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Dental Implant Dentistry Services Calgary

Dental Implant Procedure in CalgaryDental Implants are used when one tooth or several have been extracted or may need to be extracted. It is an alternative to a movable denture. The implant looks, feels and acts like a normal tooth.

Sierra Dental offers a range of implant services including Implant Retained Dentures and Periodontal Care.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are meant to be used to replace a lost tooth. When you’ve had, or need to have, a tooth extracted, that open gap in your mouth can cause problems. Your teeth can shift, leaving you with a misaligned bite and possibly pain when eating.

Dental implants use a titanium post that mimics the root of a tooth. This is implanted in your jaw, and then a replacement tooth or bridge is put in that area.

Unlike dentures, this tooth stays in place and is not removable. You can have one or more dental implants, depending on how many teeth you’re missing.


Why should I consider dental implants?

When you’re missing teeth, it can cause problems with the surrounding teeth. Not only that, but missing teeth can affect your self-confidence. By replacing missing teeth you can assure you’re still able to smile, and you help keep your other teeth right where they belong. You also help in preventing bone loss that can happen where you have no teeth in your gums.

Unlike dentures, implants are permanent. They are almost like regular teeth, but they don’t come with the risk of gum disease and cavities.

To get implants, you do need to have enough healthy bone for the titanium post to be anchored in.

What to eat after a dental implant?

You don’t have to stick to an only-water diet for two weeks:

  • Dairy products are great when you’re adhering to a soft food diet. If you are lactose intolerant opt for milk alternatives like almond, soy or coconut.

  • If dairy is not your thing, you can get protein elsewhere from nut butter, eggs, soft fish, oatmeal, oat bran and cream of wheat.

  • Do not forget to eat your fruits and vegetables. You do not have to puree everything but make sure that whatever fruits and veggies you do eat are soft enough that they require little to no chewing.

  • Other staples of a soft food diet are baked or mashed potatoes, beans, rice, soft bread, applesauce, stew, and soup.

Immediately following your implantation surgery, especially if you have been placed under sedation, you should replenish any fluids that have been lost. Drink cool liquids and avoid using a straw.

What food should I avoid after a dental implant?

  • Any food that needs to be thoroughly chewed like steak needs to be avoided while you’re on your soft food diet.

  • Food that could cause pain to your gums, like chips, popcorn, nuts, and shells should not be consumed while you recover from your implant surgery.

  • Toast is a big no-no in the two weeks that follow your dental implant surgery. All bread consumed must be soft so as to not hurt your gums and the roof of your mouth.

  • Watch out for baby food. You don’t have to avoid it completely but the sugar and fat content of store-bought baby food is often very high.

Stay away from anything carbonated and food and drinks that are extremely hot.

Can a type 2 diabetic patient get dental implants?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It is also easier to treat and control compared to type 1 diabetes. Because of this, patients who have type 2 diabetes are generally considered better candidates for implants than those with type 1 diabetes.

Can teeth extraction and dental implants be done simultaneously?

Teeth extraction and dental implants can be done simultaneously if you understand the procedures and have the right dentist to apply them. Consult with your dental professional to determine the best options for your needs.

Can Invisalign be used after a dental implant?

While every case is different, in general, the short answer to this question is that, yes, you can still be considered a candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign can also be used after someone has had bridges, crowns, and fillings as well. With that said, your treatment plan will likely involve a little bit of compromise, the reasons for which will be outlined below.



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