Most people have heard of the term "dental implants", but many are not completely sure of what they are and how they can benefit from them. Patients are often hesitant to pursue dental implant treatment because of reasons such as they "don't want a giant screw" put into their jaw or they don't want to go through a "big surgery and painful recovery". At Newbury Dental, we've heard it all, and for many patients it is really the unknown that is holding them back from enjoying the many benefits of dental implants.
A dental implant is a biocompatible medical device that acts as an artificial root to support an artificial tooth (a crown). It is inserted into the jawbone and serves as a foundation to support a replacement tooth such as a crown, bridge or denture.
There are some health and risk factors to consider before getting dental implants placed, but there are many benefits for patients who are missing teeth. Dental implants can improve your quality of life by restoring your ability to chew or restoring the cosmetic appearance of missing teeth. Dental implants can also improve your health by preventing your jawbone from shrinking due to a lost tooth, maintain the health of surrounding bone and gums, and stabilize neighboring teeth and your bite by preventing harmful changes. Lastly, dental implant restorations can be fixed in the mouth, meaning they don't need to removed daily like a denture and they can brushed and flossed similar to a natural tooth.
Dental implants are very safe for good candidates. The procedure has a long track record of more than 30 years and the success rate is very high. Generally, for patients who are in good health, the risk of major complications after dental implant treatment is low.
The entire restoration process will occur in phases and, in its entirety, usually takes three to five months, with added time for more complex situations.
Dental implants offer many benefits and are a great treatment option, but they must be balanced with your needs, goals and oral health priorities. If you'd like to know more or are ready for a consultation you can BOOK ONLINE and we'll be sure to arrange an appointment for you.
At our South Edmonton dental clinic, we are committed to providing you with high quality dental implant services in South Edmonton. Using modern surgical techniques and technology, combine with thorough post operative instructions and post-implant check-ups, we will guide you and make sure you feel looked after throughout the entire process.