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Calgary, Alberta, T3H3C8,
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Dental implants are often made up of an anchor and an artificial tooth which is attached to it. The anchor is surgically embedded within your jawbone which eventually heals and bonds with the anchor. The artificial teeth is then attached to the anchor by posts. The artificial teeth fit right onto the gum line or close to the gums for a natural appearance.
To increase the acceptance of outside materials by the body, implants may be coated with a material such a hydroxylapatite which is well accepted by surrounding body tissues and seems to lead to few complications. For the same reasons, titanium is often used to construct anchors.
The anchor can be structured for one or more individual teeth, a partial denture, or a full denture. As a result of advances in materials and techniques, use of implants has increased dramatically in the last few years and has become an important part of modern dentistry.
The process of dental implantation involves careful assessment by the dentist to determine whether or not the option is the best one for a patient's unique set of circumstances. The dentist will use the latest dental tools, such as X-rays and computed tomography (CT Scan), and review the patient’s dental and medical history to determine if they are a suitable candidate for implant restoration.
The anchor for a dental implant must be surgically placed, which involves an incision in gum tissue. The incision is made in gum tissue and space is created in bone for the implant. Often, the procedure can be done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic.
Following your surgery, there will be a 3-6 month wait to allow your bone tissues to heal and for the anchor to fuse with the surrounding bone tissues.
Depending on the type of anchor used, posts may or may not need to be attached. Posts allow for the placement of the artificial teeth. If there are no post present, an additional procedure is needed to attach posts to the implant; however, the posts are only placed after the gum tissues have fully recovered.
Temporary effects include pain and swelling and inflammation of the gums. The possibility of long-term adverse effects is low, but rarely nerve or sinus injury may occur.
The ideal candidate for implant restoration must be highly disciplined to take care of their implants and oral health. To ensure the long-term health of your implants and oral tissues, good oral hygiene is needed which means daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits.
How long your implants last for depends on a variety of factors including:
With proper care, implants can last for ten years or longer.
Because implants are a more invasive type of procedure, it’s important to talk to your dentist to find out if they are right for you. Contact Westhills Dental in Calgary to speak with us today.