Callingwood Dental Health Centre offers dental implants in West Edmonton for patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth. A dental implant is a titanium implant that is placed into your jawbone and is therefore a permanent fixture. An implant is biocompatible, lightweight and strong enough to function like a natural tooth. Types of dental implant treatments include single-tooth implants, multiple-teeth implants, and implant-supported dentures.
Dr. Linda Xie is very experienced in handling dental implant procedures at our office. She received extensive training at the Misch Implant Institute Surgical Program and the University of Michigan Advanced Periodontal and Implant Surgical Program. She is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Implant-supported dentures are mainly for patients who don't have enough bone in their jaw to support the dentures by themselves. Implants can also help the function and feel of dentures if a patient finds that their dentures are frequently loose. Dental implants are used to help secure your dentures, reducing the chance of them becoming loose and falling out or causing you to gag. When your dentures are secure, you will enjoy increased confidence because of their more natural feel. Please keep in mind that dentures only replace about 30% of the natural function of your mouth and will not prevent bone loss. Implants, however, do prevent bone loss as they stimulate the jawbone.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
To see if you're eligible for dental implants in West Edmonton, you must visit our office for an in-person consultation. Your dentist will examine your mouth and talk to you about the implant procedure and your health. First and foremost, you must have enough bone density to support the dental implant; the jawbone can be built up, but this will require a separate procedure and more recovery time before a dental implant is ever placed. You should also be a non-smoker and in good oral and overall health with the ability to recover quickly. People with gum disease or those who are taking medications that could limit bone growth typically aren't ideal candidates for dental implants. But really, the only way to know is to speak with your dentist!
You should care for your dental implants just like you would for your natural teeth. This will help them last a lifetime! To learn more about the benefits of dental implants and implant-supported dentures, contact Callingwood Dental Health Centre.