What Is A Dental Implant?
When an entire tooth is missing, it can be replaced with a dental implant. A dental implant is a tiny screw made of titanium or ceramic that’s surgically implanted in the jawbone in place of a missing tooth. A dental crown is placed on the implant to create a new, functional tooth.
Getting an implant might seem a little scary if you’ve never had one before. It’s good to research and find out what you can expect from this very common and highly successful treatment option to replace missing teeth. Keep reading. We’re here to answer the most commonly asked questions about getting dental implants!
Do I Need A Dental Implant?
Teeth provide structure and shape to the face in addition to being critical to chewing, speaking, and smiling!
If you’re missing even one tooth (with the exception of wisdom teeth), your other teeth can move out of their correct position, changing the overall structure and function of your bite. This might not seem like a big deal, but it can actually be the beginning of a chain of events that can negatively affect your overall health.
If a missing tooth is not replaced, then the bone that once supported the tooth will begin to break down. If there are several missing teeth, this can give the face a sunken appearance. Several missing teeth can also create a challenge to chewing nutritious food, which is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Dental implants have the look and feel of natural teeth. Teeth are critical to maintaining good overall health. If you have one or more missing teeth, ask us if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
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Dental Implants: Restoring Teeth and Confidence
It’s emotionally difficult to lose an adult tooth. A missing tooth might make you feel like you can’t speak up or laugh out loud for fear of an embarrassing gap in your smile. Aside from the emotional trauma of losing one or more teeth, it can really make a difference in what you choose to eat or how you care for the rest of your teeth. Having healthy, stable teeth is a necessary part of having good overall health. Here are just a few benefits of replacing a missing tooth with an implant:
- A natural look – Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. They look natural and they feel natural. You’ll be able to chew anything you like. They’re easy to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and they’re custom-made to match the rest of your teeth. Nobody has to know you have an implant.
- Strength and durability – An implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone. During the healing process, osseointegration occurs. This means that your bone actually fuses with the implant. This makes for a very stable new “tooth root”. A crown or bridge is permanently fixed to the implant using an abutment. Now your new dental implant is as strong and stable as a healthy natural tooth. With good hygiene, the dental implant can last your lifetime.
- Preservation of bone – Once an implant is in place, as long as good hygiene is followed, the bone will remain strong and healthy in that area. Your face and jawbone will retain their shape and structure.
Dental implants are a solution for life. With proper care, you’ll feel like you never lost a tooth in the first place.
The Finished Product: Implant Restorations
The implant is the screw that integrates into the jaw bone. The restoration is what goes on top and looks and functions like a tooth. It’s the part you can actually see when you look in your mouth. Restorations for dental implants are usually a single crown, but can also be a bridge if you’re spanning a space where several teeth are missing. In cases where all of the teeth are missing, a denture can be affixed to implants to create an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
- Dental Crown – The most common implant restoration, it covers a single-tooth implant. It’s possible to have two or more single implants with crowns in a row.
- Implant-supported Dental Bridge – A bridge spans the space where three or more teeth in a row are missing. This is a way to replace several teeth with just one or two implants supporting a dental bridge.
- Implant Denture – Implants can be used to support a full denture. The denture can either be removable by snapping on and off of the implant, or it can be permanently fixed to the implants. Usually, two to four implants can support an entire upper or lower denture.
Enjoy A New Smile With Dental Implants!
You’ll be amazed at how great dental implants look and feel.
Dental implants are easy to maintain and care for. Gently brush and floss your implant daily and protect it from injury while playing sports. Visit us periodically for checkups so that we can make sure your implant is staying healthy.
When cared for properly, dental implants can give you a lifetime of smiles!
What Does It Feel Like to Get a Dental Implant?
The procedure for having a dental implant placed is likely easier and more comfortable than you’d guess.
You’ll be completely numb in the area where the implant is placed, so the procedure itself isn’t painful. The dentist uses a surgical guide to accurately create a small hole in the jawbone and place the implant. The gum tissue heals quickly around the incision site.
As the healing begins in your bone, you might experience mild swelling, discomfort, and possibly light bruising after the procedure. The pain is mild and quite manageable, however. We’ll give you specific instructions for how to care for the site and minimize discomfort before the anesthetic wears off. The implant site should start feeling better within a week.
Did you know that dental implants have a success rate of nearly 95%? Chances are you know someone with a dental implant. It’s one of the safest and most predictable dental procedures!
Getting a Dental Implant: What to Expect
The process of having a dental implant placed is straightforward and predictable. Here’s what you can expect:
Consultation and Planning
Your dentist first will determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants. If you are, then x-rays and imaging will be necessary to plan the correct placement of the implant. We’ll go over the cost and timeline with you before scheduling the procedure.
On the day of your placement appointment, the doctor will make sure the surgical is completely numb. The numbing is the same as when you have a filling or other dental work done. Your doctor will create a small hole in the site where the implant will go and using a surgical guide, place the implant in the bone. The tissue is then closed over the top of the implant and you’re done! Healing of the soft gum tissue at the surgical site is quick. You shouldn’t feel discomfort beyond a week or so.
Your New Tooth
Over the next few months, the bone will be healing. This part isn’t painful, your body just needs time for the bone to fuse to the implant. Once osseointegration has occurred, you’ll come in and be fitted for a new crown or bridge that matches the other teeth in your mouth. The doctor will attach an abutment to the implant, and then your new crown will be seated on the abutment. The day you have your new crown placed, you can chew on it, just like a natural tooth!
Dr. Ahmed Ameen Al-Obaidi (Dr. Ameen)
Your Dental Implants General Dentist
Dr. Ameen has recently been published in the International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences where the purpose of the study is to provide accurate data of not only the stability of dental implants but also the healing stages of the bone around the implant that occurs during osteointegration.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost In Hamilton?
In Hamilton, a single implant will cost approximately $3,000 – $6,000+. A full-mouth reconstruction using dental implants can vary widely, ranging from $6,000 to $60,000* and up. A full set of implant-supported dentures (upper and lower) is approximately $30,000. This is an investment for life and for your health. We’ll make sure you know how to properly care for your implants so that you can preserve and enjoy your investment.
*No dental practice can provide you with an exact quote without seeing you for an exam. The dental implant procedure is complex. Many factors go into determining the treatment plan.
Here are some important factors we consider when creating your treatment plan:
- How many implants you need.
- What other treatment might be needed to make the site ready for surgery.
- The specific materials recommended for you.
- The complexity of the surgery.
- Your recovery time and any potential complications.
Every person and every case is unique! Speaking with the dentist and asking questions is the best way to make sure your needs will be met and an accurate treatment plan is created. Come in and talk to us about your wants and needs. We’re happy to provide you with all treatment options and answer your questions!
What other options are there to replace missing teeth?
Gaps caused by 1 to 3 missing teeth can often be restored with a dental bridge. Several missing teeth or all teeth missing may be repaired with a dental prosthetic (a partial denture) or removable full dentures. When comparing the cost of dental implants to other options, consider the pros and cons of each.
Dental implants might be more expensive upfront, but they’re a very durable and long-lasting solution when cared for properly. Bridges can last many years, but almost always need to be replaced at some point. Removable partial and full dentures require different care and maintenance. They likely need adjusting or replacement as you age. Well-cared-for implants can actually save you time and money in the long run if they never need to be replaced.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely no one ever has to know that your implants are not your natural teeth. Dental implants are made of metal screws, but these are hidden beneath your gums and covered with lifelike restorations that blend in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Dentures and implants are not the same thing and they function in very different ways. Dentures rest on top of your gums and press down on the underlying bone tissue. Implants strengthen your bite because they are fixed well below your gums. Both tooth replacement options have unique pros and cons. We recommend that you visit us in person to find out which treatment is best for you.
For patients who are not good candidates for dental implants, dental bridges and full or partial dentures may be the best option for replacing missing teeth. The best way to find out what solutions exist for your specific needs is to call and book an appointment. We would be happy to discuss all your options and answer any specific questions you may have.
To get an implant you must be an adult and have good general oral health. Your jawbone must be strong enough to support a new implant and other supporting tissues, like your gums, must be healthy to reduce the risk of complications. If you’re concerned that you might not be a viable candidate, give us a call to find out for sure. There are usually treatment options available to restore your oral health with the ultimate goal of getting a dental implant and there are often alternative solutions to replacing missing teeth.
Yes! Your dental implant may be topped by a crown, a bridge or implant-supported dentures that will always be custom made to make you feel comfortable. That means your custom-made teeth are shaped and coloured to match your existing teeth and bite. Patients often have difficulty distinguishing their natural teeth from their beautiful new dental implants.
The science of dental implants has evolved so rapidly from its early days that it is now a very predictable and relatively pain-free procedure. The dental implant procedure is completed with such care and precision you’ll experience as little discomfort as possible. With proper aftercare, you can expect minimal swelling and almost no bleeding. Your physical and emotional health are both important to us. If you feel anxious about visiting us for any reason, please let us know.
In most cases, you can return to work the day after your implant surgery. Once we know exactly what your treatment will entail, we can give you a much more accurate time estimate and can let you know in advance if you should clear your schedule for longer. We always discuss all post-operative care instructions with you.
The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They need to be professionally cleaned and examined routinely, just like your natural teeth. We usually recommend a check-up approximately every 6 months but may recommend check-ups more or less often depending on your specific requirements.
Care for your dental implants like a natural tooth. Regular brushing & flossing, cleanings and checkups and letting your doctor know if you have any problems.
No, implants do not need to be routinely replaced. Once you get a dental implant, it is meant to stay with you for a very long time.