Dental Implants What You Need To Know

March 23, 2016

Having a missing tooth can do more than just ruin your smile. It can interfere with eating, talking and even cause bone loss. Plus, missing teeth can make you self-conscious. The good news is Strathcona Dental Clinic, Edmonton offers solutions to missing teeth including dental implants.

Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and improve both function and aesthetics. But before you decide whether implants are right for you, it’s helpful to become educated on what’s involved. The experienced staff at our dental office, Edmonton is happy to answer your questions. Below are a few things to keep in mind regarding dental implants:

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is placed into the jawbone. The implant replaces the tooth root, and an artificial tooth is placed on the implant.

What does the surgery involve?

Before you undergo dental implant surgery, x-rays and an exam will be completed to make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

During the procedure, small incisions are made in the gum tissue to access the jawbone. A small hole is then drilled in the bone, and the implant is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. Sutures are placed to close the gum tissue.

Next, your jawbone is given time to heal. During this time, the implant fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once the bone has integrated with the implant and the tissue has healed, a small extension called an abutment is placed on the implant. The last step is attaching the artificial tooth to the abutment.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

It takes about two to eight months to complete the implant process. Keep in mind, everyone’s treatment plan is different. You may require more or less time to complete the implant process depending on your circumstances.

How do you know if you are a candidate for dental implants?

Your dentist will consider several factors, such as your overall health and underlying medical conditions to determine whether you are a good candidate. Additionally, you need to have enough jawbone volume to support the implant, although additional procedures may be performed to build up the bone. Keep in mind, having certain medical conditions may not prevent you from getting implants, but additional measures may need to be taken.

What is the recovery like?

During the procedure, you are given local anesthesia, so you should not feel any pain. The staff and dentists at our dental clinic in Edmonton are committed to anxiety free dentistry and will do our best to ensure a stress free experience.

Although the recovery process can vary, after the anesthesia wears off, you might feel some discomfort. Over the counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, should be enough to manage the pain or you may ask for a prescription pain reliever. Your Strathcona dentist will also provide information on food or drinks to avoid as well as rinsing and oral care instructions.

How long do implants last?

Several factors play a role in how long an implant will last. But with proper care, dental implants can often last for several decades. To get started or for more information, please contact Strathcona Dental Clinic, Edmonton at (780) 433- 1154 or request an appointment online.