Dental Implant’s are the most durable treatment option for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Dental Implant’s tend to last the longest and also look the most natural. As a result from the implant being fused onto the jawbone, which resembles the root of a natural tooth, dental implants help to stimulate bone growth. Therefore, implants help to maintain support of neighbouring teeth.
Dental implants have the advantage of being permanently positioned. Allowing individuals to eat and act natural without having to remove any aesthetic components while eating, sleeping or cleaning.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the most durable and highest quality of artificial tooth restorations. A dental implant involves having a titanium screw being inserted into the jawbone. The implant provides similar support as the root of a natural tooth. An abutment acts as the inner core of the tooth connecting the implant, which is then covered by a ceramic crown. The porcelain crown is shaded (coloured) to be indistinguishable and natural among other teeth.
What is the process for implant surgery?
The placement of dental implants involves an extensive surgical procedure. The average process from beginning to completion can average 3 to 5 months. This may vary depending upon the natural healing time for the patient. It is important to note, since surgery is required, patients may experience discomfort during different stages. These may include swelling, bruising, or minor bleeding.
We sit down with each patient to compassionately provide different teeth restoration options that may best suite you physically and financially.
Upon confirmation by the client approval for a dental implant restoration, our implant specialist will extensively analyse your situation. Eligibility for an implant could be determined by the age and health of a patient.
Our team will take 3D imaging and x-rays of your teeth. This will allow our aesthetic dentist experts to provide the best treatment design strategy and processes available.
Prior to implant insertion, our dentists will prepare the surgery area and oral health for implant surgery.
Deep cleaning and extraction of severely damaged teeth could be recommended to help improve the surgical procedure, oral health, and appearance.
Design and Planning
Using the latest in digital technology, our dental implant experts utilize software to diagnose and design the placement of implants into their correct locations. Using such technology allows mapping and planning of the patients jawbone structure, which helps provide a seamless surgical procedure.
Each individuals jawbone, teeth are unique. As a result, each surgery is different. Implantation of a titanium root may average 1-3 hours per post. After this first phase of surgery, the surrounding area is required to heal as the jawbone grows and fuses onto the metal post. This is known as osseointegration. Varying upon a patients health, this may also take anywhere between 3-6 months to naturally heal. Strict food and dietary requirements are generally advised during this period. Smoking is strongly prohibited.
Abutment Attachment to Screw
Once osseointegration healing has been completed and with the implant exposed, additional minor surgery is required to attach the abutment onto the titanium screw (dental implant). This process is usually performed with local anesthesia. Minor abutment surgery requires the following procedures:
- Dental Implant surgeon, reopening the area of the gum that has healed over the past several months to expose the dental implant post.
- Abutment is attached to the titanium screw.
- Exposed gum tissue is closed around but not over the newly attached abutment.
- Additional healing time is required post surgery. This may take another few weeks.
Crown Attachment to Abutment
Once healing has completed for the abutment, another appointment will the be scheduled. Our dentists with glue a ceramic porcelain crown over the abutment to complete the entire implant procedure. Crowns are meticulously shaded to match the existing colour of neighboring teeth. If a bridge or full arch is being applied to the patient, we may slightly improve the shading of the teeth to appear whiter to brighten the appearance of your smile.
What are the benefits and advantages of a dental implant?
If the quality of jawbone allows there are various benefits of dental implants vs standard removable dentures.
- Lower maintenance for cleaning whereby the maintenance of a dental implant essentially becomes similar to a normal tooth. Standard brushing, flossing, mouthwash and regular dental visits.
- Less chance of falling out or slipping while talking and eating resulting in improved eating and speech.
- Prevents bone deterioration.
- No removal required for maintenance or sleeping.
- Full row of teeth can be designed to look natural while dramatically improving your smile.
How long do tooth implants last?
There are different factors that may influence how long dental implants last. With good oral health care and regular dental visits, implants can last for well more than 15-25 years. Studies have shown that implants last even longer since implants are designed to be a permanent long term solution. However, the crown may require to be replaced usually around 10 years. Again, this may be determined by the oral hygiene of the patient.
Are there requirements to be able to get an implant?
To be eligible for dental implants, its necessary for patients to have relatively good oral health.
Individuals with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, history of smoking, or other medical conditions may have lower success rates. Due to medical treatments such circumstances may cause gum inflammation that could effect the healing process.
As a result, our dentists will require you to confidentially disclose such information.
For smokers, its advised to stop smoking several weeks prior to dental implant surgery. Smoking immediately after surgery can also increase the risk of infection. Embarking to stop the habit of smoking for the long-term will improve overall oral health, the longevity of natural teeth, and the success rate of the dental implant.
What is the cost of a dental implant?
The costs of each singular dental implant vary as each case is tailored for each patients needs. On average a single dental implant may cost an estimate between $4,500-$5,500. Additional treatment such as extraction, decay or gum disease services may be required dependent upon the health of the patients tooth or surrounding teeth.
Single Fake Tooth Implant
A single implant crown is the treatment method by which a post is surgically inserted and securely anchored into the underlying bone. Single implant crowns are the highest form of artificial tooth restoration as the post emulates the structural activity of a natural tooth.
Dental implants are often recommended to patients to prevent further bone loss. Dental implants assist in bone growth by the process of osseointegration. This is the process of bone re-growth around the implant, which embeds and helps secure the post into the patients jawbone.
Dental Implant Bridge
Multiple dental implants are usually recommended for patients that may have lost several adjacent teeth. Rather than replacing each missing tooth with an implant, an alternative option is to use a bridge. An implant bridge consists of two or more dental implants inserted into the bone.
A retainer crown is then connected to each implant post completes the bridge structure. When multiple implants are required for a patient, the surgical and fitting procedures can be performed on the same day.
A standard dental crown bridge involves the shaving of adjacent natural teeth to act as the supporting posts, while dental implant bridges involve a titanium screen being surgically inserted into the jawbone.
Full Arch Implant / All on Four Implant
A full arch implant bridge is recommended for patients that may have an entire row of missing teeth. As opposed to removable dentures, all-on-four implants are a permanent solution where the denture is fixed onto the jawbone with multiple implants.
Otherwise known as a full fixed bridge, there a multiple advantages of full arch implants. Generally they are more simple to maintain, easier to clean, look more natural and seamless along the gum line, and more durable in that they do not move while stalking or chewing. Rather than using a single implant per tooth, using four evenly separated dental implants is both cost effective and less invasive for the patient.
Depending on the quantity and quality of bone more implants could be recommended to help support the fixed dental bridge. For additional information on all-on-four or implant retained dentures please click here.