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A Healthy Smile.

A healthy smile is one of your most attractive features.

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The Leigh Smile Center

Located in the rural community of Westlock, about 50 minutes north of Edmonton.

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Dr. Leigh and one of his Dental Assistants

Performing Implant Dental Surgery on a Patient.

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Dr. Leigh with Observers

Observing an Implant Dental Surgery.

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A Single Dental Implant

Dental Implants are very small Surgical Titanium Screws, with a special coating that bonds with the bone.

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Model Showing Dental Implants

Model with Dental Implants and Ball Abutments for Denture attachment.

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Tissue Surface of Denture

Denture showing the Ball Abutment Connectors.

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Model with Denture Attached

Model showing Denture connected to Ball Abutment Implants.

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Radiograph

This radiograph shows the 5 Implants placed, with two angled implants at the outside positions.

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Radiograph with Bar Attached

This radiograph shows the 5 Implants placed with Titanium Framework.

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Dr. Leigh's License Plate

If you happen to see him, he'll be happy to speak with you about Dental Implants.

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Implant Bar Overdenture Model

The model shows how the Denture attaches to the Implant Bar after the Implants have been placed. A removable prosthesis.

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Implant Titanium Framework

Titanium Frameworks are made out of a solid block of Titanium using CAD/CAM technology.

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Titanium Framework with Attaching Screws

This framework attaches the Denture to the Implants with fixation screws (a Fixed Implant Appliance).

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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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Maintenance and Care of Dental Implants:

Sterilizing RoomIf you want your dental implant(s) to last a long time, there are some simple oral hygiene rules to follow.   Because dental implants function like natural teeth, they should be cared for the same way you care for your natural teeth. A regular regimen of brushing, flossing, check ups and cleanings at your dentist's office are the first steps in caring for your implants. It is also important to be vigilant of the types of foods that your eat ... especially foods high in starch and sugar. These foods can cause a build up of acid laden bacteria which can cause gum disease. Proper maintenance of dental implants should become an important part of your daily routine. By developing good oral hygiene habits, you reduce the risk of having the implants fail. Remember, you have invested time, effort and money into having the implants placed and restored. To neglect them, may mean having to have the whole procedure repeated again.

Dental Implant treatments are carried out daily in thousands of dental offices, with predictable results; so patients should not view the placing of a dental implant as a 'daunting' process. After implant surgery, most patients are pleasantly surprised by how 'easy' the whole process was, with little or no discomfort. While dental implants are strong and can last for many years, they are not indestructible.

Once the dentist determines that the implant is firmly in place (osseointegrated), the abutment and  crown will be attached. You will regain the feeling of having a natural tooth back in place. Ceramic crowns are very strong these days ... almost as strong as tooth enamel ... but crowns can chip or break if enough force is applied. This is also true of dentures, if you have a bar-retained overdenture or hybrid appliance with a titanium frame. The acrylic denture material can fracture or break, but this can be easily remedied. You should never use your teeth as a tool, like a bottle opener, or for crunching hard candy or ice. Teeth are designed for chewing regular edible foods, and will last you a very long time if properly taken care of. As we tell our patients ... "if you think your teeth aren't important, imagine trying to eat without them."

The New Dental Implant

Dr. Leigh will implant the titanium threaded screw directly into the bone. Depending on the type of implant treatment, you will have to go through a healing period (from 2 to 5 months), during which your jaw bone and gums are allowed to heal and grow around the implant. This 'healing' period (known as "osseointegration") stabilizes the implant in the bone, and makes for a stronger foundation for the attachment of the abutment and crown.

For information about the dental implant success rate at the Leigh Smile Center, over the past five years, please contact Debra at staff@leighdentalgroup.com. You will be evaluated before your implant is placed, to ensure the best possible outcome for a successful implant. Your Dentist will set up a checkup schedule after the implant has been placed, to avoid possible complications that may arise, and to care for the implant(s).

Caring for Your Implant

Dr. Leigh and his Staff will provide you with written instructions on how to take care of your dental implants. Our Dental Hygienists are very experienced in the care and maintenance of dental implants, and are more than happy to provide you with the oral hygiene aids used for implant care. They will provide you with answers to any questions you may have. Below are some important points to remember:

  • 1. Let your Dentist know immediately if you are experiencing any problems with the new
        implant. Don't let a minor problem turn into a major one.
  • 2. Maintain the checkup-schedule recommended by your Dentist ... usually every 6-12 months
        for an examination and cleaning. Follow the instructions that are given after the implants
        have been placed.
  • 3. Drinking water is good for your general health, and is also a way to reduce the growth of
        bacteria after eating.
  • 4. Maintain good oral hygiene practices by brushing and flossing twice a day, or after eating.
        Remember to brush in the manner suggested by your Dentist or Dental Hygienist. Brushing
        too hard, or with a tooth brush that is old or too stiff, can cause dental problems. In terms
        of the bristles, your tooth brush should always be a "soft" or "gentle" one. Hard or medium
        bristle brushes are too abrasive to gums and teeth.       
  • 5. AVOID SMOKING. Apart from smoking being a significant health risk, it is one of the major
        factors in the failure of dental implants.
  • 6. Try to cut back on foods and drinks that are high in sugar content. If this is difficult for you,
        at least brush after eating or drinking such foods.
  • 7. For removable prosthesis. Take it out of your mouth, and brush both the inside and outside
        of the appliance. Then brush softly around the gums and the abutments. Finally, use dental
        floss around the implant abutments.
  • 8. For a fixed prosthesis (stays in the mouth). Brush and floss as you would normally do with
        your natural teeth, or use a Water Pik appliance.
  • 9. Consider your implant(s) as an investment in your health and well-being.

To learn more about caring for your dental implants, please contact the Leigh Smile Center today and begin enjoying all the many advantages of Dental Implant treatments.

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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.
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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.