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Dental Implants: Tooth replacement options in Edmonton

July 17, 2017
Posted By: Orchards Dental Clinic
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Dental implants are offered at Orchards Dental as an option for permanently replacing missing teeth. Modern dental implants can most closely replicate the look, comfort, feel and function of natural teeth.  

What are dental implants made of?  


Compare a dental implant to a natural tooth. The root is the portion that supports the natural tooth in the bone. The dental implant is a root replacement made of titanium that is placed in the jaw bone. The natural tooth also has a portion called the crown that sits above the gum line that we see. This is the part that is used to chew, speak and smile. In dental implants, the implant crown (or bridge or denture if replacing multiple teeth) is a tooth replacement made of porcelain, metal or zirconia. If you have more questions about your choices in dental implants, we'd be happy to help you find the best option for you!


What are alternatives to dental implants?


Dental implants are becoming an affordable and popular option for replacing teeth. While dental implants are generally the best option for most individuals, the alternatives should also be considered. Dental bridges and dentures can also replace single or multiple missing teeth. These options may have a lower upfront cost compared to dental implants but are not as permanent. Bridges or dentures may also be the better option depending on several medical and dental factors. At Orchards Dental, we can provide you with an individualized comprehensive treatment plan comparing all options for tooth replacement. Book an appointment today at Orchards Dental to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.


How do I care for my dental implant?


Although dental implants cannot get cavities, it is still very important to brush and floss around the implant. Water flossing (a.k.a. Waterpik) can also be used to keep implants clean. Removing plaque and bacteria around the implant on a daily basis is key in preventing infection around the implant to ensure that it lasts a lifetime. If you are clenching or grinding at night, it may be recommended that you wear a nightguard in order to prevent excessive forces and tooth wear on your teeth. With proper care and regular professional cleanings, your dental implant should last the rest of your life.


Still have more questions? Come visit Orchards Dental today to ask about dental implants!