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Our office is bright and open. We pride ourselves in maintaining the ADA + C's high standards of sterilization.
Our staff will answer all your questions, and attempt to make your visit as pleasant as possible.
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Member: Alberta Dental Assoc.
What are Dental Implants?
Our goal is to have your Dental Implant crowns or appliances look, feel, and function as close to natural teeth as possible.
Dental Implants are designed to provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth.
Dental Implants are small, surgical titanium, screw-shaped, threaded fixtures that are placed into the bone in the upper (Maxillary) and/or lower (Mandibular) arches of the mouth. They are used to replace one or many missing teeth, or to stabilize dentures. Titanium is an inert metal that is capable of creating a very tight bond with bone. Titanium is used in other operations such as knee or hip replacements -- so it is a proven surgical component.
The implant acts like the root of a natural tooth, and bone actually forms around a special coating or rough surface on the implant to hold the implant firmly in place. This process is referred to as osseointegration. A crown, with the look, feel, and function of regular dental crowns is then affixed to an abutment (post) which is connected to the implant. The 'abutment' is simply a small connecting piece between the implant and the crown.
In cases where there are multiple missing teeth, or where the patient has previously had dentures, multiple implants are placed in the mouth to allow for implant-supported crowns or bridges, ball or "Locator" abutment retained Overdentures, and/or Titanium or Gold Bar-supported Overdentures.
Dental Implants, being made of Surgical Titanium, are very strong and durable. The success rate for dental implants is high, and, with proper care, good dental hygiene, and a healthy life style, it is quite rare that implants will fail. Many of the 'original' implants (from the study in Sweden over 30 years ago) are still functioning without any problems. Technology and procedures have advanced significantly since the first implants were placed. Some failed implants can be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking) or to poor dental hygiene. The Leigh Smile Center has had a very high documented annual success over the past five years.
“The LEIGH SMILE CENTER - where your new smile change begins.”
FEES: Dental Implant Surgery is $1,500 Each. This is for the surgical placement of the Implants and includes the cost of the Implants. Certain conditions may apply. The fees are dependent on sufficient available bone being present at the site in order to perform the procedure. For more complete information about the restorative phase costs, and a breakdown of specific procedures, please visit our IMPLANT FEES page.
What are the Factual Benefits of Dental Implants?
* Dental Implants do not decay.
* Implants are cost effective when taking into account the functioning life of the implant.
* Note: "In some cases, the implant may not be successful because it didn't bond to the bone." (Canadian Dental Association). Some dental implants do fail and there can be bone loss associated with ailing/failing implants. However, the present success rate for dental implants is quite high.
When and Why do we use Dental Implants?
1. Failed root canals.
2. Inadequate root length.
3. Congenitally (hereditary) missing teeth.
4. Periodontally involved (mobile or loose) teeth.
5. Large carious (decay) lesions.
6. Tooth fractures.
7. Missing teeth.
8. No posterior abutment (anchor) teeth.
9. To preserve the adjacent natural tooth structure. No 'grinding down' other good teeth.
10. To stabilize, or retain, partial or complete dentures.
11. To eliminate removable appliances and replace them with implant-supported (fixed) crowns or bridges.
At the Leigh Smile Center, we use 3D Imaging Technology as part of our treatment planning process. The CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) images allow us to collect the required and highly valuable diagnostic information so we can plan and deliver Dental Implant Treatment to our patients. Training in CBCT imaging is a requirement of the Alberta Dental Association + College. Dr. Leigh and his surgical assistants are all certified in the use of CBCT-Scan imaging.
This technology allows us to measure the patient’s bone width, height, angulation and density, and to 'virtually' position the Implants in the bone. In our Center, being able to view a patient's bone structure in 3 dimensions reduces the possibility of error.
This Post-Op Instructions .PDF file can be downloaded and saved for future reference.
DENTAL IMPLANT PATIENT EDUCATION:
In case of after-hours Emergencies, please contact the Westlock Hospital Emergency Department: 780-349-3301.