Dental implants look like a type of screw and replace the roots of a tooth. The implant helps to keep a new tooth or dental prosthesis (fixed or removeable) in place. These implants are made from titanium or titanium alloys because titanium, unlike other metals, is more readily accepted by the body’s immune system and will not cause infection or other reactions.
Even though it is a leading edge technology, implants have been used in dentistry since the 1970s. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million Americans have dental implants and with its accelerated adoption, that number is growing by 500,000 a year.
Implants in modern dentistry
Dental implants are used in many ways nowadays:
- To support a crown when a single tooth is lost;
- To support a bridge when many teeth have fallen;
- To support a complete fixed denture;
- To support a complete removable denture;
- To stabilize a denture that moves too much.
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Bone loss and premature aging
Losing one or more of your teeth starts a chain of events that can have dire physical and cosmetic consequences. One of the less obvious problem is bone loss.
When chewing food, the root of the teeth stimulates the jawbone. When a tooth is lost and is not replaced by an implant, the bone stimulation ceases and the bone mass decreases gradually. Over time, bone loss modifies the shape of the face and the following changes are observed:
- The distance between the chin and the tip of the nose is reduced;
- The chin appears to move forward;
- Decreased facial muscle tone;
- The lips get thinner.
Cost of dental implants
The cost of dental implants depends on many factors but is usually in the thousands of dollars. Fortunately, one part may be covered by your dental insurance and the rest is a valid medical expense for tax purposes. In order to help you with this expense, various dental financing plans are available.
The cost of the dental treatment involving implants depend on the treatment plan and on the number of implants required. It usually includes the following elements:
- Oral exam and consultation;
- Panoramic radiography or 3D;
- Bone graft, if required;
- Treatment planning and production of surgical guides, if required;
- operating room preparation and implant installation;
- manufacture and installation of crowns, dentures, bridges, etc.;
- post-operation follow-up.
Winning conditions for the use of dental implants
- Implants are generally limited to adults as in adolescence, the growth of the jaws and teeth is incomplete;
- The volume of jawbone where the implant will be placed must be sufficient. Otherwise, a bone graft may be required;
- The patient must be healthy.
- The anatomy of the jaws must allow the placement of the implants with adequate depth and angulation.
Why choose us for your dental implants
Here are 3 good reasons to choose us for your dental implant treatment:
- The implant must be inserted very accurately into the jawbone. On site, we have 3D X-ray technology to helps us precisely insert your implants while minimizing the risk of error.
- Two of our dentists have advanced training in implantology and are Fellow of the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists).
- We offer on site denturology services.
For further information
If you think dental implants can improve your quality of life, do not hesitate to talk to your dentist. He will help you make the right decision. You may also visit the following websites: