Missing Teeth Are a Health Concern

Our teeth play an important function throughout our lives. Each of our permanent teeth is used every day to eat and speak. When teeth are missing, our bodies are incomplete, and problems can arise.

When a tooth is lost, the bone that would ordinarily hold the tooth starts to be reabsorbed. This process takes place quickly. As the bone breaks down, the area around the missing tooth often shifts. Gums take on a different appearance, and the gum line can start to affect the way the lips look and function.

Over time, many people with one missing tooth eventually lose other teeth, develop gum disease, and have trouble with gum recession. If they develop gum (periodontal) disease, they may also be at heightened risk for heart disease, diabetes complications, and other issues.

The answer is to fill in the missing tooth or teeth with dental implants or implant-supported dentures. This protects the remaining teeth and provides a solid barrier against the negative effects of a missing tooth.

Fix missing teeth with Dr. Dan Kinkela


Are you looking for a way to regain the health that is lost by having a missing tooth?

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Tyhee Dental Offers Various Dental Implants

Your mouth is unique, and so is your dental situation. For this reason, Tyhee Dental offers different types of dental implants in Smithers, BC, to suit our clients’ lifestyles and needs. Our most common dental implant procedures include:

Placing mini implants is a less invasive procedure with a shorter healing time. Only a small pilot hole is used to create an opening. Very little bone is removed to accommodate the mini implant which is designed to screw tight into the bone from the beginning. This means that a mini implant can be used immediately in most cases. You may have a crown placed on a single tooth or your existing denture/new denture can often be modified to fit several mini implants right away.

Conventional implants require lifting a bit of gum tissue (flap) in order to make a larger hole in which the implant is placed. Over time the bone grows into and fuses with the implant. It may take about three to six months before a conventional implant is ready to accept a permanent tooth or support a denture.

The procedure is performed with local anesthetic and takes a few hours depending on which type and/or how many are placed. Any discomfort experienced usually passes within 48 – 72 hours.

Either of these implants are an excellent choice for single tooth replacement or for denture stabilization.

Call our office today and book a consultation with Dr. Kinkela. He will determine whether this type of treatment is best for your needs.

Dental implants, or tooth implants, are made up of a post, an abutment, and a specially crafted dental crown. The post is implanted into the bone, replacing the root of the missing tooth. After a few months, the post fuses completely to the bone, just as a tooth root would do. At this point, the dentist can attach the abutment, which supports a crown that is made to look exactly like the surrounding teeth. Dental implants are excellent replicas for people looking to replace one missing tooth, and who have the bone density to support a traditional dental implant post.
If you have lost too much bone at the site of your missing tooth, or you have several missing teeth in a row, you may be a candidate for mini-implants that support dentures. The mini-implants have a smaller post than traditional dental implants but still fit securely. After they have healed, they can be used to support a  denture or a single tooth that is created specifically for the contours of your gum line.
The All-on-4 implant-supported dentures use posts just like dental implants and mini-implants, but the posts are used to support a completely permanent denture. Many patients who have lost a complete row of teeth, or who have lost all their teeth, can once again gain the function and appearance of permanent teeth through this solution.


Dr. Dan Kinkela at Tyhee Dental is ready to discuss the many dental implant options available to you.

Call us at 1-250-483-2840 to learn more.