Dental implants are extremely beneficial for patients suffering tooth loss. Whether you are missing one or more of your teeth, dental implants allow our dentists to restore full functionality and give you a beautifully natural smile, while restoring all the health benefits of your natural teeth. Dental implants are true tooth replacements, and their extraordinary success rate makes them our top choice to restore a smile
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are titanium anchors placed into the jaw that holds an artificial tooth securely under the gum. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for the bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases, a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Considering the Cost of Dental Implants
“Implants have to be done right the first time, and finding a skilled doctor is the key.”
Our dentists prefer to use a method called Minimally Invasive Guided Implant Surgery. Using this technique allows for the exact preplanned placement of one or more implants using a surgical implant guide which is fabricated in advance of the surgery.
At Cornerstone Dental Centre we offer Implant for $3500 that includes everything, starting from Implant placement to custom abutment to final Crown Placement.
Dental implants have been available for several decades. However, for most patients, they are still a relatively new concept. When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important points that should be kept in mind.
When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not always afforded by other, more traditional methods.
While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-lived. Because these older methods require repair and replacement every 5-10 years, they are often more expensive over time. By contrast, dental implants, when properly placed and cared for, can last a lifetime.
Jaw Bone Health
Over time, when a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, underneath the surface damage is being done to the jaw bone and ultimately to the structure of the face. This can result in the distortion of the shape of a person’s face, leading to additional cosmetic costs down the road.
On the other hand, dental implants are made of titanium, which actually integrates with the jaw bone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, lessening problems in the future.
Quality of Life
Dental implants can be seen as a long-term investment not only in terms of money, but also in terms of quality of life. A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In addition to allowing the patient to eat the same healthy foods he or she has always enjoyed, it also eliminates the day-to-day hassles and possible embarrassment that are frequently caused by dentures.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our dentists are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of three months of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
What Type of Anesthesia is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, without general anesthesia with minimal downtime. The whole procedure can last from Hour to Hour and half.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.