Looking to replace a damaged tooth or seeking to fill in missing spaces in your mouth? At South 40 Dental, Grande Prairie, we can replace missing or damaged teeth with dental implants.
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth.
Dental implants replace the ‘root’ of your natural tooth with a titanium rod that is surgically placed into your jaw bone. The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months.
The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed, a healing collar is placed.
A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure.
After a period of a few months, the dental implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.
With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.
The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 – 4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.
The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist.
The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain. You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the porcelain crown to place over the Implant.
Fees from dental implants vary from dentist to dentist. Schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.
With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a dental implant can last approximately 30 years if taken care of properly.
If you are located in the Grande Prairie area, book an appointment with us today. We look forward to meeting you!