Dr. Nagra and Dr. Wasik are general dentists, not cosmetic dentist specialists. Cosmetic dentistry is not a term/specialty recognized by the Alberta Dental Association & College (ADA&C). Dr. Nagra and Dr. Wasik provide cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implant crowns, dental bonding, and teeth whitening as part of their general dentist license.
As general dentists, Dr. Nagra and Dr. Wasik do not place dental implants, but rather restore them with crowns or implant bridges. For placement of dental implants, Ambiance Dental refers patients to surgical / periodontal specialists that we closely cooperates with.
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What are Dental Implants?
If you’ve had a tooth extracted or have several missing teeth, you may be able to restore your smile permanently with dental implants! They can help you speak and smile with confidence again.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Other treatments for missing teeth only work above your gum line, like dentures or dental bridges. Dental implants, however, are small titanium cylinders that are actually inserted into the jaw bone to replace the roots of missing teeth. We then permanently attach a new dental crown on top of your implant.
The new tooth looks, feels, and works very similarly to the rest of your natural teeth. Dental implants are more natural looking and better for chewing than removable alternatives. And replacing a tooth with a dental implant doesn’t require any preparation of your adjacent healthy teeth, as is required for anchoring a dental bridge.
How do dental implants work?
Before treatment, it is important that Dr. Nagra or Dr. Wasik go through a full examination with you and discuss your options and the treatment in detail.
A dental implant is made from titanium, a biocompatible material that essentially fuses with your jaw bone after the implant is placed. This process (osseointegration) takes several months to complete, but a temporary tooth replacement can be placed during the healing period.
The unique characteristics of the fusing process give dental implants their long term stability. Once it is complete, a permanent dental crown is placed and the treatment is finished.
Dental Implants FAQ
What can happen if I have missing teeth?
Aside from the obvious cosmetic problem, missing teeth will cause your jawbone to shrink and cause the other teeth in your mouth to drift or move. This can change the biting forces and overload adjacent teeth and will not only result in a poor bite, but may lead to jaw problems. Without having dental implants or other treatment to restore your missing teeth, it will be more difficult to chew properly, and your face may lose its full, youthful appearance.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
To be a good candidate for dental implants there must be enough jaw bone remaining after your tooth has been extracted. This is required to support the implant, and grafting may be necessary otherwise. Your mouth and jaw must also be full-grown, meaning dental implants are often not a viable option for adolescents. For best results, a dental implant should be placed as soon after tooth extraction as possible. Smoking, tobacco use and unhealthy gums may also make this treatment less predictable.
Will I need general anesthetics to get dental implants?
No. Although the implants are surgically placed in your jaw bone, local freezing is all that is typically required or recommended. Even so, dental sedation is available for clients who may feel anxious or fearful about the treatment.
Are dental implants covered by my insurance?
The extent of insurance coverage for dental implants will depend on your individual health plan, though treatment is often subject to annual maximum benefit limits. You may wish to consult with your insurance provider for more information.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth, including regular and proper brushing and flossing, and regular preventive hygiene visits.
After your dental implant has been placed, we can provide information on proper care during the healing period (osseointegration), as well as provide recommendations on encouraging their long-term success.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are typically a long lasting restoration. With proper oral hygiene, regular preventive hygiene visits, use of a splint or night guard (if required), and good general health including not smoking, a dental implant is expected to last your entire lifetime. There is no guarantee of this, however. Over time, the crown placed on the implant may need to be replaced or re-cemented, depending on your bite and other usage factors. All in all, a dental implant is a durable option compared to a fixed dental bridge that may only last 10-15 years in good shape.
Where can I find more information on dental implants?
For more information on dental implant products, or general information on dental implants, please visit the following manufacturers' websites: