Dental implants can be an ideal way for your Edmonton dentist to provide your mouth with the support and structure it needs after you’ve lost one or several teeth. Not only do implants provide you with the strongest structural support available, allowing you to eat foods that you would be unable to eat with conventional dentures, they also provide you with a relatively maintenance-free solution to tooth replacement.
Types of Dental Implants
There are three main types of implants:
Root form implants are made from a high-purity titanium alloy. Titanium is biologically accepted by our bodies, so it will not be recognized as a foreign object and will not elicit an immune response.
Plate form implants are ideal in situations where the jawbone is not wide enough to properly support a root implant.
Subperiosteal implants are a good choice when the jawbone has receded to the point where it no longer supports a permanent implant; these implants are placed on top of the bone and imbedded in the gums, not in the jawbone as with the other types of implants.
Preparing for Dental Implants
Before any work is done, you will undergo an assessment to determine if you are a good candidate for implants—not everyone is. For some people, it is necessary to first build up the bone in the area to increase the chance of success; if required, this is a common procedure. If bone grafting is required, we may decide to complete the procedure first and give your mouth time to heal before placing the implants.
Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure to insert dental implants typically involves three steps:
During surgery, we make an incision in the gum, prepare the bone and then insert the implant into the jawbone. Depending on the individual, it can take from 3 to 8 months for the jawbone to heal and firmly attach itself to the implant. When this process is complete, you will return to our office to have the implant fitted with the new tooth.
Dental implants are a routine surgical procedure, and while complications are rare, they can happen. There is the risk of infection, nerve damage and discomfort. If an infection occurs, they are treated with medication and/or antibiotics.