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 implants 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 the bone loss. The longer you wait, the more changes occur - the muscles that help you chew your food begin to shorten to accommodate the reduced space between your nose and your chin. A dental implant can prevent the 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, will last a lifetime.
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 and to make sure that the dental implant fused with the bone. A temporary 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 via a small attachment.
Five (5) consequences from 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 Implants
Ability to chew and speak properly
Improved facial appearance
Preservation of jaw bone structure
Natural appearance and function of teeth
How do I know if I am a candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are considered one of the best options 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 bonelike 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 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 bridge, partial or full dentures would have chosen implants if they had known about bone loss.
Cost of Dental Implants
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 digital x-rays will be necessary, which costs about $250.
At Lakefront Family Dental, we offer no-interest financing options to fit any budget. Also, keep in mind that you may be eligible for a tax deduction using Canada Revenue Agency’s medical expenses tax credit.
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.