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An incomplete smile may mean you’re smiling less than you’d like to be. Luckily, dental implants have come a long way thanks to advancements in dentistry.

We are happy to perform your dental implant placement in our Calgary office. Whether it’s a porcelain tooth implant or implant supported dentures, Calgary dentist Jennifer Silver will be with you every step of the implant process.

Dental Implants in Calgary;

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of an artificial titanium tooth root and a porcelain crown false tooth that is anchored to the titanium root. The artificial titanium tooth root is implanted surgically, and then allowed to heal before the porcelain crown false tooth is attached to it. A dental bridge may also be used instead of the false tooth.

Today dental implants have become a much more sustainable solution than dentures or bridges. Dental implants serve as a perfect solution for those needing a tooth or teeth replacement from decay, injury, oral disease or grinding. The ideal patients should have healthy gums as well as a strong jawbone to hold the implant in place.

What are the benefits?

Dental implants offer a way to replace missing teeth that is both functional and aesthetically successful..

  • Do not require preparation of the adjacent teeth.
  • Dental implants can prevent bone loss, a common occurrence with missing teeth.
  • Dental implants can prevent any negative effects tooth loss may have on facial appearance.
  • A replaced tooth can boost your self-confidence and help you smile more often.

Whether you have missing teeth due to decay or damage, our team can help you find a permanent solution.

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Advantages of Dental Implants

Deciding to get dental implants is one of best decisions a patient can make to help restore a gap in his/her smile, whether one tooth is missing or the entire set. Considered one of the most successful dental procedures in the field, dental implants carry a substantial success rate if taken care of properly.

Here at Southcentre Dental Clinic, Dr. Silver performs each step of your dental implant process. Whether it’s for a porcelain tooth or for dentures supported by implants, every aspect is performed at our Calgary dental implants office.

Potential Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Potentially solution to tooth loss
  • Stable and long-lasting
  • Comfortable
  • Allow you to chew more efficiently than without the missing teeth
  • Less impact on adjacent teeth compared to bridges in most situations.
  • Are natural-looking

Although unusual, like all dental procedures , there are risks associated with implant placement such as infection, pain and failure to integrate. At your consultation , Dr. Silver will see if you are a candidate for dental implants based on your specific situation. We will also discuss alternative options for tooth replacement such dentures and bridges.

 

Should I Get Dental Implants?

If you are in reasonable health and want to replace missing teeth then you are a candidate for dental implants. In some cases, a patient may not have sufficient bone tissue readily available for the placement of dental implants. In these cases, new bone can be added through a series of ridge augmentation procedures prior to placing the implants.

 

Procedure for Dental Implants in Calgary

Dr. Silver and his team will take a look at your missing teeth and determine what type of dental implant is best for you. Dr. Silver will place the artificial titanium root in your jaw, which then will be allowed to heal. Once healed, you will return to our clinic and Dr. Silver will attach the porcelain crown or bridge in place.
If you live in Calgary and are missing any teeth, consulting with Dr. Silver and his team at Southcentre Dental Clinic may be the best option for you. Please contact Dr. Silver and his team to schedule an appointment.

Dental Implant Procedure
The type of dental implant that will best suit your needs will determine the length of your procedure. Your first visit will include an examination of the structure of your jaw, a 3D scan of your jaw which will show how much bone you have available and if you are a candidate for dental implants. If you are not a candidate due to insufficient jaw density then we can discuss options to obtain this bone such as a bone graft.

 

During your second visit, the dental implant will be placed. With the exception of mini implants, this will include creating a small hole into your jawbone into which the implant will be inserted. After the implant has been placed we need to wait for the implant to intergrate. Your jawbone needs to accept the implant as a part of its natural structure. This portion of the dental implant procedure can take up to six months, but usually takes four months.

Once the dental implant has intergrated into your bone we will arrange an impression of your teeth and implant position and, send it to our dental lab partners who will create your new crown. Once your crown has been custom created to match your adjacent teeth, you will return to our office for a final placement. After the crown has been placed, you will immediately be able to enjoy renewed function and be able to go forward with a beautiful, fully restored smile.

The process for dental implants may take longer than other tooth replacement options. However, as the strongest and most secure method of tooth replacement, the wait is well worth the end results.

If you live in or around Calgary, Alberta and are interested in learning more about dental implants , please contact the helpful staff at Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule an initial consultation today.

Mini Implants vs. Standard Dental Implants

Recent advances in dental implant technology provide you with numerous options for replacing your missing teeth. Two of the most commonly used options are traditional dental implants and mini implants. Both offer you a permanent solution for replacing your missing teeth, a significant benefit compared to alternatives such as dental bridges and dentures.

Your unique oral health needs will determine whether traditional implants or mini implants best suit your needs. At your initial consultation, Calgary dentist Dr. Jennifer Silver will perform a thorough evaluation before recommending the ideal tooth replacement solution for you.

Your unique oral health needs will determine whether traditional implants or mini implants best suit your needs. At your initial consultation, Calgary dentist Dr. Jennifer Silver will perform a thorough evaluation before recommending the ideal tooth replacement solution for you.

Traditional dental implants consist of a small titanium screw that is inserted into your jaw to serve as a replacement root. During the healing process, the implant fuses with your jawbone. Once this has occurred, Dr. Silver will attach a dental crown to the implant. This will serve as your prosthetic tooth.

There are many advantages to dental implants. Since the implant fuses with your jaw, it is the most permanent and stable tooth replacement option available. Once the procedure is completed, you will be able to eat all of your favorite foods, and you won’t experience the speech issues commonly caused by dentures. Dental implants are also very versatile and can be used to:

  • Replace single missing teeth
  • Replace multiple missing teeth
  • Support a dental bridge
  • Replace a full arch of teeth

As would be expected by their name, mini implants are smaller versions of traditional dental implants. Their application is a little more limited than traditional implants. They are primarily used to lock a removable restoration such as a denture in place. This ultimately makes your denture much more stable.

Unlike traditional implants which require extensive surgery, mini implants can be inserted in a brief two hour procedure, and you will experience a substantially quicker recovery. Because the procedure is less invasive, it is ideal for patients who lack sufficient bone structure to support a traditional dental implant.

Mini implants are also much less expensive than traditional dental implants. If cost is one of your main concerns, this may be the ideal option for you.

Loose ill fitting dentures are bad enough. They slide around creating sore spots, but the fear of them falling out in the middle of a conversation or worse watching them sink to the bottom of the sea as you look out over the edge of a boat is a nightmare. Yes, this has happened to patients. Can you imagine being on a vacation when it happens. Holiday photos with no teeth. I don’t think so. Implant supported dentures can be the answer!

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What are implant supported dentures?

Standard dentures rest on the gums and do not have any support other than a denture adhesive product. And anyone who has used denture adhesive knows how well that works! If it does work try getting it off your gums. Sticks to everything but the dentures. Implant supported dentures are a form of overdenture that attaches to dental implants providing support and stability for the denture. An implant retained denture is most often used when patients do not have any teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. The dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone where it will provide structural support. The implant retained denture is created with special attachments that literally snap onto the attachments of the dental implants keeping the denture in place in the mouth.

Implant supported dentures are typically made for the lower jaw since standard regular dentures are often less stable. Normally, a standard denture made to fit an upper jaw is stable enough on its own and does not require the extra support that the dental implants provide. However, implant supported denture are available for either the upper or lower jaw.

What is an Dental Implant?

A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. An implant is made of titanium and looks like similar to a screw. Your bone will integrate around the thread and in some cases through the implant. Once the bone integrates with the dental implant, it will remain firmly in place. An attachment passes from the implant through the gum and connects to a restoration above the gum such as a crown, bridge or denture.

What Can I Expect From Implant Supported Denture?

Your dental implant retained denture will be much more stable than your standard denture. You will not only find it easier to speak, you also won’t have to worry about the denture becoming loose or falling out of your mouth. No more embarrassing moments! You will also likely be able to eat foods you could not eat before.

An implant retained denture for the upper jaw can be made to cover less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a regular denture. This is because the dental implants are holding it in place in lieu of the suction that is created between the full denture and your palate.

A six month study by McGill University in Toronto was conducted determine if people, especially elder adults, can improve their ability to chew and subsequently improve their nutrition by wearing implant retained dentures verses standard dentures. The test group that had an implant retained denture not only increased their body fat, but their blood tests indicated better nutrition showing significantly higher levels of albumin, haemoglobin (Iron) and vitamin B12. I know the extra body fat may not sound so great, but it’s much better than poor nutrition.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are in reasonable health and want to replace missing teeth or are unhappy with your regular denture, then you are a perfect candidate. Dental implant retained dentures can help anyone with dentures who would like to eat more comfortably, smile more frequently, and feel more less self-conscious when they talk and laugh. In some cases, a patient may not have sufficient bone tissue readily available for the placement of dental implants. In these cases, new bone can be added through a series of ridge augmentation procedures prior to placing the implants.

Am I too Old for Dental Implants?

Absolutely not. If you are healthy enough to undergo routine dentistry procedures, then you are likely healthy enough to have dental implants placed. Dr.Silver will be able to determine if you are a good candidate at your consultation.

How Easy are They to Look After?

Fairly easy. You should remove the implant supported denture daily to clean the denture. The dental implant should be brushed and flossed twice daily. Yes, floss! It’s just as important to floss the dental implants as real teeth. There are fewer implants to floss than a mouthful of teeth though. You would think dentists had shares in floss companies sometimes!

Some people prefer to have permanent crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Dr.Silver will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

How Does It Work?

Each dental implant holds a metal attachment. This attachment fits into a corresponding attachment on the denture. Typically, the attachments on the dental implants are ball shaped and fit snugly into the socket attachments on the denture. Once the attachments are fitted into each other the connection is very strong. Not much chance of your denture falling out no matter how funny the joke or chewy that roast beef your mother-in-law cooked.

The Implant Process

Normally, the dental implants are placed in the jawbone in the front of the mouth where your incisors would be located. This is because the bone at the front of the jaw tends to be denser than in the back of the mouth. When you lose your teeth, you also begin to lose the bone in that area. However, even if the front teeth have been missing for a while the front of the jaw will still have more bone mass. Also, the front of the jaw has considerably fewer nerves that could interfere with the placement of the dental implants.

How long it takes to complete the placement of the dental implants is dependent on several factors. The quickest and usually the most cost effective way is by utilizing an amazing system called Mini Implants (MDI Implants), basically they are narrower versions of traditional implants. Traditional implants are placed and need up to 3 to 4 months to heal before you can attach your denture to the implants. In some situations you cannot even wear your denture for a few days while the implant site heals. With mini implants we can place the implant and retro fit them to the underside of your present denture in most cases. Yes, you walk in with loose wobbly dentures and leave with tight fitting dentures without the fear of them slipping out. Most dental implant patients need 4 mini implants placed near the front of their mouth to get as much retention as possible.

Now if you want to have a more permanent restoration that you do not remove we can place traditional implants followed by a semi-fixed bridge that you do not have to remove. The complete installation of the implants can be done in approximately five months, including the installation surgeries and the placement of the semi-permanent bridge/denture. However, it is important to note that the full process can take up to a year or more, particularly if you need bone grafting or other preliminary procedures before the implants can be placed

If you have lost one tooth, the obvious answer is to receive a dental implant to replace that tooth and keep your mouth healthy and smile beautiful. But if you are missing more than one consecutive tooth, you may feel that a partial denture is the only viable option. It may surprise you to know that dental implants are just as effective replacing several lost teeth as they are replacing just one missing tooth.
Partials are removable prosthetic teeth, just like dentures, that are connected to one another and fit between your remaining teeth. This creates several aesthetic and functional problems, the first of which being that partials are made up of several false teeth fused together, which does not look natural. Your teeth are individually supported, not connected to one another, so false teeth that are fused together could appear fake regardless of how well they are crafted.
Also, because traditional partials are removable, you must be careful regarding what types of food you eat. A sticky food can become lodged between the partial and your gums, making the partial very uncomfortable until you have a chance to take it out and clean it. Kind of embarrassing when you are out at that fancy restaurant or family get together.
If it were easy to change your lifestyle, or if restaurants catered specifically to individuals with dentures, a partial might be a good option. But you live in a world where your lifestyle and goals already exist before you ever lose a tooth. So our Calgary dentist works with individuals like you to maintain your lifestyle and forget that you ever even lost teeth.
You even care for dental implants the same way you care for your natural teeth. If individual dental implants are not a good solution for you, you can at least retain your tooth functionality by having a partially permanently fixed in your mouth with dental implant posts.

What is the dental implant procedure like?

The overall timeframe for dental implants varies, the shortest time frame for a single dental implant is five months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw.

First, you will complete a consultation visit with our team to discuss the procedure in full and address any questions or concerns you may have. During the first procedure, the dentist will make a incision in the gums where the implant will be attached. Next, they will drill a hole in the bone where the implant is placed and then sew up the incision. The jawbone grows around the implant, which helps secure the replacement tooth. The healing process can range from three to six months, typically.

During the second procedure, the dentist will make a new incision and place the abutment on top of the implant in order to help the surrounding gum tissue heal and secure your new replacement tooth.

In addition, the dentist will also take impressions of your teeth to help match your bite and attach the replacement tooth (crown) to the abutment.

In some cases, you may be able to receive a one-stage procedure where the dentist can place the implant, abutment and crown in one sitting.

The good news is that dental implants doesn’t require any preparation to your neighboring healthy teeth. You’ll also receive local anesthesia during the procedure to make it less painful.

Dental implant care

After the procedure, it’s important to take good care of your new dental implants so they have a long lifespan. Treat them the same way you treat your natural teeth—brush, floss and visit the dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and a check up.

What do dental implants look like?

The prosthesis (crown) that attaches to the implants are made to match the look and function of your neighboring, natural teeth as well as your smile.

What are implant supported dentures?

Standard dentures rest on the gums and do not have any support other than a denture adhesive product. And anyone who has used denture adhesive knows how well that works! If it does work try getting it off your gums. Sticks to everything but the dentures. Implant supported dentures are a form of overdenture that attaches to dental implants providing support and stability for the denture. An implant retained denture is most often used when patients do not have any teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. The dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone where it will provide structural support. The implant retained denture is created with special attachments that literally snap onto the attachments of the dental implants keeping the denture in place in the mouth.

Implant supported dentures are typically made for the lower jaw since standard regular dentures are often less stable. Normally, a standard denture made to fit an upper jaw is stable enough on its own and does not require the extra support that the dental implants provide. However, implant supported denture are available for either the upper or lower jaw.

What Can I Expect From Implant Supported Denture?

Your dental implant retained denture will be much more stable than your standard denture. You will not only find it easier to speak, you also won’t have to worry about the denture becoming loose or falling out of your mouth. No more embarrassing moments! You will also likely be able to eat foods you could not eat before.Photo of Dental Implants in Alberta

An implant retained denture for the upper jaw can be made to cover less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a regular denture. This is because the dental implants are holding it in place in lieu of the suction that is created between the full denture and your palate.

A six month study by McGill University in Toronto was conducted determine if people, especially elder adults, can improve their ability to chew and subsequently improve their nutrition by wearing implant retained dentures verses standard dentures. The test group that had an implant retained denture not only increased their body fat, but their blood tests indicated better nutrition showing significantly higher levels of albumin, haemoglobin (Iron) and vitamin B12. I know the extra body fat may not sound so great, but it’s much better than poor nutrition. Dental Implants Image in Alberta

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are in reasonable health and want to replace missing teeth or are unhappy with your regular denture, then you are a perfect candidate. Dental implant retained dentures can help anyone with dentures who would like to eat more comfortably, smile more frequently, and feel more less self-conscious when they talk and laugh. In some cases, a patient may not have sufficient bone tissue readily available for the placement of dental implants. In these cases, new bone can be added through a series of ridge augmentation procedures prior to placing the implants.

Find out about:

  • Mini Implants
  • Care and Maintenance of Dental Implants
  • How Long Dental Implants Last
  • What Type of Implants Should I Get?

 

Absolutely not. If you are healthy enough to undergo routine dentistry procedures, then you are likely healthy enough to have dental implants placed. Dr.Silver will be able to determine if you are a good candidate at your consultation.
Fairly easy. You should remove the implant supported denture daily to clean the denture. The dental implant should be brushed and flossed twice daily. Yes, floss! It’s just as important to floss the dental implants as real teeth. There are fewer implants to floss than a mouthful of teeth though. You would think dentists had shares in floss companies sometimes!
Some people prefer to have permanent crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Dr.Silver will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
Each dental implant holds a metal attachment. This attachment fits into a corresponding attachment on the denture. Typically, the attachments on the dental implants are ball shaped and fit snugly into the socket attachments on the denture. Once the attachments are fitted into each other the connection is very strong. Not much chance of your denture falling out no matter how funny the joke or chewy that roast beef your mother-in-law cooked.

What Implants Should I Get?

We’ll help you make the decision that is right for you when you choose between different types of Calgary dental implants.
There are three broad categories of dental implant patients, and the best option for you will usually be determined by which of these categories best describes you.

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One Missing Tooth

While we’ll closely evaluate your situation to ensure that a dental implant is right for you, most patients with a single missing tooth are candidates for a porcelain crown-topped dental implant.
We’ll explain the dental implant procedure in more detail in person, but when placing a lone dental implant our Calgary dentist will:

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Place an artificial titanium root in the bone socket of the missing tooth. We then wait between three and six months for the root to fully integrate into your jawbone and heal.
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Once the process is complete, we’ll open the gum tissue and place a small abutment on the root.
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Finally, once the gum tissue is healed we will place a custom-made porcelain crown on the abutment.

Multiple Missing Teeth

If you’re missing multiple teeth, then we will probably recommend you opt for implant-supported bridges or a combination of single implants and bridge supported implants.
This procedure begins much the same way as the one to place a single crown-topped dental implant. We’ll place a titanium root and wait for it to fully integrate into your jaw bone.
We then place the dental bridge. A dental bridge is basically two porcelain crowns and a false tooth, or “pontic,” between them.

The bridge is supported by your dental implants, which makes them stronger and sturdier than other dental bridge options. This process also preserves more of your bone tissue.

Missing a Full Set of Teeth

In an extreme case where you’re missing a full row of teeth or even your complete set of teeth, we recommend dental implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants are often talked about in contrast to dentures, but the multiple titanium roots we insert as part of this procedure provide strong, firm support to a set of dentures.

After placing these implants, we’ll create a set of dentures that is right for your particular needs. The dentures will then be connected to the abutments that we have placed on top of the titanium roots.

The end result of all these procedures is better long-term dental health. Dental implants will enable you to eat and speak normally and reduce  the  issues presented by missing teeth.

If you are looking for cosmetic dental treatments, TMJ treatments, dental implants, or other smile enhancement services located in Calgary, Alberta, give Southcentre Dental Clinic a try. Dr. Silver and her team of friendly and fun dental professionals are here to make your visits to our practices easy and successful. Please call or contact us today for an appointment.

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