Dental Implants

If you have lost or missing teeth, you may wish to consider dental implants from Summerland Dental Centre. At our Summerland, BC office, we offer implant dentistry services designed to restore your teeth and maintain the structural integrity of your mouth.


Whether your missing tooth is the result of periodontitis, tooth decay, or an injury, Summerland Dental Centre wants to help restore your smile with a beautiful new dental implant that looks and functions just like a real tooth. Significantly stronger than bridges or dentures, dental implants offer a single and permanent solution to lost teeth. And when you come to Summerland Dental Centre, you’ll be treated with the nurturing care and professionalism that embodies our practice.

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile! Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

What are dental implants?

They are replacement tooth roots made out of titanium that are placed into the jawbone. The process of receiving implants is generally comfortable and the implants literally become attached to the jawbone with a great deal of retention. In most cases, they are as comfortable and solid as your own teeth.

Reasons for dental implants:


  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

Benefits of implant dentistry:


  • Tooth replacement that is as close to natural teeth as possible
  • The only method of tooth replacement that preserves jawbone
  • Preserves facial structures
  • Preserves healthy adjacent teeth
  • Overdentures attach to implants for stability and comfort
  • Improved chewing function
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Long-term positive results
  • Millions of patients worldwide are enjoying the implant restorative option
  • Dental implants have been the subject of over 40 years of intensive research
  • worldwide, proving them to be a safe, effective dental procedure.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

Dental implants are one of the fastest growing services in dentistry today. Many patients who previously suffered from missing teeth, denture soreness, decreased chewing ability or loss of facial structure are now taking advantage of dental implants to solve these problems. Implants can literally improve your smile, your ability to eat, and talk. In many cases, permanent crowns and bridges can be placed on implants and replace loose partials and dentures.

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