If you are looking for dental implants in Canmore, contact Canmore Smiles, the practice of Dr. Grant Moldenhauer and Dr. Brian Piercy. Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. These are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or periodontist. The teeth attached to implants are natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile! Also implants are durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear. Contact us for more information.
Reasons for Dental Implants
Implants are used for the following reasons:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
Restore a patient’s confident smile
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
Restore or enhance facial tissues
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?
The process of getting implants requires many visits over several months. X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Occasionally a pre-implant surgical procedure is necessary to increase the amount of bone available. Where feasible, this can be done at the same time as implant placement, but sometimes it is best to wait for healing to occur. Either way, while the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself anywhere from 2-6 months.
After the initial phase of healing is complete, a minor surgical procedure is performed to uncover the implant and a small healing cap is placed. This allows your gum tissue to adapt and heal around your future new implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture. After several weeks of healing, a new impression is taken. This is sent to a lab where your artificial teeth are made. When ready, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to you as the patient. You will receive instructions when your treatment is completed on how to care for your new teeth. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the health and life of your new implant.
Should You Replace Your Amalgam Fillings?
Metal was once the most commonly used dental material used to fill cavities and repair damage. However, amalgam fillings are less popular than they used to be for a variety of reasons. If you currently have fillings that contain amalgam, you may have been told you should have them removed and replaced with newer composites. The reality is, there are several important factors to consider before deciding which material to use.
How Oral Surgery is Used to Benefit Your Long-Term Oral Health
Ideal oral health involves making sure that teeth are not only healthy but that the surrounding structures in and around the mouth function correctly. Maxillofacial Surgery, more commonly known as oral surgery, focuses on treating many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Oral surgery is essential for addressing both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the areas listed above.
Understanding the Causes of Sleep Apnea
For some, snoring is merely an inconvenient late-night distraction. What many don’t realize, however, is that snoring may be an indication of a deeper health issue – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while a person sleeps. This condition can often go undiscovered for some time, but specific symptoms can indicate you may need to undergo a sleep study.