Dental Implants in Edmonton
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Dental Implants or Dentures
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 implants, it is important to understand the facts. The reality is that while dentures have been routinely offered to those who can no longer support their natural teeth, they represent a significant change in lifestyle. 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.
The jawbone requires bite force distribution through the root systems of the teeth in order 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 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, ability to taste food is significantly diminished.
What is the Cost of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are costly and should really be considered an investment in your health and wellness. Single implants start 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 amount of materials required as well as the skill required to perform the implantation procedure. Every patient’s requirements is unique so we recommend you speak with one of our dentists at Life Dentistry to get more information. 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.
Customizable Dental Implants
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-four implants effectively support the bite force needs of the whole jawbone, so you will not have any worries about bone resorption.
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. Dental 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 dental 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 attack, but the tissues surrounding the implant including the bone and gum tissue is 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!