Dental implants on Jasper Ave. in Edmonton

At our practice, we believe that with a little TLC and good oral hygiene, adults can keep all of their teeth well into old age. However, missing teeth can happen for a variety of reasons. Accidents, dental traumas, deep decay, or gum disease that has gone untreated for a long time can all cause teeth to be lost. When this happens, it’s in the patient’s best interest to have the missing tooth or teeth replaced with a dental restoration as soon as possible. If left untreated, missing teeth can cause the rest of the teeth in the mouth to shift out of alignment, and can even cause the jaw to shrink. Fortunately, with implant dentistry there are effective solutions for missing teeth.

How to dental implants work?

Dental implants work by inserting a tiny titanium screw into the jawbone where the root of the natural tooth used to reside. While the gum is healing, the tissues fuse to the screw and it will be anchored securely to the jawbone.

A custom created prosthetic tooth is fashioned to fit onto the titanium post. These artificial teeth closely mimic the look and feel of a real tooth. They are durable and long lasting. This process will require a few visits over the course of 1-3 months.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Even if you are only missing one tooth, it’s important to have it replaced with an implant to bridge the gap between the remaining teeth to prevent them from shifting. In addition, replacing the lost tooth will restore function to the mouth, and make activities such as chewing and speaking easier. Dental implants can also enhance the appearance of a mouth that is missing teeth; in most cases, the dental implant is virtually indistinguishable from the remaining teeth. Since dental implants are a permanent restoration, they will not interfere with eating. Unlike with dentures, you don’t have to sacrifice certain foods with dental implants.

At Illuminada Dental, we have seen countless smiles transformed by implant dentistry. If you are missing one or more teeth, don’t hesitate to call or come in for an appointment to see if dental implants are right for you.