Dental Implants - Replacing Missing Teeth
If one or more of your teeth are missing, there are a number of ways to replace them. An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are comfortable and look like natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium alloy. It is inserted into the jaw to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
Who can get dental implants?
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to rebuild your jaw to the way it used to be.
Are they expensive?
Initially, you may feel dental implants are expensive. However, they represent a more permanent and natural solution than dentures and bridges. Thus, there is a greater initial investment but because they have to replaced less often, they tend to cost less over time than the older ways of replacing teeth. They should last for many years, in fact a well placed and well maintained dental implant may even last the lifetime of the patient. Independent surveys of implant patients show that they feel the investment was worth it and they would do it again!
I can get it done cheaper somewhere else.
Many prospective dental implant patients gravitate towards dental offices offering a “Special” or advertising “The Lowest Dental Implant cost!” While we all love a good deal, it’s important to remember, that this is surgery. The quality of the surgery should always set precedence over price. In fact, more times than not, choosing price over quality ends up costing you more in the long run. Not just financially, but emotionally as well. A failed surgery often results in a permanent esthetic and functional compromise.
A good portion of our business is devoted to implant revision or replacement surgery (repairing the work performed at other offices). In these cases, many of the patients were lured by cost and a great presentation. We urge you to do as much research as possible when selecting your dental implant surgeon.
What else should I know?
- Several visits may be needed until the process is done.
- Checkups will be scheduled during the following year so your dentist can be sure your implants are working properly.
- Implant dentistry is not yet a recognized specialty in British Columbia. There are no implant specialists.
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