Conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Implants are placed into the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.
The Advantages of Implants:
After implants are placed, they fuse to your bone. Thus, implants provide very stable support. Dentures, bridges or individual teeth mounted on implants won't slip or shift in your mouth - an especially important benefit when eating and speaking.
- Natural feel and look
Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural.
Some people also find the secure fit of implant-supported dentures or bridges more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implants; patients must be in overall good health and committed to keeping their new smile healthy with meticulous oral hygiene.
How long will the treatment take?
The placement process, i.e. implant surgery usually takes less than an hour. However, it is essential for the bone to heal by fusing with the dental implant, a process known as osseointegration. This healing phase can take about 3-6months before the restoration of missing teeth can take place.
How many times do I need to go to the dentist?
Implant treatment can sometimes involve several dentists. For example, you may need an oral surgeon to place the implant and another dentist to make the crown, bridge or denture. A thorough examination and diagnosis is essential for the success of the treatment. You would also need to take some x-rays to determine whether there is enough bone for the implant placement. At a minimum, you may need to visit the dentist 5 times.
How much would it cost me?
Dental implants generally range between $3500 - $6000 each depending on the complexity of the case. Consult your dentist for the exact cost of treatment.
Is it worthwhile to spend so much for an implant?
Most people feel the investment is worthwhile and find dental implants to be the next best thing to their natural teeth and smile.