Dental Implants

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Dental Implant Basics

Dental implants are artificial roots to support replacement teeth, as an alternative to conventional bridges, partials or dentures. Dental implants look, feel and function similar to natural teeth. We have seen the improvement in function and aesthetics with tooth replacement by dental implants to be well received by many patients.

Dental implants are artificial replacement teeth roots made of titanium. An implant is embedded into the jawbone, where it forms a very solid anchor for a replacement tooth. NUVO Dental places dental implants for tooth replacement or where no natural tooth has previously grown, with the goal of improving aesthetics and functionality.

Most people can have dental implants. If you are in good overall health, have healthy gums, and have enough bone in your jaw to support an implant, you are probably a good candidate for dental implants. If you do not have sufficient bone in place, we can use bone grafts to add more.

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Here is how dental implants are placed:

1. The dentist assesses the patient with tools such as our low-radiation CT unit and a Surgical Operating Microscope (SOM). This assessment enables our treatment team to provide informed, literature-based treatment plans with an understanding of the bone and nerve structure of your jaw.

2. We discuss treatment options, which may include dental implants, bone grafts, or other treatments.

3. If a dental implant is elected for as part of your treatment plan, the dentist will insert a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gums. As the bone and tissue heals, your implant will bond to the bone in a process called oseointegration, essentially becoming a part of your jaw.

4. The dentist attaches an abutment to the implant. This is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the dental implant.

Dental Implants can also be used to secure a bridge or to anchor dentures, and as part of more complex restorative procedures.

Call NUVO Dental to schedule your initial consultation and find out if dental implants are right for you.

NUVO Dental is conveniently located in St. Albert. Serving patients from throughout northern Alberta and Greater Edmonton, Dental implants are among the dentistry services offered by Dr. Colin Diener and Dr. Brett Shkopich, general dentists.

Frequently asked questions

If you are in generally good health and have sufficient bone in your jaw, you can probably have dental implants. Anyone well enough to undergo an extraction or bridgework is normally in good enough health to receive an implant. If you do not have enough bone, this may be remedied through bone grafting. Anyone missing one or more teeth due to an accident, tooth decay, disease or congenital factors may be a candidate.

Like your natural teeth, with proper care, dental implants can last for decades. Also like teeth, a number of factors come into play, including your overall health, oral hygiene, condition of your gums, nutrition, genetics and disease. Proper maintenance and routine follow-up care including regular dental hygiene treatments will help your dental implants last a very long time.

As with natural teeth, the very best care for dental implants is regular brushing and flossing. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly and take care of your gums, because as with natural teeth, that is the very best way to ensure the health of your dental implants.

At NUVO Dental, patient comfort is of the highest importance. Our two general anesthetic suites, staffed by medical anesthesiologists, ensure a comfortable dental experience. Dual-drug conscious IV sedation is available at the Nuvo Clinic for the patient’s comfort. Most patients do not experience pain during the procedure, and Tylenol or Advil are usually sufficient for a few days afterwards.

It usually takes between 30 minutes and a few hours to place dental implants, depending in the number and complexity of your case. Because NUVO Dental uses CAD/CAM technology to design and mill prostheses on-site, abutments can often be placed in the initial session. When we prepare your treatment plan, we will inform you about what to expect in your own unique case.

Technically yes, as there is no speciality associated with the placement of dental implants. As with any procedure, efficiency and results tend to improve with experience. NUVO Dental places dental implants for many dentists on a referral basis, and the placement of dental implants, including complex restorative cases, is the service we provide. It is always appropriate and reasonable to ask your dentist about experience relevant to any procedure.

All dental services are provided by general dentists.