What is a dental implant?
Unrestored, lost or missing teeth will cause your bone to recede and, with time, will alter your facial appearance and speech. Dental implant surgery can prevent your bone from receding and help restore the facial structure.
Shortly after you lose natural teeth the face begins to age and change due to bone loss. The longer you wait, the more changes occur - the muscles that help you chew your food begin to shorten reducing the space between your nose and your chin. A single tooth implant can prevent bone loss and improve the facial skeletal structure.
Dental Implant structure
A dental implant is a small titanium post which is inserted into the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root and acts as an anchor to hold the artificial tooth firmly in place. Dental implants look like real teeth, allowing you to chew, brush and eat normally and, with proper care and regular oral hygiene, will last a lifetime.
Dental Implant placement
On your first appointment, the implant is inserted and allowed time to fuse with the bone. This step takes anywhere from three (3) to six (6) months to allow for proper healing for your gum tissue and the bone around tooth replacement. This surgical procedure makes sure that the dental implant fused with the bone. A temporary tooth crown will be placed over the space for the duration of the healing.
On your second appointment - a replacement tooth/crown will be fitted to your dental implant and abutment is attached.
Five (5) consequences from the loss of teeth without replacement
1. Difficulty chewing - lost or missing teeth can cause issues while chewing food – leading to possible indigestion. Food can get trapped in the missing gap which may cause decay of nearby teeth.
2. Drifting teeth - when there is a gap between teeth, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty spaces, causing crooked teeth. Furthermore, opposing teeth may over-erupt.
3. Changes in face appearance - changes in facial structure due to bone resorption.
4. Poor speech - can cause difficulty while speaking, especially if front teeth are missing.
5. Loss of lip support.
Benefits of Dental Implant
One of the main benefits of replacing your tooth or teeth with a dental implant is gaining your ability to chew and speak properly.
A replaced dental implant will also improve facial appearance long term, especially for front teeth implants.
With properly placed dental implant jaw bone structure remains preserved, keeping other teeth from shifting.
A dental implant will have a natural appearance and function of your natural teeth.
A restored dental implant will improve confidence allowing you to smile, eat and forget about not having a tooth or a gap, especially if it is in the front or visible when you smile.
How do I know if I am a candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are considered one of the best options as replacement teeth for people with good oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, injury or an accident. To learn more call our office to schedule your no obligation consultation.
What if I don’t have enough bone for Dental Implants?
Bone grafting may be necessary before placement of a dental implant. Bone grafting is now possible for either one tooth, several implanted teeth, or a full mouth. We can increase the width of bone as well as its height, if necessary.
This procedure involves adding (grafting) bone or bone-like materials to the area that lack required bone to hold an implant (an artificial root). After grafting, you have to wait anywhere from three (3) to six (6) months for the new grafted material to fuse with the existing bone.
If your upper back teeth are too close to the sinus, there is a procedure (Sinus lift) allowing us to raise the sinus before bone can be added. Check out our Sinus Lift video below to learn more.
Is there pain or discomfort?
Immediately after the surgery and for a few days, some pain or discomfort may occur. However, with medication, any pain can be easily managed. You may find that your gums and skin around the area may bruise, become sore and have some minor bleeding. This is normal, and discomfort will diminish, and you should start noticing an improvement in seven (7) to ten (10) days.
What are the alternative treatments for Dental Implants?
Dentures can be a more affordable alternative to dental implants but are less comfortable and durable. Over time bone loss will cause dentures to stop fitting properly and they will need to be adjusted or replaced.
In a recent Nobel Biocare International study, 75% of respondents with either a fixed bridge, partial or full dentures would have chosen implants if they had known about bone loss.
Dental Implant Costs
Dental implant costs depend on several factors. Some of those include a choice between types of implants; guided implant surgery or a freehand implant placement; determination if a bone graft needed or you have sufficient amount of bone left. Can a dental implant be placed without bone grafting? Number of implants required to complete a treatment plan. These are just a few examples of what our dentist, Dr. Alexandra Zemskova needs to consider in order to provide you with the most accurate price. After we discuss your treatment plan in details we will provide you with exact dental implant price and your easy payment options.
As a result, the only way to know accurate price is to schedule your no-obligation dental implant consultation with our Burlington dentist office. All prices are based on Lakefront Family Dental pricing (lab fees included), which follows the Ontario Dental Association fee guide.
Before the beginning of any treatment, a comprehensive exam and recent digital x-rays will be necessary.
At Lakefront Family Dental, we offer no-interest financing options to fit any budget. We are working with Desjardins financing, which offers flexible plans, no required downpayment and high rate of approval.
Types of implants and techniques
Dental implants come in different types, heights and different sizes. Our dentist, Dr. Alexandra will help you to determine which dental implant option is best for your treatment plan.
Types of dental implants
There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.
In our dental office, we offer endosteal dental implants. This is the most common dental implants used in dentistry. A dental implant is a small titanium post that replaces a tooth root allowing us to attach an artificial crown to a dental implant. An implant is a screw which requires a dental crown to complete your natural looking tooth restoration. A dental implant allows us to restore your missing tooth or teeth, helps to anchor your dentures and helps you chew with confidence, just like your natural teeth.
Do I need a bone graft and what is it?
If your jawbone is unable to support dental implants, several techniques can be used by our dentist in order to rebuild and add bone where it is needed. This procedure called bone grafting. Research shows that adding bone graft helps fortify the bone for dental implants placement and generally allows to achieve the best results.
Sinus Lift (sinus elevation)
This is another dental procedure that is required when bone deteriorated as a result of missing upper back teeth. This procedure involves adding bone below the sinus where the natural bone has depreciated, leaving not enough bone structure for proper dental placement.
In both, bone graft and sinus lift procedures, additional bone is required to provide a sturdy foundation for your new dental implants.
CBCT Imaging and Implants Treatment Planning
Dental Cone Beam CT (Computer tomography) is a highly precise digital imaging and implant surgical treatment planning made dental procedures safer, faster and more predictable. Our dentist uses these digital images to analyze the anatomy of your jaw, teeth and soft tissue to determine the best site for dental implant placement before your surgery. This allows for precise implant placement and shortens recovery time.
Will my insurance benefits cover Dental Implants?
Some insurance companies classify dental implants as a cosmetic procedure and therefore don’t provide coverage. However, the good news is that not all insurance companies classify implant procedures the same. Some insurance companies can help you offset your investment by covering part of the treatment.
Dental Implant Consultation
Schedule your no obligation consultation with our Treatment coordinator today.