw to support the teeth.
- Mini implants are similar to the endosteal ones but smaller in size.
Who Can Get Implants?
While teeth implants are effective in replacing your teeth, they are not ideal for all people. Our dentist in SE Calgary will recommend dental implants if you meet the following criteria:
- Have a mature jaw (meaning you are 17and above)
- Healthy teeth and gums
- Sufficient bone density
- Healthy habits like no smoking
How Do They Compare with Dentures and Bridges?
Both dentures and bridges replace the missing teeth. However, they differ from the implants in a few ways, like appearance and procedure. The dentures are removable restorations that can be partial or complete versions.
Bridges are permanent and are non-invasive restorations that replace one or multiple teeth.
Unlike dental implants, dentures and implants do not stop bone loss.
Is Bone Graft Necessary Before Getting Dental Implants?
No, it is not necessary unless you do not have bone support. Sufficient bone density is required before the dental implants are fixed. If you fail to have enough bone support, our dentist in Calgary will recommend bone grafting.
Bone grafting involves using bone granules from your hip or a cadaver. The dentist will fix the granules on the jaw to stimulate new bone growth.
What Can You Expect?
The dental implant procedure is done in few steps that last for a couple of months.
- Comprehensive assessment
The dentist will begin the process with a comprehensive dental assessment to check the condition of the jaw. We will take you through the procedure and what you can expect.
- Fixing of the implants
If a bone graft is not done, the dentist will open the gums, drill the jaw, and fix the implants. The process is done in about 45 to 60 minutes under local anesthesia, although dental sedation is used at times.
It can take several months for the gums to heal and the bone to fuse to the implant. The osseointegration process is vital to the success of the procedure.
- Placing the abutment
Abutment or connector can be fixed on the day of the implant procedure or after the gums have healed. The dentist will open up the gums and place the connector and seal them again.
- Fixing the crowns
The final step involves either screwing or cementing the dental crowns.
What Can You Expect After the Procedure?
You may experience gum bleeding, soreness, and pain, but the dentist will prescribe medication to ease the pain and prevent and infection. These dental problems will clear after a few days, but if they persist, visit a dentist’s office near you.
Schedule an Appointment
Visit Sedona Dental for more information about dental implants and what you can expect.