Missing teeth don’t only create cosmetic problems for a person; they can cause numerous oral health problems. When you have mouth spaces, food will likely get stuck between teeth, causing bacteria to build up. Additionally, tooth loss weakens your jawbone and affects your eating and communication.

Replacing your missing teeth can tremendously improve your appearance and oral function. Stoneycreek Village Dental serving patients in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, proudly offers dental implants to patients with tooth loss. Whether you have one, several, or all missing teeth, implant-based restorations are always up to the task. You only need to have a healthy bone and issue-free dental health.

The dental implant process

Not all patients are eligible for dental implants. That said, it’s always a good idea to book a consultation with an implant dentist like Drs. Yohannes Melkie or Alan Chan to determine your suitability. We usually use a combination of physical examinations, digital radiographs, and scans to evaluate your dental health and jawbone density.

If we establish that dental implants are good for you, the rest of the implant treatment involves:

  • Dental implant surgery: After administering local anesthesia, we incise your gums and drill your bone to insert a titanium screw-like post. This implant post acts like an artificial tooth root to anchor your new teeth.
  • Healing: Your implant needs about 3-6 months to heal. As you heal, osseointegration occurs, where the jawbone fuses with the implant. During the healing period, you will need occasional appointments with your dentist to check the progress of your recovery.
  • Abutment placement: After healing, your dentist installs an abutment that connects your implant to a tooth restoration. Abutment placement is minor surgery that needs about two weeks of recovery.
  • Crown placement: Finally, the most enjoyable step of dental implant treatment. Your dentist tops off your implant with a natural-looking denture, bridge, or crown.

Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Once installed, you don’t have to think about your tooth again. The only part that needs replacement about every 15 years or more is the crown. Better yet, dental implants are natural-looking, avert bone loss, and restore your oral function to nearly 100%.

Complete your smile with durable dental implants

Tooth loss shouldn’t deny you the smile you deserve. Dental implants can rebuild your grin for a complete, healthy smile. If you want to benefit from dental implants in Fort McMurray, AB, and its environs, please dial (780) 666-7327 to schedule an appointment with Stoneycreek Village Dental.

Many Happy Faces

Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.

Who can get dental implants?

Anyone with missing teeth and a healthy jawbone can consider getting dental implants. Dental implants can be combined with different restorations to replace one or more teeth. 

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants benefit your smile in many ways. By replacing missing teeth, they can improve your ability to eat and speak normally. Dental implants provide unparalleled stability for restorations and also promote good jawbone health which helps you maintain your facial structure.

How do you care for dental implants?

Dental implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss regularly and don’t miss your dental appointments, and you should be able to maintain your implants for many years.

What are the alternatives to dental implants?

If you need to replace missing teeth, you can consider options other than dental implants as well. Attractive, modern dentures are still a popular choice, and dental bridges can also work to replace missing teeth.

Dr. Yohannes Melkie, DMD EAT Bio

Dr. Yohannes Melkie

Dr. Yohannes Melkie obtained his Biomedical Science degree from the University of Ottawa and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, he moved to Fort Mac, where he has practiced since.

Dr. Melkie follows various conferences and training sessions to stay current so he can provide the best quality treatment to his patients. He enjoys collaborating with patients to ensure they get the best care.