Dr. Koni Worsley
H.B.Sc., D.D.S.

Unit #264, 1632 - 14th Ave NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1M7

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Our office is conveniently located on the second floor of the North Hill Shopping Centre Professional Building.

Tel: (403) 284-1138
Fax: (403) 284-0188
Email: info@avenue14dentalstudio.ca

Mon: 8:30am-4pm
Tues-Thurs: 8am-4:30pm

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are man-made roots formed from small titanium cylinders to replace for the root portion of a missing tooth. The body generates bone which will grow around and bond with the implant. This process (called implant integration) takes place over a period of several months. After the implant has bonded with the bone, it serves as a stable anchor for replacement teeth. Dental implants may be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implant supported replacement teeth look and function like natural teeth.

What are the benefits of implants?

Improved Appearance

When teeth are missing, the jawbone shrinks. Cheeks and lips appear sunken as they are no longer supported by teeth and bone, making the face look older. But dental implants will slow or stop this process in the same manner as natural teeth.

Then replacement teeth are firmly anchored to the stable implant. The replacement teeth can remain in the mouth during all of life's normal activities allowing the confidence to resume day to day activities.

Improved Comfort

As the bone continues to recede over the course of one's life, space will occur under bridges and dentures. Pain and irritation of traditional "rocking dentures" on sensitive gums is eliminated with dental implants.

Improved Speech

Speech will be "back to normal" without the bulk and slipping of traditional dentures.

Improved Health

The average denture allows for approximately 25% the chewing efficiency as compared to a patient with their own teeth attached to their bone. Dental implants restore your ability to eat a normal diet - with meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Any denture covering the roof of the mouth will reduce the sense of taste. This isn't necessary with dental implants.

There is no grinding down of natural teeth as necessary with making a bridge or crown when "crowning" the dental implant.

Who is a good candidate for implants?

Patients who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay
Patients who are committed to daily attention to oral hygiene
Patients of any age in good general health

What factors reduce the success of implants?

Smoking
Certain chronic diseases
Poor dental hygiene
Radiation treatments

Is there pain or discomfort involved?

With any surgery there can be some discomfort and individual reactions to discomfort or pain vary. Most patients indicate that there is less discomfort than they anticipated. In fact, the placement of an implant is typically less sensitive than the removal of a broken tooth.

How long will it take?

Dr. Worsley would refer you to a highly qualified surgeon for an initial consult to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Once cost and health questions are fully satisfied, the process can begin. Complete implant reconstruction usually involves a period from four to nine months. After initial surgery, time is needed for your jaw to grow around the implant. This growth varies based on factors that the surgeon can explain at your initial consult.

After the bone has healed, steps will be taken to attach a connecting post to the implant. Then, Dr. Worsley will fabricate the replacement teeth.

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