What to Expect From a Tooth Implant Procedure

Implant-supported dentures offer enhanced comfort and aesthetic design compared to traditional tooth replacement options. Here’s what to expect from your tooth implant procedure. 

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to tooth implants, rather than resting on the gums. It has many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options including:

  • More natural look, feel and function
  • Makes eating and speaking easier and more comfortable
  • They don’t move, slip or need any messy adhesives
  • Preservation of jaw bone strength
  • Improved oral health

Why Choose Future Smiles

Whatever your tooth replacement needs, the team at our Calgary denture clinic offer a wide range of denture solutions from dental implants to traditional/flexible dentures to help you maintain good oral health for many years to come.


What to Expect From a Tooth Implant Procedure

When performed by a qualified and experienced dental health professional, a tooth implant procedure is a safe and effective treatment that can yield incredible results.

While every surgery is individual and unique to each patient, there is some basic information you should know about your dental implant procedure.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a screw made of titanium and is surgically placed into your jaw by a dentist/denturist. The implant mimics the root of your tooth and lessens the effects of bone loss resulting from missing teeth.


How long does it take to do a tooth implant?

Every patient and procedure is different, but there are certain factors that determine the length of time it takes for a dental implant procedure to be completed, including:

  • Your overall dental health
  • The number of teeth (and which ones are) being replaced
  • Whether your teeth will need to be extracted
  • Whether a bone grafting needs to be performed

These above factors will determine how many visits you will need to make to your denturist before the tooth implant procedure is finished.

What happens during the dental implant procedure?

It takes two phases for the dental implant to be accomplished and it can take up to seven months for the entire process to be completed (depending on your rate of healing.)

Phase 1
  • Your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia
  • An incision is then made in your gum where the tooth implant will go
  • The implant is then screwed into place
  • Your gums will be closed over the implant and you may have 1-2 stitches
  • Over the course of several months, the tooth implant will fuse itself to your jaw bone.
Phase 2

The second phase of the dental implant procedure will take place approximately three months later and involves:

  • The denturist making a small incision in the gum to expose the tooth implant
  • A small extension being placed on the implant: this is where the denture will be placed
  • After taking denture impressions, your new denture will be made and placed onto the implant

Caring for Your Tooth Implants

Tooth implants are designed to last for many years, even a lifetime, making them the ideal choice for patients looking for a permanent tooth replacement option. However, to ensure their longevity, it’s crucial to take care of your dental implants correctly. It’s important to make sure you:


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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our denture solutions including implant-supported dentures and flexible partials, contact our Calgary clinic at (403) 475-0016 or fill in our online contact form.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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