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Dental Implants

If one or more of your teeth are missing, we can replace them to look like your natural set of teeth.

Why Choose Eguren Dentistry For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that can be inserted into your jawbone where a tooth once was. Titanium is biocompatible, so the post will fuse with the bone tissue to essentially replace the roots of the missing tooth. This provides a strong, stable foundation for the restoration it supports. One or more dental implants can be placed throughout the mouth to support a crown, bridge, partial, or full denture in order to replace any number of missing teeth. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option designed to replace the root structure of a missing tooth, making it the most lifelike and reliable choice.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

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The process of getting dental implants in Edmonton requires a multi-step process. Luckily, we’re able to perform the entire treatment from start to finish in one convenient location because our dentists have undergone advanced training. While dental implants require a longer and more involved process than traditional forms of tooth replacement, they are well worth the effort. Every step is key for ensuring your dental implants are as durable, comfortable, and long-lasting as possible.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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First, you’ll need to visit us for a consultation to ensure that dental implants are right for you and complete any necessary preliminary treatments. At Eguren Dentistry, we’ll review your medical history and assess the current state of your oral health during your appointment. If you have any underlying issues that need to be addressed, we’ll work with you to complete any procedures like gum disease therapy, bone grafting, or tooth extractions. Once you’re good to go, you can schedule your dental implant surgery.

Dental Implant Surgery

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As mentioned earlier, we’ll perform your dental implant placement surgery right here in our Edmonton office. The procedure is actually fairly simple! Before doing anything, we’ll numb your mouth to ensure you’re completely comfortable. Then, we’ll make small incisions in your gum tissue to access the jawbone. Each implant will be surgically inserted at precise locations and angles. After we suture the gums shut, we’ll place a protective cap over the implants to keep them safe throughout the healing process.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

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Over the following three to six months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone via a natural process called osseointegration. It’s what makes dental implants in Edmonton so reliable! After that process is complete, you’ll return to our office for a second minor surgery to receive your abutments. These small metal connector pieces are attached to your implants, allowing us to secure your custom-made restoration into place.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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Finally, you’ll return to our office to have your final crown, bridge, or denture anchored in place. Since they’re designed based on impressions of your natural smile, they’ll blend seamlessly with your remaining teeth. Once in place, you’ll be ready to enjoy your newly rebuilt grin!

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Often considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, dental implants in Edmonton are one of the most desirable tooth-restoration options available due to their ability to replicate natural teeth in terms of look, feel, and functionality! Thanks to their surgical placement inside the jawbone, this modern solution provides a vast array of impressive benefits that you simply don’t have access to when it comes to other options like dentures or bridges. Keep reading below to learn more about these incredible benefits and how dental implants vastly improve your smile and quality of life.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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Your smile is one of the first things that people will notice about you, and dental implants will certainly allow you to show off your pearly whites to the whole world. Here are some of the advantages they can offer your daily life:

Health Benefits

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Dental implants can also provide you with several noteworthy health benefits, such as:

Long-Term Benefits

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Designed to function as a permanent solution for missing teeth, dental implants are also accompanied by several long-term benefits, including:

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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We often recommend dental implants in Edmonton to help our patients replace their missing teeth due to the fact that the treatment is incredibly versatile; whether you’ve lost just one tooth or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants can easily make your smile whole once more! After we’ve examined your mouth, we’ll be able to determine whether dental implants are the best solution for you and put together a personalized treatment plan based on your needs.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

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Most healthy adults with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants, which explains in part why they’ve become such a popular option for tooth replacement. The most common issues which would prevent a patient from being a viable candidate include lack of bone support or excess space between existing teeth. However, we can recommend dental implants if:

In some instances, preliminary procedures such as periodontal therapy or dental bone grafting might be needed before a patient can receive dental implants. We’re happy to help you schedule these preparatory procedures (if they’re deemed necessary) to get you on track for receiving your new smile!

Missing One Tooth

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If you have just one missing tooth, we can place a single implant in the space where it used to be. Once it’s fused with your jawbone, we’ll be able to restore the lost tooth with a crown that’s been customized specifically for your smile. These implant crowns are often sturdier than traditional dental bridges and can even potentially last for decades. They look and feel so natural that you might even forget which tooth you’ve had replaced!

Missing Multiple Teeth

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For patients missing two or more teeth in a row, an implant bridge is often utilized. This involves a pair of implant posts being placed before a special dental bridge is anchored to seamlessly fill in the gap and restore your smile’s functionality. In cases where teeth are missing in different parts of your mouth, dental implants can also be used to support a partial denture, although the exact number of implant posts needed will depend on your needs.

Missing All Teeth

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If you’ve lost all of your teeth, implant dentures can be utilized; this treatment consists of 4 to 6 strategically placed dental implants that are capable of supporting a full denture. Often, implant dentures are designed to stay in your mouth at all times, meaning that you can brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth. This also means you won’t have to deal with your teeth slipping and sliding around your mouth, thanks to the stability provided by the implant posts.

Dental Implant FAQs

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If you’re missing teeth, dental implants could be the solution that you’ve been looking for. However, they are quite an investment, so it pays to be well-informed. Here are the answers to some of the most popular questions we are asked about dental implants in Edmonton. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Just give us a call! We’d be happy to explain more about the procedure and get you started with an initial consultation.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

The lifespan of dental implants typically depends on the health and lifestyle choices of the patient. To ensure that implants last, it’s important that you brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash on a daily basis. Attend regular checkups and avoid chewing on anything particularly hard or sticky. With proper maintenance, dental implants can last for upwards of three decades! That’s several times longer than traditional bridges and dentures.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

The jawbone doesn’t have very many nerve endings, and your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. You will also most likely be sedated, lowering your body’s ability to register pain. While the surgery shouldn’t be painful, you may experience some soreness for a few days afterward. Take prescribed and over-the-counter pain medication as directed. Cold compresses can also help. If your discomfort worsens instead of improving after a few days, give us a call!

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

When placed by a skilled professional, dental implants can have a success rate of over 95%. The success rate of your implants will depend on how well you care for them with oral hygiene, routine checkups, and lifestyle choices. Success can also vary based on the location of the implant. For instance, molars receive more strain from chewing than front teeth, so they may be slightly more likely to fail.

Am I Too Young to Get Dental Implants?

Most dental professionals will not place implants in patients younger than 18. This is because if dental implants are placed before the jaw has finished growing, it could interfere with further bone development and potentially result in complications. Most people’s jaws aren’t fully developed until young adulthood, and some people’s jaws take until their mid-20s to develop. In general, men’s jaws take longer to develop than women’s jaws. During your consultation, we will determine if dental implants are the right option for you at this time.

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

Dental implants can last for upwards of 30 years or even the rest of your life if you are taking all the right steps to care for them. If you aren’t taking the time to protect your dental implants from becoming damaged, they could end up failing and needing to be replaced. The good news is that with just a few simple precautions, you can keep your implants healthy and enjoy their benefits for numerous years down the road.

Making Oral Hygiene a Priority

Dental implants cannot get cavities themselves, but you should still practice excellent oral hygiene. In addition to keeping your surrounding teeth in good shape, sticking to an excellent oral hygiene routine can prevent other dental problems, like gum disease, that can cause your implants to fail. Remember to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash every day.

Eat a Healthy Diet

One of the many benefits of getting dental implants is the fact that you won’t have any restrictions. You can easily enjoy nutritious meals without struggling to chew. Just remember that enjoying too many foods that are hard, sticky, or sugary can be problematic for your oral health, so it still pays to be cautious.

Break Bad Habits

Refrain from smoking or using tobacco products immediately after your dental implant placement procedure. This can slow down healing and increase your risk of developing an infection. Don’t use your teeth as tools either. You could end up accidentally damaging your dental implants or surrounding teeth. Instead, try to find some scissors, pliers, a bottle opener, or another tool that can help you complete your task safely.

Protect Your Dental Implants

Your dental implants may be strong, but they aren’t indestructible. You should always wear a mouthguard to protect your dental implants and natural teeth when participating in sports. If you grind your teeth at night, ask about a nightguard to protect your implants from additional wear and tear.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

You should always attend regular cleanings and checkups twice a year. This way, we can monitor your dental implants and spot any issues as easily as possible. By catching potential problems now, you can keep them from becoming more serious and leading to greater consequences.

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