Over 6% of Canadian adults have no teeth at all, and many more are missing one or several teeth. Are you part of this statistic? If so, you can still restore your superstar smile. It’s time to consider getting dental implants. Janz Family Dental has a brief guide all about dental implants so you can determine whether or not they’re right for you. Read on to learn more.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are prosthetic “teeth” that replace your missing or damaged natural teeth. A metal implant replaces the root of the tooth and the visible part of your tooth is replaced by a tooth-shaped crown. The crown screws into the metal implant to create a natural tooth appearance. Implants can replace single teeth or multiple teeth. Some people have entire smile reconstructions and replace all of their teeth with dental implants.

Who Are Dental Implants For?

Dental implants are a great option for anyone who is missing teeth or who has damaged teeth that need to be extracted. Some teeth with significant damage are easier to remove than they are to repair. If you’ve been experiencing pain or bite problems as a result of missing teeth, a dental implant (or getting multiple dental implants) is a great option.

What’s the Process of Getting Dental Implants?

Your dentist at Janz Family Dental will start by examining your teeth and jaw. They’ll discuss a potential treatment plan with you, discuss costs, and give you an idea of what the end result will be like. If you need extractions before placing implants, your dentist may also do that at this appointment. During your next appointment, the dentist will place the implants into your jawbone. It then has to heal before you’re ready to add the “tooth” on top. As the implant heals, it fuses with your jawbone, and your gums begin to cover it. After the healing process (which can take several weeks to several months), your dentist will place the prosthetic tooth (or teeth). They may have you come in for a follow-up visit to make sure that the implant has a proper fit. After this, you treat your implants just like natural teeth. Follow good oral hygiene practices and continue going to routine dental appointments.

Benefits of Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are a long-term solution to tooth problems. While you may be able to save problematic teeth, it’s often better to remove them and replace them with implants to protect the integrity of the rest of your teeth. Implants will also protect your jawbone. It’s possible for your jaw to go through resorption, which means declining mass. In other words, your jawbone starts to wear away. Implants can stop this from happening. For many people, dental implants are more comfortable than dentures. They also last far longer.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Dental implants are the perfect solution for anyone who has missing or damaged teeth. They’re a long-term investment that will return your smile to tip-top condition. Are you ready to talk to your dentist about whether or not dental implants are a good option for you? If you’re looking for dental implants in Edmonton, Janz Family Dental is here for you. Set up an appointment today.

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