Dental Implants in Calgary
Dr. Meyer is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)
With extensive training in oral implantology, Dr. Meyer is proud to have reached the highly esteemed level of Diplomate through the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. His passion and expertise placing dental implants is available to anyone in Calgary without a referral.
We are proud to offer Calgary residents a range of treatment options for missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause many health problems including atrophy (shrinking) of the jaw bone and issues with speaking or chewing.
While a dental bridge could fix the aesthetic problem, it isn’t a replacement for a tooth. Dental implants offer a permanent and long-lasting solution to missing teeth.
With a dental implant, you could stop wearing your ill-fitting denture and start enjoying life again. No more speech problems or difficulty chewing. A dental implant is designed to look and feel like a real tooth, so you could enjoy improved oral health.
What is a dental implant?
If you are missing a tooth or missing multiple teeth, dental implants offer a permanent solution.
Unlike a bridge or denture, a dental implant is fixed directly to your jaw bone so your new tooth will look and feel just like a real tooth.
The dental implant refers to a small titanium root that is placed in your jawbone. The bone then heals around this and an abutment is placed on top. This sits above the gum line and performs the important job of bonding the artificial tooth to the titanium root.
Dental implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth. For example, all-on-4 implants use four dental implants to hold a permanent or removable denture in place.
Can I get dental implants in Calgary?
Dental 360 is proud to offer dental implants to residents of Calgary and the surrounding areas. If you’re looking for expert dental care from a friendly dental team, you’ve come to the right place.
If you are interested in learning more about the dental implant procedure with Dental 360, read the information below and then book a consultation with us to get a personalized assessment of whether a dental implant is right for you!
How does the dental implant procedure work?
Getting dental implants is a multi-step process. This is a typical patient journey, but yours could be different.
Step 1: The consultation
During the initial consultation, Dr. Meyer will explain the steps involved in placing a dental implant. A CBCT scan will provide a 3D image of your jawbone which will help Dr. Meyer to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
He will be looking at the quantity and quality of the bone to determine if a bone graft is required. At this stage, Dr. Meyer will also have a better idea of the size of the implant he can place.
Step 2: Preparing your teeth and jaw
If you decide to go ahead with treatment, you may require a bone graft to ensure there is enough bone density to support the dental implant or implants.
Step 3: Placing the implant (stage one surgery)
The site of your missing tooth will be numbed and Dr. Meyer will make a small incision in your jaw. A drill is then used to create a hole in your jaw bone to place the implant. A temporary denture may be placed over the implant site or it may be left exposed.
Your jaw bone will now fuse to the implant, creating a strong foundation for your new tooth. It usually takes around 3 months for the implant to fuse with the bone, but every patient journey is different.
Step 4: Attaching the healing abutment (stage two surgery)
After a period of healing, you will return to our office. Another small incision will expose the tip of the implant. Dr. Meyer will check the integration of the implant to make sure it is stable. If it has healed, he will then place a healing abutment.
Unlike with the dental implant, the healing abutment is exposed above the gumline. This step helps to contour the gum tissue to make the final step appear more natural and like a real tooth. After the healing abutment is placed, the gum will be left to heal for 3-6 weeks.
Step 5: Final restoration
It’s time to fix your crown! This is often the final stage in the dental implant process. A porcelain crown is fixed to the abutment and you will now have a tooth that looks and feels like a real tooth.
Step 6: Follow up checks
Once your dental implant journey is complete, you will need to commit to regular dental check-ups and a regiment of aftercare. This will help to keep your dental implant healthy.
Why choose Dental 360 for your dental implants?
Our experienced staff will guide you through the dental implant process. At every stage in the process, we will ensure you feel in control and empowered to make the right choice for your dental health.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants
You should not experience any pain during the procedure. We use a local anesthetic to completely numb the area. You may feel a small amount of pressure, but you should not be in any pain. After the treatment, you may have some slight discomfort, but this can be managed by over-the-counter pain medication. A dental implant should leave you with no more discomfort than a root canal or a tooth extraction.
The dental implant needs time to fuse to the jawbone. For this reason, it is not possible to fit dental implants in one day. To speed up the process, the implant and abutment may be fitted at the same time, but this will require additional care during the healing process as the abutment will sit above the gum line.
There are a few factors that can make dental implants more likely to fail. If you are a smoker, this can dramatically increase the chances of your dental implant failing. We would recommend giving up smoking and committing to make this a permanent lifestyle change before undergoing dental implant treatment.
If you have diabetes, this can also impact the success of dental implants. If your diabetes is under control, we may consider going ahead with the treatment.
If you have had radiotherapy to your jaw area, this can impact the strength of the bone and make it difficult for dental implants to take hold.
And finally, if you have gum (periodontal) disease this could also cause your dental implants to fail. This will need to be under control before moving ahead with the treatment.
If you are over the age of 18, have healthy teeth and gums other than your missing tooth or teeth, and you are committed to good dental hygiene, you could find success with dental implants. Every case is different, and you must understand the risks before going ahead.
If Dr. Meyer decides that you do not have enough bone density for dental implants, this isn’t the end of the conversation. You could be a candidate for a bone graft, which would increase the density in your jaw and increase the chances of success. Other procedures could increase your bone density and make it possible for you to enjoy dental implants. These include a sinus lift and a ridge expansion. Dr. Meyer will help you to choose the right course of treatment.
It’s unfortunately not possible to provide a set price of a dental implant here, because the price can depend on many factors, particularly the number of implants required and their location in your mouth. We can say that more complex cases such as all-on-four denture implants will be more costly than a single implant, though.
We offer all-inclusive pricing so that you can go ahead with confidence, and our rates reflect the expertise of care you will receive during the intricate process of fitting dental implants, and the high quality of the materials we use for your dental implant and crown.