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How do dental implants work?A dental implant is a prosthetic device that is inserted into the jawbone, which serves as a replacement for the root of a natural tooth. The implant is the first part of a two-part prosthesis. The crown is a separate metal-ceramic structure that mimics a natural tooth crown in both appearance and function, and is attached to the implant.
What are the benefits of a dental implant?A dental implant is the most comfortable and permanent solution for replacing a missing tooth. Unlike a bridge, healthy tooth structure does not have to be removed to accommodate an implant. Unlike most bridges, an implant can last a lifetime. A good candidate for a dental implant is anyone who is missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures . Although age is not a factor, conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, and a history of radiation therapy to the jawbone have been shown to lower the success rate of implant treatment. Habits such as smoking will also negatively affect treatment success. X-rays of the jaw will help the dentist determine if the supporting jawbone is of sufficient dimension to accommodate an implant.
Dental implant alternatives1. Fixed Bridge A fixed bridge is the best alternative treatment option to an implant. Similar to an implant, a bridge is not removed at night or in between meals. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) held in place over-top the missing tooth area by being connected to crowns that are cemented on the neighbouring abutment teeth. Neighbouring teeth require preparation, or removal of natural, healthy tooth structure in order to accommodate the crowns. 2. Removable Denture A removable denture is a cost-effective and functional replacement for missing teeth. It is held in place by wire clips. Denture teeth are usually plastic. Denture framework may be either plastic or metallic. Metallic framework is thinner, lighter, and more durable. The drawback with dentures is that they must be removed at night, and as required after meals to be cleaned, which can be inconvenient. 3. Complete Denture - Implant Supported - Bar Attachment A bar attachment denture is a modern solution that has transformed the way dentists plan the replacement of a full arch of missing teeth. Four or six dental implants are first installed. A standard removable denture may be worn over-top as the implants heal underneath. When healing is complete, a custom-fit support bar is then attached to the implants. The final denture rests both on top of the gum tissue (ridge), as well as on the support bar. This dual-support solution provides excellent stability of the denture. When this solution is used for upper dentures, coverage of the palate is no longer required. This type of denture feels more natural. It will also allow you to fully taste your food and have a better sense of its temperature. You will need to see your dentist for periodic visits to adjust and maintain the denture. The bar attachment denture is a hygienic solution. The denture can be removed to allow easy cleaning and maintenance of the support bar. 3. No replacement If a missing tooth is not replaced, there is a chance that neighbouring teeth will drift into the empty space. Your bite may become altered as a result of this tooth movement. Treatment becomes more difficult the longer time passes. Orthodontic treatment may be necessary to reposition the teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?The cost of dental implants generally range from just under $2000 to over $4000. The reason for the range is because an initial exam needs to be done with a treatment plan to ensure a dental implant is the right solution and depending on the situation, there may be bone grafting involved. Just like like other major surgeries that impact your health and appearance, you want to make sure if you're investing in the right solution not solely based on price. Book an initial exam with us to understand if dental implants are the right choice for you and from there you can make an informed decision on next steps that fit your needs.
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