Dental implants at
Princess Elizabeth Dental

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Today, modern dental health care has drastically reduced the number of people who will lose their teeth. And those people that are missing teeth are expecting more from any replacement.

In the majority of cases, the most satisfactory and permanent way to replace missing teeth is with the use of dental implants. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth.

Commonly asked questions about dental implants

What are dental implants?

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The implants themselves are tiny artificial titanium or titanium/zirconia roots that are placed into the site(s) where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium oxide surface, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Not surprisingly, implants are about the same size as natural tooth roots.

What is the procedure?

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In order to place an implant, we usually have to freeze the gums and make a small pilot hole to place the implant into. In general, the placement of an implant is faster and easier than removing the tooth we are replacing with it. In some cases, we can remove the failing tooth and place the implant replacing it at the same visit. After placing the implant, we often have to wait twelve to sixteen weeks for the bone to fuse to the implant before we make the final crown.

Do I have enough bone?

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In some cases, especially if it has been a while since the tooth was lost, some of the natural bone has shrunk away. In these cases we sometimes have to do a minor graft to help your body grow back the missing tissue. Again, this is usually not a complex procedure, but requires patience while your body heals for several weeks or even months, depending on what we have to do.

How long should implants last?

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Just as we like to see teeth last for your entire life, the goal with implants is to see them last for the rest of your life. Just like teeth, implants can develop gum disease if we don’t look after them, so good homecare remains as important as ever. Crowns, whether they are on teeth or implants, can wear out over the years but are straightforward to replace. Most implants are for the long term, provided that you look after them with regular homecare and professional dental care.

How will I know what my result will look like?

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In many cases, the dentist will take models of your existing smile and have the laboratory technician, called a ceramist, build up what the final result will look like in wax. In some cases we will also build up a temporary plastic version of the possible result, which you can snap onto your teeth in the clinic. As well, we will sometimes take a digital or scanned photograph and enhance it on the computer to demonstrate what is possible. It really depends on the case and what we are correcting.

Aesthetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers, are only done after careful planning and consultation. Talk to one of our dentists and discuss what treatment might be right for you.

Meet your dental implant dentists

Bill Holden

Bill Holden

B.Sc., D.D.S.

Dr. Holden is a 1991 graduate from the University of Alberta. He is a general dentist who provides implant placement, restoration, associated bone grafting, maintenance, and complication management on a referral basis.

Outside the clinic, Dr. Holden is involved with coaching and playing soccer, hockey, and football. His hobbies include canoeing, fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. He has also been involved with Scouts Canada as a volunteer for many years and currently leads a Scout Troop. He is married with two children.

Ali Afshar, B.Sc., D.D.S.

Ali Afshar

B.Sc., D.D.S.

Dr. Afshar received his first dental degree from the University of Alberta in 2001, followed by a certificate in advanced graduate studies in general dentistry from Boston University. He is a general dentist and currently has a referral practice focused on dental implants, soft tissue management, and complex restorative cases. He is also involved in teaching locally and internationally.

Dr. Afshar has two young children who take up most of his free time. His hobbies include soccer, golf, skiing and driving his children around.

If you would like to know more about our dental implant and missing tooth treatment, please give us a call on 780-488-0383 and we will give you a call back to talk through your needs further and to arrange a consultation to see if you are suitable for implant treatment.

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  • Princess Elizabeth Dental
  • 10515 Princess Elizabeth Ave
  • Edmonton AB T5G 0Y5
  • Fax: 780-488-7745

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