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.

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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!

COVID Patient Protocol

Our staff at Williams Lake Smiles are following careful safety protocol to keep our patients, team, and community safe at all times.

There are a few things that we are asking of you, our patients, as well:

-Please do not arrive early for your appointment time as we may not be able to accommodate you in our waiting room area. We are doing our best to limit your contact with others during your time in our clinic. If we are running ahead of schedule, we will call you to come in sooner.

-Due to our small waiting area, please do not bring any extra family members with you to your scheduled appointment.

-When you do arrive for your scheduled time, please wait in the front boot room for direction from a member of our team for entry protocol. If there is already another person in that boot room, please wait outside the front door until one of our team members can bring you in and allow appropriate social
distancing.

-We are not currently allowing anybody in the office unless you have a scheduled appointment time. Please call or email the office if you would like to book an appointment or have questions about upcoming appointments,  treatment, or billing.

-All people entering the clinic must wear a mask as per the current mandate from the BC provincial health minister (August 25, 2021).

-Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, we will go through a verbal COVID screening questionnaire, take your temperature, and have you use hand sanitizer before entering the waiting room or treatment areas.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the changing protocols, heavy workloads, and COVID limitations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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