Dental implants are growing increasingly popular and have a wide range of uses within the dental industry. Dental implants can improve your oral health, confidence, and smile and are one of the most popular treatments we offer at our dental clinic in Grande Prairie. Before we dive in, we would like to note we plan the dental implants in conjunction with a licensed oral and maxillofacial surgeon to give our patients the highest quality treatment option possible.
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you likely have a lot of questions. Our dentist in Grande Prairie is sharing everything you need to know about dental implants in this comprehensive guide, so you can decide if they are right for you.
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What are dental implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that replace the root of a missing tooth. Dental implants consist of screw-like metal posts and an artificial tooth (known as a crown.) Most dental implants look very realistic, and you often can’t tell the difference between your dental implants and your natural teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing a single missing tooth. They can also be used when dentures aren’t a good fit. Our dentist in Grande Prairie has a wealth of experience in this area.
Most dental implant procedures take about one hour per implant. There are often three procedures for a dental implant, spread out over time. The first is the implant, the second is placing the abutment, and the third is inserting the crown. There are pre-implant consultation appointments that you will also need to attend.
When do I need dental implants?
Dental implants are needed if you are missing a tooth. This is one of the reconstructive dental procedures that will help keep your smile. You may also need a dental implant if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Loose-fitting dentures
- Teeth aren’t functioning well
- Diseased, degraded teeth
- Broken, chipped teeth
Am I eligible for dental implants?
You are eligible for dental implants provided you have a healthy jawbone, healthy mouth and overall are in good health. If you aren’t eligible for dental implants, we offer other reconstructive services that may be better suited for you. Our friendly Grande Prairie dentist will be able to provide you with tailored advice along with the actual implants being completed by a licensed oral maxillofacial surgeon.
Are dental implants permanent?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. If you follow proper care, you will ensure they stay as new as possible, for as long as possible.
Dental implants can break or tarnish if they aren’t well cared for. It’s important to follow aftercare advice and maintain regular dental appointments to ensure the health of your dental implants.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are completely safe. They are actually one of the safest, most comprehensive tooth restoration services available. We can discuss any concerns that you may have during your pre-implant consultation.
What are dental implants made of?
The metal rod that replaces the root of your tooth in your dental implant is made from titanium alloy. It won’t rust or decay and will fuse with the bone over time. This process of fusing with the bone is called osseointegration, and only certain materials can do it.
Your abutment that is installed during the second procedure is made from titanium or titanium alloy. Depending on your preference, some abutments may use cast gold, surgical grade stainless steel, or zirconium.
The crown is often made from porcelain color-matched to your other teeth. This allows it to look as natural as possible. Your crowns will need to be replaced every 10-15 years and can be stained by certain foods. Follow adequate aftercare and maintain your oral hygiene to keep your crowns looking brand new.
When are dental implants medically necessary?
There are instances where dental implants are considered medically necessary, like when you need to preserve a diseased tooth, and proper oral hygiene hasn’t worked.
However, your insurance will often consider dental implants a cosmetic procedure. We can discuss other reconstructive options with you during your pre-implant consultation.
Are dental implants FSA eligible?
Yes! Dental implants are considered to be an eligible expense for your FSA. The cost of the oral surgery and placement of your implant will be covered.
Will my insurance cover the cost of my dental implants in Grand Prairie, Alberta?
It depends on your insurer and insurance plans. Some insurance plans will cover the cost of dental implants, whereas others will not. A few insurers still consider dental implants as elective procedures, which means they may not be covered by your health insurance.
Note that insurance plans may cover partial costs or the costs of consultations and not the procedure. It’s important to talk to your insurer about your options.
We offer other flexible payment options that may suit you. These will be discussed during your appointment.
How much do dental implants cost in 2022?
The average cost of a dental implant in Canada ranges from $3,000 to $4,500. It can be higher if a more specialized procedure is needed. For more tailored information, you can view the 2022 Alberta Dental Fees guide here.
We do offer flexible payment methods that will be discussed during your consultation to suit your needs.
Aftercare for dental implants:
Aftercare is vitally important for ensuring your dental implants last for years to come. Dr. Andre Gaultier will talk you through the aftercare process to ensure you maintain your new dental implants well. Correct maintenance of your dental implants after surgery is necessary for ensuring your implants heal well.
It’s important that you don’t eat anything until the anesthesia wears off. You may experience some discomfort when the anesthesia wears off, and you can take some pain medications (that aren’t aspirin) to take the edge off.
Minor swelling is not unusual, and you may also experience chapped lips. A reusable ice pack or frozen vegetable bag wrapped in a flannel can be used to reduce pain and inflammation. Make sure to alternate with 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
Your teeth may be sensitive after the procedure, so try to keep the area as free of plaque as possible. You may experience minor bleeding during the first 48 hours after the procedure. If you experience bleeding after this, get in contact with us.
Avoid heavy exercise for the first few days after your procedure. You should also avoid alcohol and maintain a soft food diet of pasta, soup etc., until after your post-operative follow-up.
Following this aftercare advice will help keep your dental implants healing well, free from infection and looking great!
Dental implants by your local dentist in Grande Prairie, Alberta:
Dr Andre Gaultier has a wealth of experience in ensuring your dental implant procedure goes smoothly along with a trusted Maxillofacial surgeon. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Alberta and has a strong commitment to patient-centered care.
Our practice offers dental implants in Grande Prairie, and we are readily committed to providing you dental care that proves to be among the best. Your experience with our practice will be stress-free, and we offer a professional dental service that will meet all of your needs.
From the initial consultation to the aftercare for your implant, we have everything you need to have a successful dental implant procedure in Grande Prairie today. Dr. Gaultier will walk you through every step of the implant process and make sure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire procedure.