If you are missing multiple teeth, they can be replaced by an implant-supported bridge. Many patients and clinicians prefer dental implants over a conventional bridge or removeable partial denture because they provide optimal comfort and chewing function for the long term.
What are the advantages of an implant-supported bridge?
- Look and feel like your natural teeth
- Optimal comfort and chewing function
- Helps keep bone intact
Dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement solution that look, feel and act like your natural teeth. They can replace multiple teeth without support from other teeth. A bridge would otherwise need to be cemented to neighboring teeth, which requires the removal of tooth structure.
An implant-supported bridge will replace both your missing teeth and some of the roots. This provides excellent stability for chewing and helps keep your bone and face structure intact. Gums and bone will recede around a conventional bridge or removable partial denture over time. This can leave a visible defect in your smile and cause the face to appear sunken.
By choosing dental implants, you won’t need to worry about securing your denture to the gums or having it come loose when you eat or talk. You will be able to clean them like your natural teeth, and you can return to eating all foods – even apples and corn on the cob!
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Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are an excellent option, no matter your age. If you are healthy enough to get a tooth extracted, you can have an implant placed. In fact, dentists will sometimes place implants immediately after extraction.
Some health conditions and medications, including tobacco use, can lower implant success rate. Your dentist will assess your suitability for dental implants at your consultation and take X-rays or a CBCT scan to make sure you have adequate bone levels. In cases of decreased bone height or bone thickness they may recommend bone grafting.
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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.