Dental Implants in Mill Woods, Southeast Edmonton
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone fuses with the titanium (osseo-integration), creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we request that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Daya at Agape Dental Clinic Millwoods. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are titanium metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts (abutments) are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth (crowns).
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually fusing with the jawbone (osseo-integration). You should be able to wear temporary crowns or dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist designs the final crown, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Daya will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar and can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. The abutments are then connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the abutments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implant Guided Surgery
There are two ways for doing implant placement surgery – freehand and guided surgery. Research studies comparing outcome of freehand vs computer guided implant placements found that statistically higher pain and swelling were experienced at sites treated freehand with flap elevations and less marginal bone loss was observed in the computer guided group. (Computer-guided vs freehand placement of immediately loaded dental implants: 5-year postloading results of a randomised controlled trial, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29806667)
Agape Dental Clinic Millwoods uses guided surgery with surgical guides for implant placement surgery. Undoubtedly, free-hand method has been used for many years now and is more cost-effective but we believe that the advantages of guided implant surgery far out-weigh the extra cost associated with it.
Guided implant surgery, if done correctly, with proper images, can potentially provide a high level of precision and control, and can be invaluable depending on the complexity of the case and the anatomy of the patient, especially if the bone quality and quantity is not optimum.
Advantages of Guided Implant Surgery
• Surgery can be precise, safe, and predictable.
• Surgery time is shorter.
• Generally carried out as a flapless surgery and shorter recovery time for the patient.
• Less invasion, blood, and pain for the patient.
• Bone grafts can be minimized.
• Better positioning for the final crown restoration
With guided surgery, all the planning and “back and forth” with drilling, angulation, and depth is all figured out before the patient appears for surgery.
Disadvantages of Guided Implant Surgery (mainly for dentist)
• Investment in expensive equipment
• Surgery planning time takes longer
Agape Dental Clinic Millwoods has invested in CBCT and iTero scanning equipment to facilitate guided implant surgery planning.
Guided Implant Placement Surgery Process
CBCT scan of the hard tissue is taken and saved in DICOM file format. For the surface anatomy of gums and soft tissues, a digital scan is performed using iTero Digital Scanning System. The scan is saved in STL file format which is exported and merged with CBCT scan file to provide 3D images to be used with the planning software in the treatment planning and design phase. The software is used for optimum positioning of the implant, taking into consideration any structures such as sinus and nerves, bone density and adjacent teeth. The procedure is from implant restoration or crown down process ensuring that when completed, the implant crown would be in the right position with correct bite, and esthetically better than the process which starts with implant placement and trying to fit in the crown.