It can be difficult living with missing teeth and all the challenges they present. Many patients today who are looking for a reliable tooth replacement find themselves asking, “Are dental implants right for me?”
You may have only recently become aware of dental implants, but they are not a recent innovation. The first implant was placed in a human volunteer in 1965, and today they are considered a leading-edge solution to replace missing teeth.
Here are some of the most common questions that patients in South Calgary ask about dental implants to help you decide if they’re a good fit for you.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is unlike any other tooth replacement. It stands alone, meaning it is fully contained and does not require the support of adjacent teeth. Instead, a tiny titanium implant post is placed surgically into your jawbone and left to heal for several months.
As it does, the tiny screw-like threads on the implant allow the post to fuse with surrounding bone and tissue. The result is a replacement tooth root that functions just as the natural root did and is stable enough to support a tooth restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Because of the way a dental implant works, it outperforms every other type of tooth replacement available today:
- Looks, feels, and functions most similarly to a natural tooth
- Helps prevent bone loss and maintain a youthful facial appearance
- Replaces a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or a full arch of missing teeth
- Uses a natural-looking dental crown, bridge, or dentures to complete your smile beautifully
- Can last a lifetime with excellent oral hygiene and routine dental exams and teeth cleanings
Of course, the most obvious improvement is that dental implants fill the noticeable gaps in your smile. Your confidence will return, and your only regret will be that you didn’t do it sooner.
Call Us with Your Dental Implant Questions
At Legacy Dental Care, we enjoy helping our patients discover their best smiles. Our dental implant dentists would love to meet with you to evaluate your needs and see if you are a good candidate. If you reside in South Calgary or the surrounding communities of Legacy, Silverado, Chaparral, Walden, please call us to schedule an appointment to learn more.