No matter how dedicated you are to oral health, life happens, and for any number of reasons, you may find yourself with a failing or missing tooth. Gaps between your teeth are not only unsightly but also detrimental to the overall health of your mouth. Luckily, Higson Dental Group’s cosmetic dentists have excellent options for dental implants near you in Grande Prairie, Alberta.Contact Us »
As a permanent, non-removable replacement for lost teeth, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural tooth. They help support the jaw and prevent bone loss that can happen around your missing tooth. Since dental implants are surgically inserted into your mouth and heal into the jaw, they become a part of your mouth and can last for many years. Sometimes receiving a dental implant is an important step before fitting for new dentures.
There are three parts to implant dentistry.
The process from start to finish is around six to twelve months, depending on the location of placement and your overall health. You will be able to eat, speak, and smile confidently once the implant is completed. If you follow a regular oral health routine, your implant can last for a lifetime.Contact Us »
Although it sounds like it would be very painful, having a dental implant placed is much less uncomfortable than you would think. Because of the nature of implant placement, using slow-speed drilling and copious irrigation to reduce head, postoperative pain is typically reported to be less than a tooth extraction.
The longevity of a dental implant is largely determined by its owner. After the initial integration (healing) phase is successfully completed, an individual can expect many years (decades) service from an implant and its associated restoration. However, peri-implantitis (gum disease around implants) and other factors such as poor home care can greatly affect their long-term prognosis.
In Alberta, Canada, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1500 to $3000 for a single dental implant. These ranges depend on factors like:
For a look at standard pricing on common dental practices, visit the Alberta Dental Guide for Dental Fees.
Dental implants are an excellent, long-term option for those facing tooth loss. However, they may not be the right choice for everyone. There may be medical reasons why some patients cannot have dental implants or it may be patient preference. It’s important to understand your options. Dental bridges, partial dentures, implant dentures and full dentures are some alternatives to dental implants.
Dental bridges are used when more than one tooth has been lost. The bridge can be either permanent or removable, and attaches artificial teeth to the existing adjacent teeth, which are also called abutment teeth. Fixed bridges are permanently attached to the abutment teeth either with crowns or through bonding, while removable bridges use metal clasps or precision attachments to fasten to the existing teeth, and can be taken out of your mouth at any time.
Similar to dental bridges, a partial denture replaces several missing teeth. A person may need partial dentures for their front teeth, partial dentures for their back teeth, or some other combination. Partial dentures are best for people who still have some of their own teeth. They use a cast framework and molded teeth that attach to natural teeth for support. Dental implants are sometimes used to anchor partial dentures. A denture secured with dental implants helps considerably in preventing bone loss.
Implant dentures permanently attached to the jaw using several dental implants, implant secured dentures provide the highest rate of patient satisfaction and a stable solution.
Full dentures are used to replace all of a person’s upper or lower arch of teeth. Complete dentures replace a full row of top or bottom teeth. Upper dentures include gum-coloured acrylic and cover the roof of the mouth and bottom dentures curve in the shape of a horseshoe, to give space for the tongue so you can properly eat and talk.
With any kind of tooth loss, daily functions such as eating and speaking can be challenging. You can also feel self-conscious about the look of your smile when there are unnatural gaps. Replacing missing teeth with either dental implants or any of the dental implant alternatives, will help with day-to-day functionality, overall health and self-confidence. At your nearby Higson Dental, we will thoroughly assess your oral health during a comprehensive exam, discuss your personal concerns and help you choose the type of implant dentistry that is right for you.
Find out if dental implants are the right choice for you. Our Grande Prairie, AB dental team will happily answer any questions you may have.
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