Dental implants are one of the best treatment options for replacing missing teeth. Implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With implants, you can eat virtually anything and have a natural look when you smile.
Learn more about dental implant surgery below.
Learn about Dental Implant Surgery in this video from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Implants replace the root portion of a missing tooth. They are surgically inserted titanium posts that fuse to the jawbone. Your dentist will place your replacement teeth onto these posts.
There are several kinds of dental implant options. These include:
Dental implants look and perform more like natural teeth:
They do not require artificial plastic to cover the roof of the mouth
They do not require adhesives or denture creams
They can minimize ongoing bone loss in the jaws while bridges require adjacent teeth to be filed down, dental implants do not impact healthy neighbouring teeth.
Our patients typically report less discomfort and faster healing compared to the extraction of a tooth. We recommend mild pain relievers for two or three days following a dental implant procedure. After that time, patients are typically pain-free. Sensitivity is usually not an issue with dental implants.
You will clean your implants just like you clean your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and see your dentist for routine cleanings. We also recommend using a water pick. Adequate hygiene is vital for the health of your dental implants.
Not necessarily. The bone requires some time to heal before your final tooth can be placed. This process can take several months. You may want a temporary denture or a partial denture made to hide the missing teeth until the process is complete. An immediate, temporary crown can sometimes be placed onto implants.
You may have been told that you are not a candidate for dental implants. But, due to advances in technology, almost all patients are now candidates for implant placement.
Health is a greater determining factor than age. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Dental implant treatment may not be recommended for patients suffering from some chronic illnesses. An examination by one of our surgeons, and a review of your dental and medical history, will help determine whether you qualify for an implant procedure. Most patients do qualify.
Smoking does not prevent you from having implants. Smoking can increase the risk of complications with healing, and your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.
The cost of treatment varies with the solution provided. During your consultation, we will present you with a range of dental implant options. We will explain all surgical fees in advance and will provide a written quotation that includes all aspects of the surgical treatment.
Some insurance companies offer partial reimbursement for dental implants. One of our treatment coordinators will facilitate communications between you, your dental office, our office, and your insurance company. We will ensure you are getting the maximum amount of coverage available to you.
The cost of dental implants is a medical expense that may be deductible for income tax purposes. If you own a business, additional tax advantages are possible. Discuss this with your accountant.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Our surgeons perform the dental extractions, any necessary bone grafting, and actual placement of the dental implants. When you are healed, your dentist fabricates and inserts the replacement teeth.
We will begin with an oral examination and x-rays of your mouth. We will evaluate the health of your jawbone and extend of implants required.
We will perform a clinical exam and also look at your x-rays. This will allow us to provide a diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options.
At your consultation we will discuss the most appropriate anaesthesia options for you. The options include local “freezing”, nitrous oxide “laughing gas”, IV sedation or general anesthesia.
We will provide you with a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics if determined necessary by your surgeon, and detailed post-surgical instructions.
Your surgeon will determine appropriate timing for a follow-up visit. The surgeon will monitor your healing and answer any questions you may have at that time.
Serious complications are uncommon. Excessive bleeding, numbness, prolonged pain, infection, implant failure, and sinus complications can sometimes occur.
On average, our surgeons place over 2,000 implants each year. It is one of the most common procedures we perform. As a result, we are able to offer this service with a high level of efficiency and with minimal complications
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