If you’re looking to replace lost natural teeth, dental implants can be an effective solution. They are a permanent, fixed alternative to complete or partial dentures with results that look, feel and function like natural teeth. At Appleway Dental Clinics, our team can help restore your smile with dental implants in Red Deer. Dental implants have helped many patients speak, laugh and eat comfortably.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is made of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, it is allowed to fuse with the bone to restore the function of a natural tooth root. Then, a customized dental crown is placed over the implant to restore the smile and functionality. Dental implants are strong, stable and last for many years to come.
What Makes an Ideal Patient for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for dental implants is someone who is interested in a natural-looking solution for missing teeth. There are several reasons that a patient may consider implants, including:
To replace missing natural teeth with a stand-alone restoration
To support dental bridges and complete or partial dentures
To restore beauty to a patient’s smile
To maintain tooth placement in the mouth after tooth loss
To restore the functionality of the teeth (chewing, biting and speaking efficiency)
Dental Implants Procedure
If you require dental implants, you can count on Appleway Dental Clinics. We provide comprehensive care throughout the process, including initial diagnosis, fabrication of the implant and placement of the artificial teeth.
The process may require several visits to our dentist depending on each patient’s healing process. Our dentist will take impressions and use X-rays to ensure that there is enough bone and gum tissue to support the implants. During the first appointment, durable titanium implants are inserted into the jawbone through the gums under local anesthesia. The patient may also be sedated if this has been discussed in the initial consultation. Once the implants and jawbones have bonded together (osseointegration), artificial teeth are placed during an appointment. During the healing process, the implants may require several fittings to ensure that the teeth are up to the dentist’s high standards. As a potential candidate, you will receive instructions about aftercare and oral hygiene tips for the care of the new dental implants.
While there are many alternatives, dental implants are still considered the “gold standard” in general and cosmetic dentistry. If you’re interested in getting dental implants, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.