Dental implants are a comfortable and long-term solution to bridges, dentures and partials. Today’s dental implants are realistic-looking artificial teeth, anchored securely to the jawbone with an artificial root made of titanium metal. Over time, the titanium implant bonds to the bone, creating a very solid and stable foundation for dental implants or as an anchor for bridges and dentures. At 7th Street Dental Centre, dental implants are placed right in our downtown Edmonton clinic by our general dentists.

Who Can Get Dental Implants?

Many people are good candidates for dental implants. If you are missing teeth and, are generally in good health and have enough bone in your jaw, you are probably suited for dental implants. If the bone in your jaw has degenerated or is underdeveloped, bone grafting may be feasible. As with any treatment, a consultation with a dentist is required to assess your particular situation and the appropriateness of dental implants to you.

How Long do Dental Implants Last?

Everyone is different, but with proper maintenance and oral care (very much the same as caring for natural teeth with a toothbrush and floss), dental implants can last a lifetime. The dentists at 7th Street Dental can help you to understand the proper care and set realistic expectations for your treatment and ongoing care.

Your dentist can answer any questions you may have about dental implants and whether they are an appropriate treatment option for you. Call or email 7th Street Dental to speak to a friendly team member and set up an appointment for your dental implant assessment.

Single Tooth Implant Treatment

Removable Denture Treatment

Multi-Tooth Implant Treatment

Types of Dental Implants

Single Implants

If you are missing a single tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental implant. To begin the implant process, your dentist will anchor a titanium post into the jawbone. This post serves as a tooth root and is fitted with an abutment post that sits above the gumline and holds an artificial tooth (a crown) in place.

Implant Supported Bridge

An implant bridge is an effective solution your dentist may recommend when several neighbouring teeth are missing. This type of implant works well when three teeth are missing. Two implants and their retainer crowns are fitted on either side of the middle gap, creating a bridge and restoring your ability to bite and chew.

Dental Implants with Dentures

Dental implants with dentures can replace multiple missing teeth or replace a full set of teeth. They resemble dentures but are permanently set in place using dental implants. The dental implants are embedded into the jawbone to which abutment posts are attached. The prosthesis is then attached to the abutments, and the implant process is complete.

Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are popular with patients as a permanent solution to tooth loss. They offer several benefits, including restoring normal chewing function to the teeth, restoring the look of the teeth, improving your smile, keeping the jawbone from shrinking, preventing bone loss, and keeping the teeth stable and properly aligned.

Can an Implant Help to Improve Your Speech?

Individuals who wear dentures or have missing teeth may have difficulty speaking; a dental implant restores your ability to speak clearly so you can interact with confidence.

Are Dental Implants a Good Option For You?

If you value the health of your teeth and want to interact confidently with those around you, dental implants are a good option. Your dentist will assess your overall health and the integrity of your jawbone to assess if you are a candidate for a dental implant.

How Long Does a Tooth Implant Take?

Dental implants can take three months or more to fit and install, depending on the condition of your jawbone. In cases where the jawbone is weakened or diminished, your dentist may suggest bone grafting to build up the bone. It takes several months to recover from a bone graft, at which point the implant can be embedded into the jawbone.

After allowing time for healing and the implant to become fused with the bone, your dentist can attach the abutment and crown for a single tooth or a prosthesis for a full set of teeth.

How Long Does it Take to Fit a Dental Implant?

The surgery to anchor a single implant into the jawbone can take up to two hours. The recovery process, once the implant has been fitted, can take about three months before the false tooth or prosthesis can be attached.

How Do I Clean My Dental Implant?

After fitting your dental implant, care for them in the same way you maintain your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle brush and quality toothpaste. We also recommend that you floss every day to remove food particles that might be embedded between the teeth and gums.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants will depend on the type of treatment you need. For example, if you need bone grafting, there will be additional costs, but your dentist will give you a quote when you come in for a consultation.

Are There Any Foods I Should Avoid with a Dental Implant?

We recommend avoiding hard foods like ice and hard candy that can damage and break your crowns. Also, watch for dark-staining foods and beverages such as berries, coffee, teas, and colas that can permanently stain your implants as well as your natural teeth.

Can a Dental Implant Help Improve Your Appearance?

Aside from the immediate benefits of restoring missing teeth, dental implants also support bone preservation and reduce the rate at which the jawbone, gums, and other oral structures deteriorate. This helps your face to maintain its natural shape, making you appear younger and more vibrant.

Your dentist can answer any questions you may have about dental implants

and whether they are an appropriate treatment option for you.

Call or email 7th Street Dental to speak to a friendly team member and set up an appointment for your dental implant assessment.