Gaps between teeth can have a negative impact both on the health of a smile and on one's self-esteem. At Azarko Dental Group, our Edmonton dentists often see patients seeking a solution to gap teeth. One of the most effective solutions that we recommended to patients who can qualify for it are dental implants.
Gaps between teeth can occur anywhere in the mouth, but are most common between the two front teeth. Unfortunately, this is also where they are the most noticeable, making people highly self-conscious of their smiles. Their confidence may be impacted and they may be reluctant to smile.
The problems caused by gap teeth aren't always solely cosmetic, but can actually have an impact on one's oral health as well. Gaps between teeth can make it harder to chew foods and to speak properly. Over time, the gaps can increase in size and cause the two adjacent teeth, as well as other teeth in the mouth, to become misaligned. Pain and gum disease can result if gap teeth are not addressed.
Dental implants provide an effective solution to gaps between teeth by replacing just one or both of the teeth adjacent to the gap with an implant. An implant consists of two main parts. There's the body, which is made of a titanium rod that is inserted into the jawbone and replaces the missing tooth root, and the crown, which is the artificial tooth that sits on top of and is attached to the artificial root.
Dental implants look and perform just like natural teeth, with the added bonus of not being susceptible to tooth decay. They can also last for a lifetime, meaning that they are a more cost-effective long-term solution than dentures or bridges, even though they are more expensive on the outset.
It typically takes two appointments to place a dental implant. The first involves the placing of the titanium root while the patient is given local anesthetic. A retainer or a partial denture is worn until the gums have healed, when the crown can be attached.
In order to qualify for dental implants at an Edmonton dental clinic, patients typically need to have a fully developed jawbone. The jawbone, gums, and supporting tissues and bones should be relatively healthy aside from the issues which may be causing gap teeth. Patients should also be in good overall health and preferably non-smokers.
If you'd like to find out whether you may be a good candidate for dental implants, the Edmonton dentists at Azarko Dental Group would be happy to help you out. With our experience in providing comfortable, durable, and natural-looking dental implants in Edmonton, you'll have the smile you want in no time.
We are a conveniently located dental clinic in Edmonton, so don't hesitate to make an appointment for a dental implant consultation.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8