Dental Implants in Calgary
A permanent restoration option to replace dentures and bridges.
Dental implants are intended to look and feel just like real teeth. Patients who have replaced a tooth with an implant report more confidence when smiling, eating and speaking.
Dental implant, abutment and crown for $3,500
This all-inclusive pricing means you know exactly what you’re paying for. And the best part is that most insurance policies cover this treatment.
Understanding the importance of replacing missing teeth
When you lose a tooth, the gap in the jaw bone may lead you to lose bone density in the area. This can cause the surrounding teeth to shift and try to fill the gap. Over a long time, this can lead to poorly aligned teeth at risk of periodontal disease. It’s much harder to care for misaligned teeth, and this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
A bridge can replace teeth, but the surrounding teeth will need to be prepared. And a bridge doesn’t distribute the pressure your bite evenly across your jaw. Instead, it relies on the strength of the surrounding teeth. Dental implants are different. The implant is placed in the jaw bone and bonds to your bone. A healing abutment then provides a solid anchor for the dental crown. The result is a tooth that looks and feels just like the real thing.
The dental implant procedure explained…
The dental implant procedure is a multi-step process that will typically take place over a few months. In the case of mini dental implants, same-day procedures may be possible.
Following your consultation, you will be invited to the office for your initial procedure. If bone grafting is required, this will be your first procedure. Once you are ready to go ahead with treatment, the first step is to make an incision in your gum and then drill into the bone. This will create a pocket for the implant.
The implant is placed and the gum is sutured closed. We then wait for the implant to bond to the bone. This can take between 6 weeks and 6 months, depending on the site of the implant and your healing time. For your next visit, the top of the implant is exposed and a healing abutment is attached to the implant. This will stick up above the surface of your gum line.
Once the gum is healed around this abutment, it’s time to place your crown. A custom prosthetic tooth is created to match the size of the space and the alignment with your opposite jaw. Once this is in place, the restoration is complete. The tooth will feel just like a real once since it has a root in your jaw. You will need to pay close attention to your dental hygiene to keep your dental implant healthy.
Wondering if you’re a good candidate for dental implants?
In general, the best candidates for dental implants meet the following criteria:
- Good oral hygiene with no active gum disease
- Sufficient bone density to support the implant
- Non-smoker, or willing to quit
All dental implant journeys start with a consultation to check your history, bone density and to make sure you understand the procedure. Get in touch to book your appointment today.
Say goodbye to dentures with mini implants
Mini implants are thinner than conventional implants and may be used for implant-retained dentures. This is particularly popular for lower jaw dentures which may drift in the mouth and make it difficult to eat, speak and smile confidently. In some cases, poorly fitting dentures can lead to malnutrition as wearers will avoid eating altogether.
With mini implants, 6 small implants can be placed in the jaw and act as an anchor for an entire arch restoration. This type of implant-retained denture will have a smaller base plate which is more comfortable to wear. The denture may be fixed or removable, allowing for greater flexibility. This is an excellent alternative to the discomfort of dentures.
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