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Dental Implants & Traditional Tooth Replacement at Northland Village Dental Centre

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Replacing a tooth or several can be an expensive, life-enhancing undertaking, so it’s important to choose the option that fits not only your budget but also your lifestyle. This blog will explore five aspects of five common tooth replacement options to help you make an informed decision about your dental health.


Tooth Replacement Options

Dental Implants

Dental implants are comprised of an artificial tooth root, often made from titanium, screwed into your jawbone. A crown (or tooth) is fixed to the implanted root with a support post called an abutment. Implants blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth and are ideal for single-tooth replacements, but dental implants can also be joined to replace a section of teeth.


Duration of Procedure: variable, depends on:

·       the health of your jawbone, teeth, and gums

·       the need for bone grafts or tooth removal

·       the length of bone integration

Titanium implant surgery: 1-2 hours

Healing and integration: 8-12 weeks

Placement of crown 15 minutes


Durability: Titanium: 25 years or more; crown 10-15 years


Cost: Most expensive option; seldom covered by insurance plans; average cost in Alberta is $3,842 - $4,895 per tooth


Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are removable dental appliances. They are made with either a metal framework or an acrylic resin base and are then attached to existing teeth. It is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They are one of the affordable ways of replacing missing teeth.


Fixed & Implant Retained Dentures

Fixed dentures are very similar to traditional dentures, but they are permanently kept in place with titanium implants, as described above. Fixed dentures are used to keep prosthetics in place and to prevent bone loss within the mouth. They can last 10-15 years and longer. The titanium implant may last a lifetime.


Implant-retained dentures combine the stability of fixed dentures and the removability of traditional dentures. Implant-retained dentures clip into place on the implants but receive support from the gums.


The procedure and duration for fixed and implant-retained dentures are like those for dental implants. Once the healing and bone fusion have occurred and the prosthetic has been fashioned, the denture plate can be quickly and easily inserted and attached. The initial cost of fixed dentures is higher than traditional dentures, but they last 2-3 times longer.


Fixed Bridges

Fixed bridges replace a section of teeth in between two healthy teeth. The prosthetic comprises an acrylic crown on each end of replacement teeth to fill in the gap. The crowns are placed over two healthy teeth while the fake ones sit in between. When they are well cared for, fixed bridges can last a lifetime.


Contact Northland Village Dental Centre in NW Calgary

Whether you're looking to replace a single tooth or several, the dental team at Northland Village Dental Centre in northwest Calgary can help. We have over 20 years of experience helping Calgarians regain full mouth function and a healthy smile at the price they can afford. Contact us today to discuss your tooth replacement needs.




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