Dental Implants: Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering if dental implants are right for you? In Calgary, an increasing number of our patients with one or more missing teeth are opting to get implants, and for good reason. Dental implants are long lasting and allow you to maintain a beautiful smile, making them the next best thing to your own natural teeth. Here are some of the questions we commonly get asked about dental implants and their corresponding answers. 

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that are anchored to your jawbone. They’re made of titanium and are strong enough to give you the complete biting force of a natural set of teeth. A dental crown is ultimately attached on top of the dental implant (or a bridge in the case of multiple missing teeth), thereby replacing the missing unit(s) and allowing you to maintain a smile that looks and feels like your own pearly whites.

Is the treatment necessary?
While getting dental implants isn’t necessary, it’s considered the best option for many patients with missing teeth. The alternative is to live with the gap in your smile or, in a case where multiple teeth are involved, using a partial or full denture is also an option. However, in these alternative scenarios, the jawbone will fail to be stimulated and therefore resorption is inevitable, leading to a shrunken jaw and an altered face shape.

Are there any prerequisites for getting dental implants?
If your oral health is in good standing, you’re likely a good candidate for getting dental implants. Those who have advanced periodontal disease, cancer or other serious complications may not be suited for the procedure. Consult with a dentist to determine if you’re a good candidate.

How long is the treatment time?
The actual procedure for placing a dental implant is relatively quick and typically takes less than an hour. However, the implant needs time (usually several months) to heal and adhere to the bone before it can be attached to the crown.

Is the dental implant placement procedure painful?
Having dental implants placed is no more painful than getting a dental filling. The area will be desensitized with a local anaesthetic and afterwards, over-the-counter painkillers are typically sufficient to mitigate any discomfort.

How long do dental implants last?
With care (including daily brushing and flossing, as well as biannual dental checkups and cleanings), dental implants can and typically do last a lifetime. While the crown portion of the prosthetic may eventually wear down and need to be replaced by your dentist, the implant itself generally remains in place forever.

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Looking for a dentist well-versed in cosmetic dentistry procedures like placing dental implants? In Calgary, Go Dental is comprised of a dental team ready to help you achieve the beautiful and healthy smile you desire. to book a consultation or find out more about our friendly and efficient practice, contact us today.

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