What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a biologically compatible metal fixture usually made of pure titanium, which is placed into the jaw bone to replace a single missing tooth or many teeth. They function as an artificial tooth root, on top of which can be restored with a dental crown, bridge or denture. Dental implants can mimic the look, feel and function of natural teeth providing a great alternative to dentures and bridges.
What is the procedure?
Dental implants are generally done in two stages. The first stage involves the placement of the implant by a periodontist or implant specialist. It is left in place for two to four months to allow it to integrate (permanently attach) with the surrounding bone. The second stage involves the placement of a crown, bridge or denture over the implant. If required, we can construct an interim or temporary denture in between stages so you are not left with any gap(s).
Am I a suitable candidate?
Dental implants are suitable for most people that are medically, and dentally fit. At a consultation, we (and the periodontist or implant specialist) will assess the condition of your teeth, bone, and dental hygiene to ensure you are a suitable candidate.
How long will they last?
Like your natural teeth, if you care for them and maintain proper oral hygiene, it can last almost a lifetime. The crown, bridge or denture that sits over the implant can last for 12 to 25 years on average, depending on the material used, and more importantly, how well you look after them.
How much does it cost?
The cost of dental implants varies between individuals, as not all scenarios are the same. There are many factors that determine the complexity of placing and restoring a dental implant. Following a consultation, we (and the periodontist or implant specialist) will provide you with a written estimate. To give you some idea, the total cost of restoring a simple missing tooth with an implant supported crown is approximately $5500.