If you have lost teeth due to damaged or decayed teeth, or even from an injury, replacing them can be easy with dental implants. They are an alternative to bridges, partials and complete dentures and resemble your natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial roots that are inserted into the jawbone to replace the natural root of your tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is then inserted onto the implant and this implant acts like an anchor for your tooth. The implants are extremely strong and will keep your teeth in their place allowing for more comfort and an overall seamless appearance.
Who can perform this procedure?
Your first visit will be with your dentist so that he/she may examine your teeth and you both may decided if an implant is a fit for you. Dentists who specialize in implants are called periodontists or oral surgeons and our staff here at Strathcona Dental Works are able to get your started on your implant journey.
Who can get implants?
If you are in good standing health, have a strong foundation in your bone structure in your jaw and have healthy gums, implants may just be a perfect fit for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or is not able to hold the implant, bone grafting (growth of new bone) may be another alternative to get a strong foundation for your implant. Your dentist will be able to discuss these options with you further.
How do you care for your implants after insertion?
Since the artificial tooth acts and feels like a real tooth, good oral hygiene is mandatory for the longevity of your implant. Daily flossing and brushing as well as checkups with your dentist will assist in keeping your gums and teeth strong for the long haul. It is always best to check in with your dentist should any issues arise post surgery to keep your implant healthy as well as your bite.
If you have ever thought about the potential of implants, or if you have any questions related to the procedure please give our talented team of professionals at Strathcona Dental Works in Calgary, Alberta a call today! We would love to see you and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.