Our Approach to Dental Implants
You are in competent hands for all your dental implant needs in Calgary with Dr. Kent Stringham. We use 3D x-rays to allow placement of implants with greater precision. These scans allow us to visualize nerve position, volume and density of bone as well as placement of the final restoration in relation to the placement of the implant. Planning your implant placement in software allows a greater margin of safety.
If you are missing one or all of your teeth, you’ll want to talk with Dr. Stringham about replacements that are as natural as possible. If dentures don’t work for you, you may consider dental implants. Unlike dentures, which can be removed, dental implants are permanently anchored into the jaw itself. Implants can also be used to more securely attach a removable full or partial denture.
They feel more like your natural teeth because implants are substitutes for roots of missing teeth that are permanently anchored to your jaw. They can replace ill-fitting dentures, partials, bridges or missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for a root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone.
When getting dental implants, you should select a dentist or dental team with knowledge and prior experience with different aspects of the treatment. Though Dr. Stringham , a general dentist, is not a specialist, at Riverbend Dental Health we are able to place these implants with care.
You are a good candidate for dental implants if you have jawbone ridges that are in good shape and healthy oral tissues and no gum disease.
It is also important to know that implant treatment consists of two components: a surgical phase and a restorative phase. Traditionally, a dental surgeon, like an oral surgeon, performs the surgical component. A general dentist (or prosthodontist) and laboratory technician perform the restorative component. With dental implants from your Calgary dentist in the SE and SW, you can get back your bite and your smile.
We begin with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical and dental history, and a full clinical examination of the entire mouth and missing tooth area. The clinical exam should also include specific X-rays. After assessing the patient, a comprehensive treatment plan can be devised. From that point, implants are surgically placed in the jawbone.
As the body heals, for approximately four to six months after the surgery, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures. The length of the healing time is based on the quality and quantity of bone, as well as the type of implant placed. After adequate healing is allowed to occur, the dental implant can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture all of which makes you, our Calgary patient, smile again.