At Interlake Dental Centre our Selkirk dentists may place a dental implant as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and leave you with a natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that function like a natural tooth root. They can be used to replace a single lost tooth or numerous missing teeth.
After the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone, it then bonds with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacement.
Dental implants can help to prevent surrounding teeth from moving, resolve jaw joint pain or bite issues, and restore facial tissues and appearance.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
When a tooth is missing, the teeth around the gap may begin to move out of place, which can lead to misalignment issues. The jaw bone around the area may also start to break down, causing facial collapse or negatively impacting your ability to speak and chew.
The Dental Implant Procedure
To complete a dental implant procedure, your dentist will require a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
The implant will be surgically placed into your jaw bone underneath the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and connect to the gum.
Once healing has occurred, typically 3 to 6 months post-surgery, you will return to our office to have the procedure completed.
During this final appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Learn more by reading the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Interlake Dental Centre.
- How long does a dental implant last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime, if cared for properly. This includes properly brushing and flossing at home, in addition to attending routine hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
A dental implant's longevity may also depend on other factors such as development of any dental diseases, nutrition and genetics.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Seeing your dentist for routine hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing regimen at home can help prevent diseases or decay from growing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively impact your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Your dentist will provide anesthesia during the dental implant surgery to ensure your comfort and so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
After the procedure, most patients do not feel much discomfort, and can manage any pain with over-the-counter pain medication for a few days following.
For the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure, you will also need to eat a soft diet to avoid any irritation or pain.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure typically takes between two and nine months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Based on your specific case, your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
The cost of dental implants will be covered by some insurance providers, while other providers will only pay part of the cost. Others will not pay any percentage of the cost of your procedure.
Check with your insurance provider to determine which percentage, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance plan.
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LocationInterlake Dental Centre
- Monday: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- Tuesday: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
- Wednesday: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- Thursday: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
- Friday: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
- Saturday: Closed
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