Tooth loss is more than just a cosmetic concern. Missing teeth limit the function of your smile and can contribute to bone loss and other oral health issues.
Luckily, dental implants in Red Deer are the most natural and long-lasting teeth-replacement option available. Not only that, dental implants help to preserve tooth-supporting bone which naturally deteriorates once a tooth is lost. The success rate for dental implants is around 95% which is drastically higher than any other teeth-replacement option.
Dental implants require a minor and routine surgical procedure. A dental implant consists of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the missing tooth root. A lifelike custom-made crown is placed over the implant after the healing period.
How Dental Implants Work
Your dentist will surgically insert the dental implant into your jawbone. It will be left to heal over the course of a few months before the final crown is attached. During this healing period, the implant fuses to the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration.
Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used in a variety of different cases. These include:
- To replace one missing tooth: If you are missing one tooth, a single implant can be inserted into your jawbone and topped with a lifelike crown.
- To replace all teeth: Dental implants can completely support an entire arch of top or bottom teeth. The implants are fixed into the mouth and can’t be removed. In some cases, as few as four implants can be used to support the new teeth.
- To support removable dentures: Dental implants can make wearing removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier. When the removable denture is attached to implants, it can prevent it from slipping and preserves bone.
Care and Maintenance for Dental Implants
You must practice a good oral hygiene regimen and maintain professional cleanings at our office. Failing to do so, can result in a destructive bacterial infection known as peri-implantitis.