If you are completely missing one or more of your natural teeth, there may have only been a few options available to you in the past to restore your smile. Your past options were to have a fixed bridge placed or be fitted for a partial denture. While fixed bridges and partial dentures are still wonderful options for many patients, dental implants can restore your smile without the need for a removable appliance or compromising surrounding teeth. With dental technology constantly advancing, implants are easy to place and have an incredibly high success rate.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small metal rod that is made out of surgical-grade titanium. There are small holes at the base of the implant, which help your jaw bone to fuse naturally with the metal. Once the implant has been placed, you can expect it to fully heal and fuse with the bone in anywhere from three to six months. Implants are ideal for most healthy adult patients and require no drilling or filing of surrounding teeth. What’s more, dental implants are completely permanent once they have fully healed.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime and they are a permanent solution for missing teeth. The surgical-grade titanium fuses naturally with your bone, so it is a solid, sturdy and permanent option. Despite the three to six month heal time after having the implant placed, you’re looking at a restorative option that will last you for decades without the need for replacing. Crowns and other restorations can be placed on top of the implant once it has healed. Some patients have implants placed specifically to keep their dentures securely in place for a more natural look and feel.
What to Expect with the Procedure?
The dental implant procedure is relatively easy and can be done quickly in our office. You will first have a consultation with our doctors to determine the best treatment for your dental health. The surgery itself requires an incision to the gums to place the implant. Sutures are often used to close the incision and promote quicker and more even healing to the area. You will need to come into the office several times while the implant is healing to ensure it is still securely in place. Once the implant has healed, you can have a crown placed on top to restore your smile.
Questions? Contact Today's Dental Grande Prairie!
If you have any additional questions, or are looking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beeson, our dentist in Grande Prairie, AB, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today! We also offer emergency dental treatments as well.