Dental implants are durable, long-lasting restorations that secure prosthetics that replace missing teeth, including dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. A single dental implant consists of a cylindrical titanium metal post, an attachment, and a dental crown. One or more implants can renew the bite, prevent shifting teeth, and improve common missing teeth problems like facial sagging. Dr. Shruti Chahal provides dental implants in Calgary, AB, to help patients restore their smiles’ appearance and full function.
What to Know About Dental Implants in Calgary, AB
Implant dentistry is an important part of restorative care that benefits patients missing their permanent teeth. Dental implants:
Are Easy to Clean
Because implants secure restorations, patients don’t need to remove their restorations for cleaning. Traditional removable dentures need to be removed and soaked before placing them back on the gums. Implant-secured crowns, bridges, and dentures are cleaned similarly to natural teeth. Patients can brush and floss between their false teeth because dental implants secure restorations at the root.
Restore Bone Growth
Missing teeth often lead to bone resorption, which occurs when the body absorbs the bone. Bone loss can lead to problems like facial sagging because jaw bone loss can change face shape. When you lose jaw structure, you can experience a sunken appearance in the lower portion of your face.
During the implant process, an oral surgeon places the titanium implant post in the jaw bone. Over a period called osseointegration, the implant post fuses with the bone to become a part of the smile. The implant post and jaw bone support each other.
Don’t Get Cavities
Dental implants themselves cannot be infected or get dental cavities. However, surrounding natural teeth and gum tissue can still be affected by harmful bacteria, so it’s important that patients continue to care for their smile and visit the dentist on a regular basis.
Last for Many Years
Implants are made of titanium metal, which is a highly durable type of metal. After the implant post fuses with the jaw bone, it will stay there for many years. To prevent implant failure, we recommend that patients refrain from smoking or using tobacco products during the implant process.
Brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly can also help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Harmful bacteria that affect the gum tissue or remaining teeth can loosen implants and prevent the implants from fully fusing with the jaw bone.
Do you want to know more about dental implants? Are you interested in restorative dental care to replace missing teeth? Call Foothills Dentistry for treatment today at (587) 410-0821. Feel free to schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Shruti Chahal on our website.