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Dental Implants in Edmonton

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If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth and you are concerned about the functional and aesthetic challenges this poses, you may be considering a dental implant. If you are considering your options as far as dentures or teeth implants, it is important to understand the facts.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. Titanium posts are surgically placed into the jawbone for implant placement, acting as artificial tooth roots. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, a crown or bridge can be attached to it to complete the restoration procedure.

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Dental Implants vs Dentures

Advantages of Dental Implants 

One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they look and feel like natural teeth. They are designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, giving you a natural appearance that can boost your confidence and improve your overall quality of life.

Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or dental bridges, teeth implants are permanently fixed in your mouth. This means that they won’t slip or shift when you eat, speak, or laugh. 

The Challenges and Lifestyle Changes Associated with Dentures

The reality is that while dentures have been routinely offered to those who can no longer support their natural teeth, they represent a significant lifestyle change. First, dentures require a good fit to make them comfortable. Unfortunately, denture wearers know that even if dentures fit well when you get them, the shape of your dental arches will change with time resulting in multiple fittings and potential discomfort.

Jawbone Health and Denture Challenges

The jaw bone requires bite force distribution through the root systems of the teeth to continue to remineralize and remain strong. Without these bite forces, the jaw begins to direct vital minerals away from the jaw resulting in a diminishment of strength and structure.

This can have a profound impact on the appearance of the lower third of the face as well as a shortening of the profile. This results in multiple fittings and can make keeping dentures in difficult – not to mention difficult to eat with. Hives, swelling, and irritation can result from ill-fitting dentures and can make good nutrition hard to achieve if dentures are too uncomfortable to wear.

Dentures require that food be consumed in small bites, distributed across the arches evenly. Because dentures do not act like real teeth, eating with dentures can be difficult to adjust to. If dentures come with a full palate, the ability to taste the food is significantly diminished.

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What is the Cost of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are costly and should be considered an investment in your health and wellness. Single implants start at around $3000.00 each in Canada and may go up for multiple implants or a full mouth restoration.

The cost of implants is heavily influenced by the number of materials required as well as the skill required to perform the dental implant procedure. In some cases, patients may require bone grafting before getting dental implants due to insufficient jawbone support.

Every patient’s requirements are unique so we recommend you speak with one of our dentists at Life Dentistry in Edmonton to get more information. 

Customizable Dental Implants

Teeth implants can be adapted to suit the particular needs of a patient. While single implants can be installed as needed, they can also be adapted to provide full mouth restorations as seen in all-on-four implants. In this case, implants are installed in the four quadrants of each dental arch and they are used to support a full set of false teeth. All-on-4 implants effectively support the bite force needs of the whole jaw bone, so you will not have any worries about bone resorption.

If you have already been quoted by another dentist, we offer a complimentary consultation to provide a second opinion to be sure you are getting the best options available.

How to Care for Dental Implants

Dental implants can last for more than 30 years if looked after, making them the gold standard as far as longevity. Teeth implants are made of materials that will not be susceptible to the effects of plaque bacteria and, therefore, you will never need to worry about getting a cavity in your tooth implant.

Does this mean you can forego cleaning it? That’s a big no. The material that makes up your dental implant is resilient against the effects of bacteria and acid attacks, but the tissues surrounding the implant including the bone and gum tissue are still very much at the mercy of how well you keep them clean.

Overgrowth of bacteria can invade gum tissue and cause irritation and inflammation of the tissues, and gum disease can cause an implant to fail. Whether you have one implant or several, it is important to clean it regularly along with the rest of your natural teeth. Brushing twice daily, flossing and good nutrition are keys to giving your implant the best chance at long-term success.

If you think that dental implants may be right for you, see your dentist to discuss your candidacy, potential cost, and the overall improvement that implants can offer for your oral health. If you have questions about this or other services offered by our general dentist, contact our clinic today!

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