Do you feel self-conscious about missing teeth? Can’t eat the type of foods you want? Then maybe it’s time to consider permanent solutions, like dental implants. They’re designed to provide a durable and comfortable foundation for replacement teeth which both function and feel natural.
However, given the relative complexity of their installation, many people have concerns and questions. That’s why the experts at our Richmond Hill clinic have taken this opportunity to answer some frequently asked questions about dental implants to help you understand them better.
While we might not be able to address all your concerns in detail, here’s an overview for individuals unfamiliar with dental implants.
This is an artificial root made using metal anchored into the jawbone and gum to hold in place a replacement tooth or bridge. The complete implant is made with titanium alloys and bone-like ceramics compatible with human tissue. There are three distinct parts to an implant: the ceramic crown which mimics natural teeth; the abutment which attaches the screw to the crown; and the screw which enters the root and bonds the crown to the jawbone.
Typically, anyone between 20 and 70 can get implants.
Typically, the cost varies based on how many teeth you need replaced and your dentist’s experience. Dental implants are generally not covered by insurance in Canada, although certain insurance companies offer coverage. The final cost depends on your needs, the area of your mouth that requires the implant and the bone density. Your dentist will assess you based on your unique requirements.
Our team will thoroughly examine your dental health to determine whether your suitability. Sufficient bone density and good overall health are both needed, although we will suggest the best treatment based on your assessment.
First, your dentist will use various methods, including CT scans and X-rays, to determine whether dental implants are a suitable option. Since the procedure is a form of oral surgery, patients are generally sedated.
During the operation, the gum tissue above the jawbone is opened and a small hole drilled. A screw is then carefully placed into the hole and the gum tissue stitched back into place. This typically takes a few months to heal completely, during which time the implant bonds to the gums and bone. In the second stage, an abutment is attached to the implant. Once this is done, a replacement tooth is attached to the abutment using a small screw and special dental cement. This process can take a few appointments. If a patient is missing more than one tooth, a bridge might be used for gaps between the implants.
Dental implants are made to mimic natural teeth so require the same care and maintenance to ensure they last. Your dentist will most likely schedule follow-up appointments to ensure the implant is performing properly.
Like any other minor oral surgical procedure, implants pose the risk of inflammation, pain and infection. Your dentist will discuss how to manage these. If the bone structure is absent altogether, gum and bone grafting procedure might be required, which can result in the treatment being more expensive. But remember, it’s an investment that will surely pay off.
Dental implants are the most advanced way to replace missing teeth. Hopefully, this post has cleared up some of your questions about dental implants to help you make a more informed choice. When looked after properly, implants can last a lifetime, ensuring increased self-confidence and overall well-being.