At Canmore Dental Centre, Dr. Maier offers dental implants to patients in Canmore and the surrounding area.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that functions much like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone, then bond with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacements.
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can help to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting as well as improve appearance, speech, and oral health.
Improve Your Smile with Dental Implants at Canmore Dental CentreWhen we lose teeth as adults, our primary concern is the annoyance of having to contend with a gap in our bite and smile. We do not realize that there are far greater concerns than difficulties with biting and chewing. Bone, like all living tissue, must work to remain healthy and strong. When teeth are removed, the bone that held them in place becomes weak and begins to erode away. Bridges and dentures do fill the gaps, but they do nothing to stop the bone erosion. Once again, science has provided the answer – dental implants.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure involves two main components, a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
Dr. Maier will begin by surgically placing the dental implant into your jaw bone below the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant will gradually bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once your mouth has healed, generally 3 to 6 months post-surgery, you will return to our office for the next step in the procedure.
He will then attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Still have questions regarding dental implants? Browse through the questions below to find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Canmore Dental Centre.
- How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care dental implants can last a lifetime. Caring for your implants includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors such as nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Caring for dental implants is easy. You simply care for them as you would care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleaning appointments as well as maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During the implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable and won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is typically little discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
That said, you will need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks to avoid any hurting the area where your new implant has been placed or causing irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes between 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.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Each insurance policy is different. Some insurances companies will cover the cost of dental implants, while some will only pay for a portion of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine whether your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.