Dental Implants Sherwood Park
The procedure of a dental implant are a common way to replace missing teeth and, depending on case, can help a person smile more confidently, eat and chew easier, and preserve natural facial contours. Implants are not just for missing teeth, but can also be an alternative to bridges, partials or used for the purposes of supporting dentures. When it comes to dental implants, Sherwood Park has a professional and competent team at Bennett.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant consist of two parts - a titanium ‘root’ that is placed into the jaw and artificially constructed tooth typically made of porcelain. They are specially designed to replicate the appearance and performance of natural teeth.
Bennett Dental routinely performs the placement of many dental implants along with the development of the related restorations (artificial teeth) at it's Sherwood Park location. To determine whether or not you are good candidate for dental implants, you may be referred to a periodontist or oral surgery specialist. They can assess the health of the gingiva and bone below the gum line. It is important that the bone structure can support the implant. In some cases, it may necessitate a bone graph, and in other cases it may not be feasible to have an implant.
Your overall health is taken into consideration along with thorough oral examination and x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth are obtained. Having dental implants fitted is a thorough but also length process which can span 2-3 months.
Questions on Dental Implants?
Placement of the Implant
Following assessment and approval, an appointment is made to place the initial titanium root into your jawbone. It will take a period of time for the tissue and bone areas to heal, at which time you will be able to return to have your dentist in Sherwood Park create and place the prosthetic tooth.
Typically, inline with having the implant placed, a second part of the survey is performed in which your dentist will secure a healing abutment to the implant portion. This healing abutment will create a buffer so that the gum tissue can heal without extending over the implant. Additional x-rays may be performed at this point to check the integrity and position of the implant with the bone structure. Gum tissues is then stitched back into position and you are given time to heal. During the healing process, the implant completely fuses with the bone. Every implant case and patient is unique, and you will be informed on the length of the healing process and set another appointment at our Sherwood Park location to fabricate the replacement tooth.
Fitting the Replacement Tooth
Following the healing period, your dentist may require that additional x-rays are taken to check how well your implant has attached with the bone. If the implant is cleared to support the replacement tooth the healing abutment is then detached. We can complete all of these services in Sherwood Park.
An impression coping is connected to the implant and the area is assessed and may require another x-ray to confirm that the coping is fully seated. Now, an impression of is taken of the implant and surrounding area, including opposing teeth. The impression coping can be removed and the healing abutment is put back in place on the implant. The impression will allow a dental lab to create the replacement tooth and the final abutment, which will connect it to the tooth. With these dental implant parts created, we will have you return to clinic to have the healing abutment removed, the final abutment attached, and the replacement tooth screwed or cemented in to place on the abutment. This is a careful process, and several appointments may be required along with x-rays to confirm that it is seated and positioned properly.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The exact cost of your tooth replacement depends on variables such as quantity of missing teeth, number of implant posts required to secure your restorations, materials used, and whether bone grafting is involved. Also, some patients may require additional dental treatments before the procedure so these also may factor into the costs.
There are a number of skilled professionals who will be involved in the assessment, creation and fitting of your dental implants.
With proper care and regular checkups, your implants will look-and-feel just as natural as your regular teeth.