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Implant Dentistry

Dental Impants Implant treatments are an alternative that allow patients to have the function of real teeth without the need for traditional bridges, partial dentures or full dentures. Unlike those treatments, an implant is placed directly into the jaw where it becomes fused to the bone. This makes an implant look and feel just like a natural tooth. Implants restore the function of missing teeth.

About Implant Dentistry – Implants are artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium. When placed, bone and bone cells will grow right against the material and amalgamate with the titanium. The body does not reject the material nor recognize it as foreign. Titanium is also the only material that can support biting forces when placed in the mouth.

Single & Multiple Implants – Implants are artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium. When placed, bone and bone cells will grow right against the material and amalgamate with the titanium. The body does not reject the material nor recognize it as foreign. Titanium is also the only material that can support biting forces when placed in the mouth.

Implants Vs Dentures – Implants are artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium. When placed, bone and bone cells will grow right against the material and amalgamate with the titanium. The body does not reject the material nor recognize it as foreign. Titanium is also the only material that can support biting forces when placed in the mouth.

Dr. Seddon and Dr. Dhillon’s Accolades in Implant Dentistry

Dr. Seddon has an incredible amount of training and surgical experience. Dr. Seddon has trained in the best implant programs in the world and has studied under the top mentors in Vancouver. He has attained the highest standard in implant dentistry as Diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) is pursuing that same goal with the American Board of Oral Implantology.

Dr. Seddon has completed training in the Maxi Course, a 300-hour program covering all aspects of implant dentistry. Following this, he successfully passed the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Associate Fellow written exam. In October, 2011, he will challenge the oral exam to achieve Associate Fellow status.

Dr. Seddon previously completed both the surgical and prosthetic programs with the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute, which addresses both surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. He has recently been acknowledged by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) for his efforts with diplomate status, which demonstrates a lifelong commitment to implant dentistry education.

Previous courses include the I.D.E.A.S. Implant Study Club with Dr. Tassos Irinakis and Soft Tissue Grafting with the Perio Institute.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

There are two main steps when it comes to getting implants. The first step is the placement of the implant.  This happens under oral sedation, making it quite painless. Dr. Seddon will open up a flap to show the jawbone. After that a small hole is made in the bone and the titanium implant is put into position. During this first step, bone and soft tissue grafts are sometimes also necessary to ensure optimal performance for the implant. Once the implant is in place, it will be about three months before the placement of the new tooth. Here, Dr. Seddon will connect a metal cylinder (called the abutment) to the implant that the new tooth will be built onto. Then, an impression is taken and sent to the lab for them to build a new tooth that will be placed atop the abutment. After the completed tooth returns from the lab, Dr. Seddon will secure it in place and make any final adjustments. At that point, your brand new smile is ready to be shown off.

Why Get Implants?

Implants offer many advantages over other solutions such as standard bridges and dentures.

  • Durability – Whereas bridges have a life expectancy of about 10 years, implants are a permanent alternative. Implants bond strongly to the jaw bone like a natural tooth root, while bridges rely on the other teeth around them for support.
  • Better oral health – With bridges, bone loss occurs naturally at the site of the missing tooth and with partial dentures, this bone loss is accelerated. With an implant, not only is this loss of bone prevented, but healthy adjacent teeth are also spared the cutting down that often accompanies bridgework.
  • Improved oral hygiene – With implants, everyday dental care like brushing and flossing is often easier and less time-consuming than with bridges.
  • Better aesthetics – Modern implant technology allows for implant teeth that look exactly like natural teeth.

 

Dental Implant FAQs

Are there any risks to dental implants?

As with any type of surgery, there are risks associated with getting dental implants; however, modern dental implants have a success rate of 97% or higher. The most common complication for implants comes from infection around the implant and Dr. Seddon and his highly-trained team take every step to prevent this from happening. Dr. Seddon’s surgical technique has been honed through hours of training and experience and he and his staff follow a very strict sterile protocol. On top of this, every patient is prescribed a comprehensive, individualized antibiotic regimen tailored to their specific needs based upon their treatment plan.

Is the surgery painful?

The surgery to place the implant takes place while you are under sedation, making it an easy process for you. Dr. Seddon and his team also work to ensure that you don’t have to deal with the pain of infection after implant placement. With Dr. Seddon’s experience and training, a strict sterile protocol and an antibiotic regimen customized for each individual patient, chances of infection are greatly reduced.

Do I need to do anything special before or after the surgery?

There are a few simple steps to follow before and after your appointment to have an implant put in. They can be found here:

How much do implants cost?

We offer a variety of flexible payment plans.

Call Us Today To Book An Appointment And To Find Out What Works Best For You

If you are ready to take charge of your oral health, please email us or call 604-922-0144 to schedule an appointment with us today for your better smile tomorrow.

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