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Replacing missing teeth is important, and not just to restore appearance. Gaps between teeth are an area where plaque and tartar-causing bacteria like to settle. If this bacteria is not removed, it can quickly cause cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease.
Teeth also shift with time when there is not something to maintain the space where the missing tooth is present. Teeth naturally will move into this space which can cause issues with biting, sensitivity, and overall general function of the jaw.
One way to close these gaps and replace the teeth that are missing is through dental implants. Dentists look to dental implants as a better choice than bridges and dentures in some cases because they are a more permanent solution.
Calgary patients often come to us with missing teeth for a variety of reasons.
People can lose teeth for many reasons, including:
If you are missing any teeth, you should speak to your dentist to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. People receiving dental implants must have healthy gums and a strong jaw bone in order for the implants to work correctly.
Your dentist can examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you meet these criteria, and if so, you can move forward with treatment.
Once the implants have been placed in your bone, they become a part of your body. The implants are composed of 3 parts: the implant screw, the abutment and the manufactured crown.
The implant screw is made from biocompatible metal like titanium. It is surgically implanted in your jawbone and acts as a replacement for the tooth root.
The abutment is also made from titanium, and it joins the implant screw to the manufactured crown.
The manufactured crown is the part that looks like a natural tooth. It is installed on the abutment and looks like your natural teeth.
Once healed, dental implants are every bit as strong as natural teeth.
Once your dentist has determined you are a good candidate for receiving dental implants, they will decide the best way to place them.
Our office offers a few different options for dental implant surgery. Our experienced doctors perform guided surgery which is non-invasive and a great option for many candidates.
We take pride in ensuring you understand your options and our dedicated team is happy to answer any questions or address any concerns at the time of your consultation and with every step along the way.
Calgary dentists will treat your implants as real teeth when it comes to preventative care. You must still brush and floss normally and go to the dentist for regular cleanings and exams.