If you are missing a tooth, you know how much it can affect your daily life. Missing teeth can cause you to have difficulty eating and chewing properly and can alter your overall appearance. Luckily, dental technology has advanced, and your dentist is now able to offer a dental restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth, dental implants.
The decision to replace missing teeth with dental implants is an excellent investment in your oral health and appearance. Dental implants are now the standard of care for missing teeth. Better than crown and bridge, they look, feel and function like natural teeth and can be more cost-effective over time. They also help prevent bone loss caused by missing tooth roots and do not require adjacent teeth to be ground down.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots. The dental implant will be placed into your jawbone, like the roots of your existing teeth, and will bond to the bone. Your dentist will then be able to place a natural-looking dental crown over the dental implant, completing the restoration.
With the dental implant in place, you will be able to chew in a way that is nearly identical to how natural teeth function. Dental implants provide more stability and comfort than other forms of tooth replacement and can help prevent the bone loss that can occur naturally from missing teeth.
If you have missing teeth and want to know if dental implants are right for you, contact our offices today and schedule a consultation with our team.
Why Tooth Loss Matters
The most obvious reason why tooth loss matters is that it can affect the appearance and attractiveness of your face. The reality is that missing teeth can have several serious health consequences such as bone loss, shifting teeth, bite changes, and complications in the jaw joint. The gaps in your teeth can also make eating and speaking difficult and lead to premature wear of your remaining healthy teeth. If you are concerned about missing teeth, book an appointment at your local dental clinic, and speak to your dentist about implant options.
Dental Implants vs. Bridges
Dental implants have several advantages over bridges. Implants replace missing teeth so you can eat, chew, speak, and smile without discomfort or embarrassment. Implants are also designed to mimic the shape, colour, and feel of your natural teeth. The materials used to make implants are built to last a long time. With proper oral care and hygiene, implants can last as long as your natural teeth. Where bridges do not fill the hole beneath your gums, implants function as a natural tooth root to help prevent shifting, gum degradation, and other dental issues associated with bone loss.
Dental Implant Procedure
- Diagnosis & Planning – Your oral health team will plan your case and discuss different treatment options with you.
- Implant Placement – Your implant dentist will place the implant under local or general anaesthesia.
- Temporary Restoration – If the implant is in a visible area, a temporary restoration may be placed while the site heals.
- Healing Phase – The bone around the implant grows and integrates with the implant surface during the healing phase, which will last between three weeks and a few months depending in the implant type and location.
- Placement of Implant Abutment – Once healing is complete, your dentist will place the final abutment, a small piece that connects the implant to the crown. An impression of the implant site will also be taken to create the crown, bridge or denture.
- The final crown is returned from the lab and will be placed by your dentist.
Why Choose Altima?
Our unique team approach is our major distinction. We take advantage of having different specialists on board to take the best care of your teeth.
Excellent experience and training:
With over thousands of crowns and veneers and other aesthetic treatments performed, our doctors are highly trained and experienced to perform extensive treatments as well as cosmetic procedures.
Implants are done from start to finish as well as the surgery to place them at our office. No need to visit multiple dental offices or labs.
Our patients are very important to us; therefore we have utilized the latest version of digital x-ray equipment in order to reduce x-ray exposure to our patients.
Care for the environment:
We choose to be environment friendly with our paperless system and mercury amalgam free office.
Payment Plan & Financing Options
Altima Dental is proud to offer our patients a 0% interest payment plan so our patients can get the treatment they need, when they need it. Visit this page for more info on our 0% Payment Plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Am I a Suitable Candidate for Implants?
You are a suitable candidate for getting dental implants if you have one or more teeth missing in your mouth, have satisfactory physical and dental health, and you are not suffering from any chronic medical or dental illness. You may not be eligible for getting dental implants, if you are suffering from any systemic illness, pathology of the bones, or have any problems related to your heart, kidney or liver.
2. How Long is the Entire Procedure?
A dental implant is not a one-step process. Between waiting for your jaw bones to heal, scheduling visits to your dentist, and creating your crowns, the entire process generally takes 6-8 months to complete.
3. Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Dental implants represent one of the biggest advances in dentistry and have an overall success rate of about 95%. While every patient and implant case is different, many patients report minimal or no pain during the procedure.
4. How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
The question of what dental implants cost is always one of the first to come up when discussing the topic. The cost of dental implants varies based on the complexity of the procedure, how many implants are needed, and the type of prosthetic tooth used. In the long run, over multiple years, implants can be the most cost-effective solution to missing teeth. At Altima Dental, we offer an affordable dental implant payment plan, with 0% interest dental financing made available through PayBright. We will also provide a dental implant quote that includes all cost factors, which can also include bone grafting and other necessary procedures.
5. Do I Have Dental Implant Insurance Coverage?
Some dental insurance plans will cover implants. Refer to your information package provided by your insurance company or call their customer service line. Alternately, our friendly receptionist can help determine your dental implant insurance coverage.
6. How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your implants to last a lifetime. However, the service life of an implant mainly depends upon your own oral hygiene maintenance. The better your oral health and hygiene, the longer will your implants last.
7. How Can I Look After My Dental Implants?
The most important requirement for the care of your dental implants, is to look after your oral health. You should consider your implants as your natural teeth, and brush and floss them regularly, as you should do for your natural teeth. In addition, you should take special care of the gums surrounding the dental implants, as, one of the major reasons of failure of an implant is gum and periodontal infections (peri-implantitis).
8. Will I ever be without teeth during the implant process?
After implant surgery, the gums and mouth need time to heal before a crown or prosthetic tooth is placed. You are still able to use a denture during the healing period and we can always make provisions to have temporary teeth made. In some cases where dentures are worn, we ask patients to wear their dentures part-time if possible, during the initial healing period (3-14 days).
9. Will I have enough bone to be able to place the implant?
Although an exam, radiograph, or CT scan may be necessary to evaluate the amount of bone present, most patients have enough bone for the placement of implants. The longer a person has been missing teeth, the greater the amount of bone loss or atrophy that will have occurred. Sometimes insufficient bone will require the placement of a bone graft before implants are placed.
10. Does having gum disease (periodontal disease) affect my ability to get implants?
Depending on how severe it is and how well it has been controlled, gum disease can be a factor when having implants placed since it can lead to infection and implant failure. When possible, it’s typically better to address the gum disease and establish a good oral hygiene routine first, then proceed with the placement of implants.