Let’s Talk About Implants

Many Canadians have suffered the misfortune of losing one or more teeth. The more commonly known solutions are partial or complete dentures. However, a growing number of people are moving towards dental implants for many reasons, including fit and durability to name a few.

A general dentist can make the determination as to whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. They will carefully examine your mouth and take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants are right for you.


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. Bone tissue attaches to the titanium implant (osseointegration), fixing it in place and allowing it to support the new crown. An artificial crown is then attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the new crown in place.


A single missing tooth: One dental implant
is placed and restored with a single crown.In contrast to conventional bridgework, in most cases there is no need to cut down or compromise the adjacent teeth.

More than 1 missing tooth: An implant bridge avoids the use of a removable prosthesis (denture) that can encourage plaque formation and increase the risk of caries and periodontal disease with the other natural teeth.

Edentulous cases: A full arch prosthesis is fixed over a number of implants and it assures the patient comfort and security in eating, speaking and smiling.

Frequently asked Questions

It’s very easy and fast and is normally performed under local freezing. After a relatively short time (between 3-6 months, varying from patient to patient) a second simpler surgical phase exposes the implant to allow placement of the prosthesis over the implant. General Anesthetic and IV sedation are also available if requested.
The dentist is the one that can decide if the crown can be placed immediately or after a second surgical phase (8-24 weeks). It depends on the patient, bone type, surgical procedure, habits, etc. A temporary dental appliance can be made to ensure you have a function and good aesthetics during the healing period.
Dental implants are often the best solution since they fuse directly to the bone. This natural solution is therefore far safer than previous procedures. This is the same material used for the knee and joint replacements with a very high success rate and over 55 years of clinical studies behind it. It is the treatment of choice.
Normally the healing time is immediate or within a very short period of time. Most patients can resume their normal daily routines in a very short time (1-2 days). Generally they will only notice a little discomfort in the surgical area, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Good oral hygiene is essential together with periodic visits to your dentist and hygienist.
It is very unlikely that the implant will be rejected. Dental implants are made of medical-grade titanium, which is a biocompatible, inert and stable material. Millions of dental implants are placed every year and the results are excellent, with an almost total success rate.

The benefits of implant-stabilized dentures.

  • They are a very good investment due to their durability, low maintenance and normally excellent results.
  • They can improve your quality of life.
  • They are a functional and aesthetic solution that will give you confidence and satisfaction.
  • Implants are affixed to your jaw, and do not slip and shift like regular dentures.
  • Dental implant placement is an easy process.
  • You can return home the same day of surgery and go back to your normal routine within days.
  • Once the process is completed an implant is the same as a natural tooth
  • With stability comes comfort.
  • Implants are affixed to your jaw, and do not slip and shift like regular dentures.
  • Unlike regular dentures, they function like your natural teeth and you can enjoy a wide variety of foods.
  • No more denture adhesives and loose dentures causing sore spots.
  • Have the confidence to laugh, eat, and speak without fear of your dentures moving around.


Choosing the right implant solution is an important decision, and we want to ensure that you have all the necessary information before deciding to move forward. We look forward to guiding you through this process, as our greatest reward is seeing our patients satisfied with their new smile.

Call us and a member of our team will schedule you in for a no-cost consultation with an experienced treatment coordinator.

During your consultation, A CBCT scan (3-D image) may be required to make a detailed assessment of the necessary steps to follow.

As part of your consultation, our Dentist will sit with you to discuss your goals, and outline the process ahead to achieve your new look. Together, we will develop a plan that will meet your dental goals and schedule.

We will also discuss your options should you need flexible payment options for the procedure.

Dr. Bryan Murray has been placing implants since 2000, with thousands of satisfied patients. The care to select the best solution for each individual patient is paramount to having long-lasting result, and a confident smile.

From the initial contact with the Dental Implant Team, to the moment you present your new smile, we are with you each step of the way. The Lethbridge Dental Surgical Suites Team looks forward to being a part of your new confident smile and lifestyle.