Missing one or more teeth? Tooth loss is a painful, uncomfortable, and often embarrassing condition, but dental implants could be the permanent solution you are looking for. Not only are these restorations highly durable, they also deter bone loss, protect remaining teeth from undue stress and damage, and preserve the esthetics and shape of your face and jawline.
At Kelowna Dental Centre, we rely on Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) 3D imaging technology to help achieve accurate diagnoses, evaluate patients for implant candidacy, and optimize dental implant treatment planning. CBCT technology is a powerful tool that helps us deliver the highest-quality dental implant care and consistently successful outcomes.
Based on your unique needs, goals, and budget, Dr. Webster can develop an individualized dental implant treatment plan to give you the full, healthy, beautiful smile you desire.
Passion For Dental Implants
Over the years, Dr. Webster has travelled the world to get the most innovative implant-based training from pioneering dentists in the field. He is truly passionate about what he has learned and is doubly proud to have introduced the latest dental implants techniques and technologies to the Okanagan Valley!
So, what are dental implants? Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that utilizes a titanium or ceramic post implanted in the jawbone to anchor a custom single-tooth or multi-tooth restoration. Dr. Webster may attach single crowns, bridges, and full arch dentures (implant-supported dentures) to implant posts to create natural-looking, long-lasting results that feel and function like real teeth.
The benefits of dental implants are considerable and include:
- Improved Appearance – Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved Speech – With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved Comfort – Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier Eating – Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Prevent Bone Death – Dental Implants preserve bone mass through the jaw which preserves the shape of the face.
- Improved Self-Esteem – Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved Oral Health – Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Function – Dental Implants not only look and feel like your natural teeth, they function like your own teeth as well, unlike alternatives that are esthetic only.
- Durability – Implants are very durable and have a success rate of 98%. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Convenience – Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Patients who are ideal candidates for dental implants are in need of tooth replacement for one or multiple teeth, have good overall oral health, and have adequate jawbone density to support an implant (or implants).
To find out if dental implants are right for you, a comprehensive evaluation must be performed by Dr. Webster during an in-person appointment. The evaluation process involves a full dental examination that includes 3D scans with our advanced cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) system. This assessment can determine whether dental implants (or another tooth replacement approach) are well-suited for restoring your smile.
Some patients—such as those with gingival infections, jawbone loss, teeth requiring extraction, and other concerns—may require other treatments to improve dental health and bone structure before dental implants can be placed. Dr. Webster will fully address your concerns and lay out a plan that can help you achieve your goals at the time of the consultation.
What Types of Dental Implants Systems Are Available?
At Kelowna Dental Centre, we offer both titanium and ceramic dental implant options.
While titanium implant posts can provide successful outcomes and are considered the more traditional implant choice, ceramic dental implant posts are a more recent advancement and offer a unique set of benefits—including both aesthetic and hypoallergenic advantages for proper candidates. The tooth-coloured ceramic material is hypoallergenic (which may be preferable for patients with metal allergies), and the light color can eliminate the potential for darkening along the gumline.
Dr. Webster will fully explain your options and suggest the type of implant post that can deliver the best possible outcome at the time of your consultation.
What Are My Tooth Replacement Options with Dental Implants?
Based on the condition of your jawbone, dental needs, and tooth replacement goals, the following options may be included in your dental implant treatment plan:
Single-Tooth Replacement With Implant Crowns
Using one implant post, a crown prosthesis can be attached to replace a single missing tooth.
Multi-Tooth Replacement With Implant Bridges Or Implant-Supported Dentures
Using two or more implant posts, a bridge prosthesis can be attached to replace two or more adjacent teeth. For restoration of an entire upper or lower arch of teeth, four or more dental implants can permanently secure a denture prosthesis.
How Is Dental Implant Treatment Planning Done?
With dental implants, proper planning is the foundation for successful results. Accurate and detailed planning of your dental implant treatment can help to ensure the best possible procedure outcome. Our dentists use diagnostic imaging technology, including three-dimensional CBCT (cone-beam computed tomography) imaging and digital panoramic radiographs, to carefully evaluate the condition of your teeth, jawbone, and other facial structures and precisely plan your implant placement surgery. Proper implant placement can reduce complications, improve comfort, support implant longevity, and enhance implant success rates.
We will take the time to discuss your treatment plan, using imaging to help explain some of the choices that were made. The goal during treatment planning is always to develop a strategy that aligns with your needs, expectations, and budget to create healthy, functional, and beautiful replacement teeth that can potentially last for a lifetime.
What Are Potential Preliminary Treatments for Dental Implants?
Before dental implants can be surgically placed, you may require certain dental treatments or procedures to improve your oral health, remove teeth, and/or build up your jawbone structure. These preliminary treatments help prepare your mouth for surgery, minimize the potential for complications, and support the most successful end result.
Procedures that are commonly performed as surgical treatments for dental implants may include:
- Tooth Extractions
- Socket Preservation
- Bone Grafting
- Ridge Augmentation
- Sinus Lift
Restore Your Smile For Life With Dental Implants
Contact Kelowna Dental Centre today to schedule your dental implant consultation!