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?
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:
"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
Dental Implant Candidacy
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.
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
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:
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 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.