Dental Implants Are Truly Life-Changing

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Patients who are thinking about a dental implant from Love Your Smile in Kelowna often ask how long they last. An implant is a significant investment, after all. Do they really last a lifetime, like people say? The answer is yes, but an explanation is in order.

A dental implant is not a replacement tooth, but the titanium post that is inserted into the jaw. Titanium is well-suited for implants, and cases of rejection by the body are rare. A big factor in how long the implant lasts comes down to how well you take care of it.

Dental implants are life-changing! With regular checkups and proper care at home, a dental implant can last a lifetime. When you get your implant we will have specific instructions for daily care. For most patients, we recommend brushing and flossing twice a day.

Dental implants like those from Love Your Smile in Kelowna are the tooth replacement option of choice. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to our office for complete general dentistry. Please schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

Mission cosmetic dental and tooth implantsIf you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your smile, it is essential to examine the differences between a dental bridge and a permanent dental implant, two common restorative dentistry procedures available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations. However, they have some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem. By that we mean that with a bridge, the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not guard against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a dental implant have key improvements over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will curtail the risk of bone recession because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually easier to keep clean which results in a lower risk of decay.
  • They usually last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

Dental implants are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come here for implants, bridges, and other restorative dentistry procedures. Call today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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What are Possible Dental Implant Complications?

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Dental implants from Love Your Smile in Kelowna are state-of-the-art, with a success rate in the area of ninety-eight percent. That number is a testament to implant technology. But like any medical or dental procedure, there are risks. In this post, we will consider possible complications of a dental implant.

  • Infection. Any surgical procedure poses an infection risk. That’s why we often prescribe an antibiotic beforehand. Beginning the second day post-surgery, the implant site should also be rinsed with a salt water solution.
  • Slow healing. A patient is more likely to experience slow healing if they have another medical condition. Possible conditions include gum disease, diabetes, cancer, alcoholism, or poor circulation due to smoking. We take preexisting conditions into account.
  • Sinus problems. Upper implants are placed very close to the floor of the sinus. Because of this proximity, an implant can perforate the floor of the sinus cavity. This is rare.
  • Implant failure. If an implant fails to integrate with the surrounding bone, it is usually due to insufficient blood supply. Teeth grinding, smoking, and the medical conditions discussed previously can impair blood circulation.
  • Nerve damage. Nerve damage occurs in a very small percentage of implant procedures. Patients may have pain, tingling or numbness at the implant site.

An informed patient makes the best decisions, and at Love Your Smile in Kelowna we make sure every dental implant patient knows exactly what is involved. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 trust us with implants and other restorative dentistry procedures. Call us for an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Why is the 4-Step Tooth Implant Timeline Necessary?

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Dental implants from Love Your Smile in Kelowna are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

The process for getting an i plant can take several months, but don’t let that discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is important. It’s not a drawback; it is indicative of the permanent nature of an implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and analyze your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting.

2. Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It usually takes one to two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery discomfort. Most people can go back to work after the surgery.

3. Osseointegration

The key to implant placement is called osseointegration, which means the titanium post fusing with the bone. In most cases it takes three to six months for this to happen. Once it does, you’ve got a rock-solid foundation for the implant.,

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Teeth supported by dental implants from Love Your Smile in Kelowna are life-changing. We’ve placed them in patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6. We also offer complete general dentistry, and much more. Please call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Implant-Anchored Dentures Can Give You Back Your Life

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For anyone who has lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from Love Your Smile in Kelowna may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.

You know what they say: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But set aside any skepticism. Implant-supported dentures are already worn successfully by hundreds of thousands of people.

As you may know, a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single post can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple posts, strategically placed, can support a set of dentures.

Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:

  • More stable. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
  • Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
  • Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
  • Prevents bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.

Implant-supported dentures can transform your life, and they are among the procedures available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. We have placed them in patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6, who also come to us for smile design. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Improve Your Smile for Yourself (And Those That Look at You)

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Millions of people have replaced one or more missing teeth and improved their smiles with dental implants, and that number just keeps growing. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we are providers of these dental marvels.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post.

One of the things that make dental implants so popular is that they blend in so easily with the patient’s remaining teeth. They look and function like natural teeth, and are built to last.

A major benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and helps strengthen the bone.

For patients missing all of their teeth, implants can be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry, and at Love Your Smile in Kelowna are an ideal solution for missing teeth. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for these and other restorative dentistry options. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Hate Your Dentures?

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For anyone who has lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from Love Your Smile in Kelowna may sound too good to be true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.

Implant-supported dentures are already worn successfully by hundreds of thousands of people. If you hate your conventional dentures, they be just what your need.

As you may know, a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single post can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple posts, strategically placed, can support a set of dentures.

Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:

  • More stable. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, they’re more stable and provide greater biting and chewing power.
  • Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
  • Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
  • Prevents bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.

Implant-supported dentures can transform your life, and they are among the procedures available at Love Your Smile in Kelowna. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 also come to us for complete restorative dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

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Implants Change Lives

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Many people have had a big boost in self-confidence after replacing missing teeth with implant supported teeth from Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping people improve their quality of life. With a new smile, they feel better about themselves. They feel more comfortable in public. They socialize more often.

That might be thought of as a bonus, though. Implant supported teeth are lifelike tooth replacements. They look and function just like natural teeth. With implants, you’ll regain normal biting and chewing ability.

The Essentials

Some three million people are already enjoying the benefits of implant-supported teeth. Here is some essential information:

  • Replacement root. An implant is a replacement tooth root for a missing tooth. They are usually made out of titanium, a lightweight metal that is highly compatible with bone.
  • Bone stimulaltion. The artificial tooth attached to the actual implant gives you back your smile. But just as important, the implant stimulates the bone to prevent recession.
  • Healing. It usually takes two to three months for an implant to fully integrate with the jaw bone.
  • Single and Multiple. One implant can support one artificial tooth. Several can support a partial or full set of dentures.

No wonder implant supported teeth have been called one of the most important advances in dentistry. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we offer implants, and a full range of  restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

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Innovative Implants For Confident Smiles

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Many people have experienced a boost in self-confidence after dental implant treatment at Love Your Smile in Kelowna.

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping individuals improve their smile and overall self-assurance.

We Offer The Latest Implant Options

We provide the latest tooth implants to correct dental problems and restore teeth. In addition to implants, we provide many other dental services.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Implants
  • Sedation Dentistry

We work with patients to create personalized treatment plans. We can tailor a treatment plan to fit your budget.

How Do Missing Teeth Affect Your Life?

Missing teeth can impair your ability to speak and eat. Extensive tooth loss can make it difficult to eat a healthy diet. Dental implants can relieve pain, correct bite problems, and improve function.

While dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, they can cause almost as many oral issues as they solve. Many denture wearers limit social activity because they are afraid their dentures will move around in their mouth. Dentures can also irritate gums and lead to painful sores. And they can make it hard to taste food. That’s no way to live!

Let us explain why dental implants are superior to conventional dentures in every way.

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Kelowna Jaw Bone DeteriorationIn this post from Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we will talk about jaw bone health.

To remain healthy and dense, your jaw bone needs to be continually stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

In some cases, tooth extraction is the only possible treatment for men and women with tooth damage beyond repair. However, we make every effort to save the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the initial root structure begins to recede.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a new, artificial root which helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant  a strong titanium post which replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and fused with the implant, a post is placed into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

Don’t struggle with missing teeth.At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we offer dental implants and many other services. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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