At Highmoor Dental, our dental team might place a dental implant into our Edmonton patients' mouths as part of the process of replacing a missing tooth, leaving your with a natural-looking smile.
A dental implant is a small, titanium screw that will function like a natural tooth's root. They can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many different missing teeth.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone and then bonds with the patients' natural bone in order to service as an anchor for a replacement tooth.
Dental implants are able to help prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve issues with jaw joint pain or biting and to restore the appearance of facial tissues.
If a tooth is missing, the surround teeth may begin to shift out of place to fill in the gap, causing misalignment issues. The jaw bone around that area may also start to deteriorate and cause facial collapse and start to negatively impact your ability to speak and eat.
The dental implant procedure requires both a tooth replacement and a dental implant itself (a titanium screw).
Your dentist will begin the procedure by placing the implant into your jaw bone below the gum tissue. As your soft tissue heals, the implant will bond with your jaw bone and attach to your gums.
Once the bone is healed, usually between 3 and 6 months after this initial procedure, patients return to our Edmonton office to complete the procedure.
At this final appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, denture or bridge to the implant, creating a natural-looking and feeling replacement tooth.
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Highmoor Dental.
If your properly care for your implant, they can last a lifetime. This involved properly brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene appointments and examination sat your dentist's office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
You should care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting the dentist regularly for hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper routine of brushing and flossing at home is critical top preventing disease or decay from developing in the teeth and gums surrounding your dental implant. These can negatively affect your dental implants too.
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia in order to make you more comfortable and to prevent pain during the procedure.
After the procedure, there usually isn't too much discomfort. Most patients are able to manage their pain with any over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after their procedure.
You will also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure to avoid any pain or irritation.
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes about two to nine months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
Some insurance companies will be able to cover the cost of your dental implants, while some may only pay for a portion of the cost and other won't pay for any of it.
To determine what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.
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