TDimplant-300x229 Here at Williams Lake Smiles, we receive many patients who are suffering from missing teeth and the problems associated with them. When we speak to them about dental implants and the restoration options they give our patients, many of these people are confused about the implant process and how it is capable of providing the results the treatment has become known for. Today, Dr. Rudy Wassenaar is blogging to speak to Williams Lake, BC area patients about the process of osseointegration, which is responsible for the comfort and reliability that comes with dental implants.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are so successful because they fuse directly to the patient’s jawbone, just like natural teeth do. This is possible because the jawbone is naturally capable of regenerating itself. When this regeneration process is used to anchor an implant fixture into place, it is called osseointegration. The reason this fusion between fixture and jawbone is possible is because the implant fixture is made from titanium, which is a biocompatible alloy. During the placement surgery, this implant fixture is placed in the patient’s jawbone, which causes the regeneration process to begin. This starts a three to six-month long period of recovery, during which osseointegration begins.

While your implant heals, your jawbone creates new bone tissue that grows up along the implant fixture, wrapping around it and pulling it into its proper place. Some forms of implant fixture are made porous, with small holes covering them. Newly regenerated bone tissue will weave itself through these small holes, further latching on to the structure. It is thanks to this process that dental implants are able to provide the level of results that they are becoming known for.

Because of how important successful osseointegration is to the dental implant process, there are some steps we recommend our patients take to ensure that the process proceeds as planned:

  • Avoid chewing directly on top of your healing implant, as undue pressure can put the process at risk.
  • Be sure to avoid using a straw to drink a beverage. This is because suction can dislodge the blood clot protecting your healing implant from bacteria.
  • If you smoke, it is important that you give up the habit while undergoing the dental implant process. The reason for this is that tobacco and nicotine are both detrimental to your oral health, and can increase your chances of infection.

Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Wassenaar

Thanks to osseointegration, we are able to provide patients with new replacement teeth that work and feel just like natural teeth. With this level of quality possible, it’s no wonder why so many patients are choosing to restore their missing teeth with dental implants instead of with other treatment types, such as dentures and dental bridges. If you would like to learn more about this treatment or the process of osseointegration, then contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rudy Wassenaar today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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