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DENTAL IMPLANTS

If one or more of your teeth are missing there is some good news – there are a number of ways to replace them so you have options. An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. Dental Implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime.

Slave Lake Dental offers custom Dental Implant treatment plans right here in Slave Lake, Alberta. We would be happy to answer any of your questions about Dental Implants in a complimentary consultation. 

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What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial root for your tooth that’s made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jaw bone to fill the role of your missing root. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant becomes the anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place. The image below shows a comparison between a natural tooth and a dental implant. 

Do I Need a Dental Implant? Why Can't I Just Leave a Gap in My Teeth?

People are tempted to leave the gap in their teeth, especially when it's at the back of their mouth and they can't really see it. Unfortunately, there are some long term complications with doing that.

 

Loosing one or more of your teeth does not only create a gap in your smile. Loosing a permanent tooth affects the way you chew properly which can affect your jaw, diet and nutrition.

When you lose a tooth, the bone in your jaw that supported them starts to shrink. The sockets recede, and over time the bone gets smaller and smaller. For many people, this results in a sunken-faced look by changing the shape of your face. It often causes you to look prematurely aged. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it begins to shrink (or atrophy) and becomes brittle from lack of exercise.

Not only does the bone shrink, but as that process continues, it can result in the shifting of your teeth, leading to a domino effect of tooth loss. While dental restorations like bridges can slow the shifting of teeth, they don't prevent bone loss and eventually can also result in tooth loss.

Dental implants will stop bone loss by replacing the lost roots of your teeth. This means that the bone won't shrink, and you'll be saving the rest of your teeth as well.

Is a Dental Implant Right for Me?

We offer a wide variety of implant services, each designed to address a specific need.

  • Standard implants are simply a replacement for one tooth.

  • Implant-supported bridges are for patients missing more than one tooth.

  • All-on-4 and All-on-6 solutions are permanent, full-mouth restorations.

  • Implant-supported and implant-retained dentures are a way to get greater support from the dentures you already have.

Most people with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. The most important factor is to know if you have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft done to build up the bone.

 

To know for sure if an implant is right for you, it’s best to come in for an initial consultation. You can call us at (780) 849-2233 or email us at info@SlaveLakeDental.ca to book your free consultation now. 

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Are Dental Implants Painful to Get?

Most patients report that they feel very little, if any, pain after the procedure. In fact, many patients do not use any pain pills and are able to go back to work the very next day. Plus, implants will help you AVOID pain and discomfort in the long term. Listen to our real patients talk about their Dental Implants below:

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