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Dental Implants

Patients with tooth loss often struggle with simple tasks like eating, speaking, and feeling confident about the way they look.

Drs. Nathaniel Podilsky and Leah Stempfle can place and restore dental implants to repair missing teeth with maximum stability.

Learn why you should consider dental implant treatment at our practice in Downtown Edmonton, AB.

What Makes Implants So Stable?

Illustration showing the implant placed in the jawbone, an abutment attached to the implant, and a crown secured to the abutment
Dental implants are screw-shaped cylinders inserted in the upper or lower jawbone in place of a missing tooth. These titanium posts act as artificial tooth roots anchoring a custom crown, bridge, or denture. Unlike traditional prosthetics that rest on top of the gums, dental implants circumvent mobility so your restoration never slips out of place.  

You Deserve a Full, Healthy Smile Make It a Reality with Dental Implants

Thanks to innovations in modern dentistry, tooth loss does not have to affect your quality of life. Dental implants provide patients with a solution so similar to natural teeth that you can forget about tooth loss altogether. If you are ready to enjoy life more fully, with a healthy and functional smile, then get started on your treatment today. You can schedule a consultation with the dentist at our Downtown Edmonton, AB, office online or by calling:

(780) 428-6846

"If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone." Canadian Dental Association

What kind of implant-supported restoration is right for me?

Lifelike Dental Restorations

Our dentists strive to create the most authentic-looking dental restorations for our patients throughout Alberta. Pictured below is an actual patient of our Downtown Edmonton dental practice who replaced most of his teeth with an implant-supported partial denture. The prosthetic is custom-made for your unique specifications out of materials that mimic natural tooth enamel.
Before Dental Implant
After Dental Implant

Dental Implant Candidacy

While dental implants are suitable for a wide range of patients, treatment is not right for everyone. Several factors can impact the success of implants, including:

Jawbone Density

Patients must have sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants. If long-term tooth loss has affected your jaw density, we can offer a preparatory bone grafting procedure to replace lost tissue.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Gum disease and other preexisting oral health conditions must be treated prior to implant treatment. We may also recommend extractions if any of your remaining teeth are compromised by decay. 

Overall Health

Certain medical concerns, like uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and smoking, can increase your risk of implant failure. Make sure to thoroughly discuss your medical history with our doctors to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo treatment. 

"To be a candidate for a dental implant two criteria must be met. Your gum tissue should be healthy overall and there must be enough bone present to support the implant." Canadian Academy of Periodontology

The Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants at our Downtown Edmonton, Alberta, practice typically runs about $2,000 to $4,000 per tooth.  

Get a Personalized Cost Estimate

Our dentists can give you a personalized estimate and a more accurate breakdown of your treatment costs during your consultation. At that time, please feel free to ask questions and discuss any budgetary concerns you have. We will be happy to assist you. Schedule your appointment at our Downtown Edmonton practice online or by calling:

(780) 428-6846

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Dental Implant Treatment Timeline

Placing and restoring dental implants is a process that typically involves two surgeries over several months. Here is what you can expect when you undergo treatment at our practice in Downtown Edmonton, Alberta:

The ceramic artists handcraft the custom crown bridge or denture to your specifications.
The ceramic artists handcraft the custom crown bridge or denture to your specifications.


You will begin with a thorough exam and consultation to confirm your candidacy and discuss treatment options. If you choose to move forward with dental implants, we will create a personalized plan catered to your needs and preferences. 


The first step of treatment is a minor surgical procedure to place your dental implants. We create small incisions in the gums and carefully insert the titanium implant posts. Once they are properly positioned, we close the incisions and cover the treatment area with gauze. 


Over the next four to six months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. Our dentists will monitor your recovery progress at periodic follow-up visits and schedule your next procedure once you have completely healed. 


When osseointegration is complete, we perform a second minor surgery to place abutment pieces. Abutments attach to each implant post and serve as the point of connection for your future implant-supported restoration. Patients typically need about two weeks for the gums to heal around the abutments before moving on to the final steps.  

Prosthetic Design

Prior to your final visit, our dentists will take detailed impressions of your mouth and send them off to the technicians at our partner dental lab. The ceramic artists handcraft the custom crown, bridge, or denture to your required specifications and send the finished product back to our office. 


When your gums have healed, you will return for your last appointment, where we adjust your permanent prosthetic. When you and the dentist are both satisfied, we will attach the crown, bridge, or denture to the abutments, and your treatment is complete. 
"The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life." Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Ensuring a Healthy Recovery

Although our team in Downtown Edmonton will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions before your procedure, it is important to familiarize yourself with what to expect after your surgery. In the hours after your surgery, you can expect some degree of: 

Swelling: You may apply an ice pack to ease discomfort and swelling. To help your gums heal faster, sleep with your head elevated.

Pain: Dr. Podilsky tries to make recovery as pain-free as possible. Most patients can alleviate discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers and are ready to return to their normal routine after just one day.

Bleeding: Avoid extremely hot foods and strenuous activities in the days following your procedure, as these can trigger bleeding.

Once you heal, you should care for your new tooth implants like the rest of your teeth, with daily flossing and brushing, as well as regular visits to the dentist. With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants may last for many years to come.

Dental Implant FAQs

Are dental implants safe?

Implants are safe only for qualifying patients. Make sure you are open and honest with our doctors about your medical history and all medications you take so we can accurately determine if the procedure is safe for you. As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with dental implants, including nerve damage, infection, and implant failure. However, complications are rare, and we do everything possible to prioritize your safety. 

Do I have to be put under general anesthesia to get implants?

No. Most implant procedures can be performed under local anesthesia and mild sedation without patients falling asleep. Our Downtown Edmonton practice offers nitrous oxide for patients who experience high anxiety or have difficulty sitting for long periods. However, if you require deeper sedation, we can coordinate that to ensure your comfort. 

What sort of maintenance is involved once I receive a dental implant?

Dental implants require much of the same maintenance as natural teeth. Patients should practice proper brushing and flossing techniques and make regular visits to the dentist for checkups

Are implants more expensive than traditional prosthetics?

Implant-supported restorations are more expensive than traditional restorations. However, you should consider dental implants an investment in your health and quality of life. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants prevents jawbone atrophy, gum recession, and other conditions, helping you avoid costly restorative procedures in the future. While insurance usually does not cover dental implants, we have financing options that make implants affordable.

If you have additional questions at any time during your treatment, you can send a message directly to our Downtown Edmonton office through our online form.

Dr. Podilsky

Dr. Podilsky Is Dedicated to Personalized Care

Dr. Podilsky is qualified to care for your smile:

  • Over 35 years of experience
  • Membership with the Canadian Dental Association
  • Dedicated to ongoing training 
  • Membership with the Alberta Dental Association

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us today at (780) 428-6846.

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