Dental Implants – Replacing A Broken Or Missing Tooth

If one or more of your teeth are missing there’s 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.

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 jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant becomes the anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

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Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?

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.

Loosing a tooth also causes bone loss and changes the shape of your face which can cause 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.

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Who can get a dental implant?

If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be a solution for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. If you come in for a consult, we will tell you if bone grafting is an option for you.

How is a dental implant done?

IMG_07022014_123054We can carefully examine your mouth and take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants are right for you.

During the first stage of surgery, we will put a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum
tissue. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place to heal and the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. It can take several months to heal.A dental implant is inserted into the jawbone.

IMG_07022014_123437 During the second stage of surgery (once the tissue is healed), we then attach post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant.In some cases, the first and second stage of implant surgery may be done in one single stage. A post is attached to the implant and connects the artificial tooth to the implant.

IMG_07022014_123838An artificial replacement tooth is made and it may take several appointments to properly fit the replacement tooth to the abutment. An artificial tooth is attached to the post. Properly fitting the artificial tooth may take several appointments.
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Alexandre T. -Alexandre T. -
"Honestly the only dental clinic that I actually love to visit! It is super clean, the clinic itself is gorgeous, the staff is incredibly friendly and the dental service is thorough and fast. I recommend this place to everyone I know and wish I could go there everyday!!! 🙂  Thanks Slave Lake Dental!"
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Janet P. -Janet P. -
“I have been a patient at this dental clinic for over 30 years always been treated well by all the previous dentists but Terri and her staff have go over and above. Amy is very considerate when I have my cleaning and check up knowing I have sensitive teeth. Natalie has done excellent dental work when it was needed. I am most appreciative of Terri for her exception kindness to my granddaughters, thank you for all you do.”
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Kimmy E. -Kimmy E. -
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