Implant Dentistry with The Dental Office of Dr. Angela E. Mulrooney – Your Calgary Dentist
Dental Implants FAQs
What is a dental implant, and how does it work?
Dental implants have been used to replace teeth for over 30 years. Dental implants are a long-term way to replace lost or damaged teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium alloy and are used to replace a missing tooth’s root. Over a short period of 3 months, your implant fully integrates and is ready to be restored. Implants can replace individual missing teeth or to support a removable denture.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
If you have one or more missing teeth, or a denture that is loose or uncomfortable, and you generally have good oral health, you are likely a candidate for dental implants. A new patient consultation with Dr. Angela E. Mulrooney, DMD will allow her to determine what type of treatment is best. She will answer your questions and review what you can expect during and after treatment.
How long will it take?
Implant therapy typically requires several steps over a period of three months to one year, depending on your case. A customized treatment plan is the first step.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Dental implants need to be cared for like regular teeth. Brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits, are recommended. If properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Reasons for implants:
Dental implants look, feel, and function like healthy, natural teeth.
When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink and the jawbone changes shape due to the bone loss; dental implants can prevent this deterioration so that your face will retain its natural shape.
Dental implants restore proper chewing, allowing for a better diet and improved overall health. (see www.straumann.com)
Dental implants can be used to support a denture. Loose, uncomfortable dentures and messy adhesives could be a thing of the past!
What kind of dental implants do you use?
At the Calgary dental office of Dr. Mulrooney, we use Straumann dental implants. Straumann is a company that continuously seeks improvement in their technology. With implants, a single tooth can be replaced without having to cut down your adjacent teeth as would have happened with a traditional bridge. They may also be used to stabilize your loose dentures by clicking a denture onto the implant and for full mouth reconstruction with implant-supported bridges. If you are missing teeth or have dentures, this may be the solution you have been seeking.
What types of “grafting do you do?
Dr. Angela E. Mulrooney’s dental office offers two types of grafting to help you achieve that healthy, glowing smile that you’ve always wanted:
• Dental Implant Bone Grafting
• Sinus Lift Grafting
Dental Implant Bone Grafting:
Dental Implant Bone Grafting is done to increase the amount and shape of your jaw bone. This makes it easier to place those dental implants that will improve your bite and your smile. Dental implant bone grafting is a surgical procedure that allows Dr. Angela E. Mulrooney to replace the bone that has been lost with a natural, artificial or synthetic substitute. This is done in order to generate new, healthy and natural bone, or to simply hold the space under the gums.
If you are looking to replace missing bone lost from previous dental extractions, injuries, accidents, periodontal disease, infections or any other cause, this may be the procedure for you. Call Dr. Angela E. Mulrooney today to learn how she can help create a more natural looking, natural feeling and durable restoration for you.
Sinus Lift Grafting:
Sinus Lift Grafting is a procedure that allows all patients the option of having dental implants, when years ago, there was no other choice for those with a loose sinus wall than to wear loose dentures. What do sinuses have to do with dental implants, many wonder? A whole lot.
Most people know what their sinuses are, but many aren’t aware of where they’re located—behind your cheeks and on top of your upper teeth. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses, which are a lot like big, empty rooms. When those upper teeth are removed, the only thing left separating the sinuses from the mouth is an egg-shell thin wall of bone. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place, so when the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants. This is where sinus grafting comes in.
In order to give you the strongest, longest-lasting implants available, Dr. Angela E. Mulrooney will first enter your sinuses from its side where your upper teeth used to be. She will then lift the sinus membrane and insert donor bone on the sinus floor, which is also the roof of your upper jaw. After several months of healing, the donor bone becomes a part of your jaw, making it a stabilized surface for Dr. Angela E. Mulrooney to insert the desired dental implants.
If you want dental implants where your upper teeth used to be, but have been told that your sinus wall is too thin to conduct the procedure, call Dr. Angela E. Mulrooney today.
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