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The Leigh Smile Center has introduced a New 2017 Dental Implant Fee Schedule, which we believe will make Dental Implants cost-effective for patients. We want our patients to be able to take advantage of the many benefits of Dental Implants.

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"A team from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes. The oils were tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria which are common inhabitants of the mouth. They found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibited the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria including Streptococcus mutans — an acid-producing bacterium that is known to be a major cause of tooth decay." Source: Alpha Galileo Foundation http://www.alphagalileo.org

 

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What are Dental Implants?

Our goal is to have your Dental Implant crowns or appliances look, feel, and function as close to natural teeth as possible.

Dental Implants are designed to provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth. 

Dental Implant CoatingDental Implants are small, surgical titanium, screw-shaped, threaded fixtures that are placed into the bone in the upper (Maxillary) and/or lower (Mandibular) arches of the mouth. They are used to replace one or many missing teeth, or to stabilize dentures. Titanium is an inert metal that is capable of creating a very tight bond with bone. Titanium is used in other operations such as knee or hip replacements -- so it is a proven surgical component.
The implant acts like the root of a natural tooth, and bone actually formsDental Implant around a special coating or rough surface on the implant to hold the implant firmly in place. This process is referred to as
osseointegration. A crown, with the look, feel, and function of regular dental crowns is then affixed to an abutment (post) which is connected to the implant. The 'abutment' is simply a small connecting piece between the implant and the crown.

In cases where there are multiple missing teeth, or where the patient has previously had dentures, multiple implants are placed in the mouth to allow for implant-supported crowns or bridges, ball or "Locator" abutment retained Overdentures, and/or Titanium or Gold Bar-supported Overdentures.

Implant PlanningDental Implants, being made of Surgical Titanium, are very strong and durable. The success rate for dental implants is high; and, with proper care, good dental hygiene, and a healthy life style, it is quite rare that implants will fail. Many of the 'original' implants (from the study in Sweden over 30 years ago) are still functioning without any problems. Technology and procedures have advanced significantly since the first implants were placed.  Some failed implants can be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking) or to poor dental hygiene. The Leigh Smile Center has had a very high documented annual success over the past five years.

                    “The LEIGH SMILE CENTER ... where your new smile change begins.”

FEES: Implant Surgery is $1000 Each. This is for the surgical placement of the Implants and includes the cost of the Implants, and the Dental Implant Consultation. There is an additional 1-Time-Only facility fee of $400 for the setup of the Surgical Suite. Certain conditions may apply. The fees are dependent on sufficient available bone being present at the site in order to perform the procedure. For more complete information about the restorative phase costs, and a breakdown of specific procedures, please visit our FEES page.

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What are the Factual Benefits of Dental Implants?

* Dental Implants do not decay.
* Implants are cost effective when taking into account the functioning life of the implant.
* Note: "In some cases, the implant may not be successful because it didn’t bond to the bone." (Canadian Dental Association). Some dental implants do fail and there can be bone loss associated with ailing/failing implants. However, the present success rate for dental implants is quite high.
* For all of the many factual benefits of Dental Implants for the edentulous patient, or patients with missing teeth, please contact Dr. Leigh at drleigh@telus.net, and he will send that information to you. Or, you can check out any one of thousands of Dental Implant Internet sites (especially Dental Implant Organizations) where all these facts are readily available.

When and Why do we use Dental Implants?

     1.     Failed root canals.
     2.     Inadequate root length.
     3.     Congenitally (hereditary) missing teeth.
     4.     Periodontally involved (mobile or loose) teeth.
     5.     Large carious (decay) lesions.
     6.     Tooth fractures.
     7.     Missing teeth.
     8.     No posterior abutment (anchor) teeth.
     9.     To preserve the adjacent natural tooth structure. No 'grinding down' other good teeth.
     10.   To stabilize, or retain, partial or complete dentures.
     11.   To eliminate removable appliances and replace them with implant-supported (fixed) crowns or
              bridges.

Scanning ApplianceAt the Leigh Smile Center, we use 3D Imaging Technology as part of our treatment planning process.  The CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) images allow us to collect the required and highly valuable diagnostic information so we can plan and deliver Dental Implant Treatment to our patients. Training in CBCT imaging is a requirement of the Alberta Dental Association + College.

This technology allows us to measure the patient’s bone width, height, angulation and density, and to 'virtually' position the Implants in the bone. In our Center, being able to view a patient's bone structure in 3 dimensions reduces the possibility of error.

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DENTAL IMPLANT PATIENT EDUCATION:

See Patient Education page: CLICK HERE

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All services are being provided by General Dentists.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no "Specialists" in Dental Implant treatments in Alberta or Canada. No Dentist in Alberta, including Oral Surgeons, Periodontists,
Prosthodontists, Orthodontists, or Endodontists, etc. is allowed to call him or herself a "Specialist" in the area of Dental Implants, or to say that
they "Specialize" in Dental Implants. (To do so is false and misleading, according to the Alberta Dental Association + College, and violates the ADA+C's
Code of Ethics). Dental "Specialists" in other areas of Dentistry are NOT also "Specialists" in Implant Dentistry.
Disclaimer:
Notice to Website Viewers: This website is provided for information and education purposes only. No doctor/patient relationship is established by your use of this site. No diagnosis or treatment is being provided. The information contained here should be used in consultation with a Dentist of your choice. No guarantees or warranties are made regarding any of the information contained within this website. The information is common knowledge in the practice of placing and restoring dental implants. This website is not intended to offer specific medical, dental or surgical advice to anyone; only to provide possible alternatives to standard dental treatments for replacing missing teeth. Further, this website and Dr. Leigh takes no responsibility for websites hyper-linked to this site, and such hyper-links do not imply any relationship or endorsement of the linked sites.

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