Dental implants offer unparalleled durability, stability and aesthetics. As the gum and bone tissues fuse to the bio-compatible implant, your custom-made false tooth will benefit from a new long-term tooth restoration.
Dental implants can effectively and permanently replace missing teeth. Constructed of titanium steel, dental implants are first surgically placed into the supporting tissues for your tooth’s roots, in your jawbone and are then allowed to heal for (roughly) four to six months.
Once affixed and given some time to heal properly, your dental implant will look and function just like a natural tooth, above and below the gumline.
Frequently asked questions and concerns about Dental Implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a Titanium post, shaped like a wood screw which is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. It replaces the root of the missing tooth. The dental implant anchors into the jawbone by a process called osseointegration in which the bone cells or osteoblasts deposit bone around the implant.
What is the procedure involved to replace a tooth with a dental implant?
The procedure starts with complete diagnosis and treatment planning. The purpose of this is to ensure that there is adequate amount of jaw bone available to support the implant in the early healing stage.
The surgery to place a dental implant in the jawbone involves making a cut or incision in the predetermined site. The bone is expanded to the size of the implant to be placed and the implant is inserted in place. The tissues are stitched or sutured into place and the area is allowed to heal in place. A temporary tooth may be used during the healing period if the implant is being placed in the front of the mouth.
After 4-6 months of healing, the implant is tested for stability and a porcelain crown; which has the exact similar appearance of the adjacent teeth, is either cemented or screwed over the implant the look and feel is that of a natural tooth- fixed and permanent.
How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implant?
The most important factors for success with dental implants are stable general health and adequate amount of available bone. Our diagnosis procedure will sometimes require a cone beam CT scan of the jaw bone to measure the amount of jaw bone available to place the implants in a safe manner.
We may also request input from your family doctor if there are concerns about the stability of health conditions.
What are the risks with dental implants?
Risks with dental implants are most likely due to improper planning and selection. Pain, infection, swelling and bleeding can sometimes occur after surgery. There can be a risk of nerve injury if dental implants are placed close to the nerve especially in the lower jaw.
CT scans are often used to predict the exact position of the nerve and also for planning the right size of implant even before the surgery to greatly reduce the risk of nerve injury. Antibiotic regimen is started before implant surgery to reduce the risk of swelling and infection.
In spite of all efforts for successful surgery and restoration, dental implants can sometimes fail and incidence of failure is low, about 2-4%. But smokers have a higher rate of failure; of about 2-30%. If you are a smoker and are considering having dental implants, it is important to understand this risk.
How successful are dental implants?In a number of research studies, dental implants are proven to have high success rates
of about 96-98% over 15 yrs. This is higher than the success rates of fixed bridges and dentures. But like with any medical device, dental implants also require regular maintenance in the form of good hygiene care at home and regular professional checkups in order to be functional and successful.
How much do dental implants cost and can I afford it?
The cost of dental implants depend on the number of dental implants being considered, the type of prosthesis or restoration and the need for adding bone in the form of bone graft if there is an inadequate amount of available bone. This is determined at the consultation appointment. The cost of implants is broken down into surgical and restorative costs. Generally, the cost of dental implant surgery in adequate bone is $1500. This does not include the cost of the crown, bridge or denture. Once the restorative needs are known, a total cost estimate will be provided following the consultation appointment and a predetermination can be sent to your insurance.
What if I am afraid of surgery?
In most cases, the surgery to place a dental implant is a very well planned and controlled procedure and therefore very little trauma or ill-effects are encountered. For people who are anxious about surgery, we offer conscious sedation with oral sedatives which help most people to relieve anxiety and offer relaxation. For patients who are highly anxious or for complex surgeries, we would request the expertise of an oral surgeon to offer IV sedation for deeper relaxation.
Contact Us at Humber Valley Dental in Bolton today for more information.