Westhills Dental Centre
218 Stewart Gr. SW,
Calgary, Alberta, T3H3C8,
We are open every second Saturday.
Patient education library includes information on various topics ranging from dental care to oral health problems.
If you are missing teeth and want to achieve a more complete smile, dental implants may be a suitable dental procedure for you.
Dental implants are often made up of anchors and artificial teeth. The anchor is surgically embedded within your jawbone. Our Calgary dentists will wait 3-4 months before finishing up with the procedure, which is why dental implants usually take 2 appointments. Depending on the type of anchor used, posts may or may not be needed to be attached. Posts allow for the placement of the artificial teeth. If there are no posts present, an additional procedure is needed to attach the posts to the implant; however, the posts are only placed after the gum tissues have fully recovered. When the gums around the implant are healed, the artificial teeth are then attached to the anchor, which are fitted right onto the gumline for a natural appearance.
In order for your body to accept foreign materials entering the body, implants may be coated with a material called hydroxyapatite. This helps stimulate bone growth which effectively helps anchor the implant better into your jawline as the body doesn’t see this foreign object as a threat. It also leads to few complications. For the same reasons, titanium is often used to construct anchors, so the implant can successfully heal.
The process of dental implantation involves careful assessment by our dentists. They determine whether or not dental implants are the best option for your dental needs. Our dentist will take X-rays or computed tomography (CT Scan), and review the patient’s dental and medical history to determine if they are a suitable candidate for implant restoration.
As with any procedure and surgery, temporary side effects may occur which include pain, swelling, and inflammation of the gums. The possibility of long-term adverse effects are low, but nerve or sinus injury may rarely occur. However, your Calgary-based family dentistry is always here to help you with any dental questions and concerns. We will guide you through proper oral hygiene to ensure the long-term health of your implants and oral tissues. If you have any questions, please contact Westhills Dental in Calgary to book a consultation.