Dental implants are designed to provide foundation for replacement teeth. They allow patients to enjoy more freedom and flexibility. A patient regains ability to eat many of the foods they have had to avoid. Teeth appear natural. Facial contours are preserved. .
What are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts. They are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone then bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Why Consider Getting Dental Implants in Calgary SE?
When you lose several teeth, it also feels as though losing such a vital part of yourself. That goes whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years. Dental implants can replace the missing tooth or teeth in a way that functions as close as your real teeth as possible.
What Types of Prostheses or Replacement Teeth are Available and What are the Costs?
One advantage of dental implant treatment is that there is usually an option to fit everyone’s budget. The replacement teeth that you choose will determine the overall cost of your implant treatment.
Fees for implants start at less than a thousand dollars for mini implants. Full implants cost more, usually similar to the cost of a bridge. Sometimes bone grafting needs to be done first, so it can seem like fairly major treatment. But getting solid teeth back when you have been without them is definitely worth it.
Of course this type of treatment is not for everyone. We have a full range of lower cost treatment options available to our patients.
Non-Removable or Fixed Option
The best prosthetic option for replacing missing teeth is the non-removable or fixed option. Here we replace and reconstruct missing or soon to be lost teeth with teeth that cannot be removed by the patient.
This option is also the most complicated of implant supported replacement teeth. Of course the number of teeth to be replaced will also have direct bearing upon the cost.
Removable Prosthetic Tooth
The second and most popular option for replacement teeth supported by dental implants is the removable prosthetic tooth option.
Like the non-removable replacement tooth option, the cost depends on the number of teeth to be replaced and if all replacement teeth will be using dental implants as support.
Sometimes replacement teeth will be supported by implants and gum tissue. This is less costly but the patient needs to endure some movement of the replacement tooth. This is also much more stable than a complete denture for example, which “floats” around in many mouths of denture wearers.
These types of removable tooth replacements are made to attach to the supporting implants in various ways. Dentists may use rubber ring attachments, small clips, magnets or more expensive customized precision type attachment devices.
These types of replacement teeth are removed by the patient at home for daily cleaning. With non-removable replacement teeth, this is not necessary. Replacement teeth are brushed just like natural teeth.
Once the tooth root replacement implants have healed in the bone and are ready to support the replacement teeth, we begin the second stage treatment. This involves tooth replacement procedures for fixed or removable tooth replacements.
Implant Retained Dentures
A third type of implant are those that help hold full dentures in place. The dentures still can be removed but when they are in, they can be clipped onto the implants to hold the denture in nice and tight.
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must first be examined thoroughly. Your medical and dental history will be reviewed too. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, other procedures, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type of Anesthesia is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in our dental clinic in Calgary under local anesthesia (freezing) and sedation is available for nervous patients.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years. That is if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing). Keeping your regular maintenance appointments is also a must.