If you have been missing a tooth for a while, the bone that held the tooth in can shrink away. Sometimes we need to do a grafting procedure to either add bone or tissue to an area, or reduce the amount that the bone and tissue shrinks after a tooth is removed. This graft leaves an adequate amount of bone and tissue to place a dental implant in, or make a bridge fit better and not trap food.
IMPLANTS FOR DENTURE SUPPORT
In some cases, dental implants can be used to help anchor a denture to prevent it from rocking or sliding around when talking or eating.
DIGITALLY-GUIDED DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants are artificial roots, placed below the gums, that we can attach crowns to in order to replace missing teeth. We can virtually place an implant in your jaw using our 3D scan in order to position it well away from adjacent tooth roots or nerves, and then have a guide fabricated that helps to place the implant in your mouth in the exact same way that we planned it.
This pre-planning can help the procedure more predictable. After your bone integrates and “locks” into the implant for a few months, you would be ready for the crown or replacement tooth to be attached! Dental implants have the advantage of being conservative – the two adjacent teeth don’t need to be shaved down like they would with a bridge. Give us a call at 403.590.8090 to set up an appointment to see if you are a candidate!