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Description

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically implanted into a pre-drilled hole in the patient’s jawbone to hold a replacement tooth (crown), bridge or denture


Length of Surgery

One implant takes about 1 hour


In/Outpatient

Out patient


Anesthesia

Local anesthesia with or without sedation


Back to work in...

1 day


Treatment Frequency

Once every 15 – 25 years unless the implants fail earlier


Risks

Infection; tissue damage; implants may not integrate correctly with the jawbone or surrounding teeth; implants may also become loose or fall out


Cost

The cost of dental implants varies depending on the number of missing teeth and where the implants are performed, though average cost is $2,500 - $4,000 per tooth


Duration of results

15 – 25 years



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Cost of Dental Implants*

The cost of dental implants varies, depending on the implants used and the number of dental implants needed. Single teeth typically cost between $2,000 and $4,000. A full set of dental implants may cost up to $30,000. Fees generally vary according to region of country and patient needs. These fees are averages only. Fees do not include anesthesia, dental clinic facilities or other related expenses. Please make sure that you ask your dentist for all fees relating to your procedure or treatment.

Most dental clinics offer flexible financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES

If you are considering having dental implants, but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your dentist, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans that will allow you to achieve the smile you desire.

Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?

Ideal candidates for dental implants are non-smokers who are in good physical health. Other medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and immunosuppressive conditions, may also mean that you are not a suitable candidate for dental implants as these conditions can impede healing and increase the chance of implant rejection.

Suitable candidates for dental implants must have sufficient bone in good condition in the area where the implant will be placed. Root form implants rely on osseo-integration, the process by which the titanium implant fuses with the living bone, anchoring the implant into place, to be successful. This is only possible if there is enough healthy bone at the implant site. However, in some cases bone can be grafted onto the site from another part of the body, from a human donor, an animal or using artificial bone.

Dental Implants Definition

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically implanted into a pre-drilled hole in the patient’s jawbone to hold a replacement tooth (crown), bridge or denture in place. Titanium fuses naturally with the bone tissue to form a strong, long-lasting support for the crown, bridge or denture.

What is a Dental Implant Procedure?

People lose teeth all the time, whether through trauma, poor dental hygiene, decay, gum disease or old age. Teeth need to be replaced for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Dentures or a fixed bridge have most commonly been used to replace missing teeth, however, dental implants are now becoming a more popular treatment. Dental implants provide patients with a longer term solution that also slows down bone loss and does not involve adjacent healthy teeth in the construction of a bridge. Other advantages are that dental implants eliminate the need for removable dentures and offer greater durability for dentures which improves speech, appearance and the chewing function.

If you lose a tooth, the bone around the area where your tooth used to be slowly disappears (atrophy), which can alter the shape of your jaw and can make your face appear older as the area around the mouth can begin to sag as bone atrophy occurs. A dental implant fitted in the root hole can stimulate bone growth and production, due to the material used, which halts the loss of the bone structure. Some patients with substantial bone loss may need a bone graft before the implant is placed in the jawbone. This bone graft can be taken from your own tissue (autografts), from another human donor (allografts), from animal tissue (xenografts), or using synthetic material (alloplastic grafts).

The number of dental implants needed depends on the needs of the individual and your dental implant surgeon can advise you on the most appropriate treatment for you after examining you.

There are many types of dental implants available, each designed for a specific function. Most are made of titanium, which is most effective at fusing with living bone. The types available include:

  1. Root form implants – these dental implants are the closest is shape and size to the natural tooth root and are commonly used in wide, deep bone to provide a base for replacement of one, several or a complete row of teeth.
  2. Plate form implants – this type of dental implant is usually used when the bone is too narrow for a root form implant and/or if the area is not suitable for bone grafting. Plate form implants have a long, flat shape to allow them to fit comfortably in a narrow jawbone.
  3. Subperiosteal implants – if the patient does not have enough bone width or height for either the root form implant or plate form implant, the subperiosteal implant may be recommended. The subperiosteal implant is custom made from a model of your jawbone and is designed to fit on top of the bone, and under the gums.

When the dental implant has been placed it is left to heal and integrate with the jawbone for six weeks to six months. During this time patients are given temporary teeth (bridges) or can continue to wear dentures. When the healing has completed, the gum is lifted again and a post is attached to the implant with a temporary crown. Four to six weeks the final permanent crown can be fitted to the implant.

Once the dental implant operation is complete and the dental implants are integrated fully into your jaw, they perform just as well as your normal teeth. You will be able to eat any food you want with confidence, your speech will be clear and you will have the confidence that comes from knowing that the dental implants cannot fall out or come loss, unlike normal removable dentures. You don’t need to clean your dental implants in a special way, unlike bridges and dentures, and they just need brushing and flossing along with regular dental hygiene appointments, just like your own teeth.

When done correctly, dental implants blend naturally in appearance and function with your own teeth. They provide an enhanced cosmetic and functional end result compared to loose dentures or bridges.

Before you have dental implants your dentist will assess the health of your teeth and gums. If gum disease or decay is present, these conditions will be treated first. Bone quality and the anatomical structure of your mouth area are checked using x-rays and, in certain cases, a CT scan.

The dental implant procedure is usually carried out under local anesthesia, sometimes combined with IV sedation depending on the extent of the dental implant procedure and if the patient is overly anxious.  

How are Dental Implants done?

Your dental implant surgeon will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth using x-rays and possibly CT scans to determine the condition of the bone and anatomical structures in and around the area(s) to be treated with dental implants. When the results of these investigations are known, the treatment is planned.

The dental implant procedure is carried out either under local anesthetic or local anesthesia combined with IV sedation. This depends on the extent of the dental implant treatment and how anxious the patient is about the dental implant procedure. The implant procedure takes between 30 minutes and four hours, depending on the complexity of the dental implant operation.

After administering the anesthesia, dental implant dentist exposes an area of your jawbone and prepares the bone for the implant, repeating the process depending on the number of dental implants needed by the patient. The titanium fixture (like a screw) is set into the bone and the gums are then closed with stitches.

After the dental implant procedure, the bone will feel sore and the surrounding gums will be swollen and tender. The pain you may feel after the dental implant treatment can be lessened by taking pain medication. Any discomfort should subside within the first week.

The bone where the dental implant has been fitted takes between six weeks and six months to heal completely. During the healing period, when the titanium implant fully integrates into the bone (osseo-integration), you may need to wear a temporary tooth (or teeth) replacement. The patient then returns to the dental implant surgeon and the treated area is uncovered and an implant crown or denture is attached, to give you the smile you have always wanted and improved tooth function.

Questions to ask a Dentist about Dental Implants

Here is an essential check list of questions you may want to ask your perfectyourself.com dental professional:

  1. Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. How long will the procedure take?
  4. What kind of anesthesia or pain relief is used?
  5. What is your experience in performing dental implants?
  6. Can I see your qualifications?
  7. Ask to see any dental implants before and after photographs of recent procedures?
  8. What percentages of your dental implants patients have had significant post-treatment complications?
  9. How much will my dental implants cost?
  10. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  11. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  12. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  13. What is the recovery and healing period for dental implants? When can I resume full normal activity?
  14. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended
  15. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)

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