Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial roots made of titanium. It is placed in the jawbone, which acts as an anchorage for the artificial tooth replacement namely crown.
Are you a candidate to get dental implants?
If you are in good health, have healthy gums and bone then the implant procedure would be very straightforward. If you have lost significant amount of bone as a result of gum disease and/or due to loss of tooth for a prolonged period of time then there might be a need for bone grafting. Bone grafting procedure is a method of adding more bone to your jawbone.
What does implant procedure entail?
The dentist requires a set of x-rays to confirm the type and size of an implant as well as the location of vital structures. That may require obtaining a Cone Beam CT (CBCT). The patients also need a preliminary impression of your jaws to select the appropriate size of the replacement tooth (crown). After completing the due diligence, the first stage of the surgery is done where an implant is placed into the jawbones. A few months have to be allocated for optimum healing of the gums and integration of implant to jawbone.
After healing of the first stage, the second stage of the treatment begins where we place a post (called abutment) that connects the implant to the replacement tooth. The replacement tooth is made by dental laboratories and might require a couple of visits to the dental office for it to be fabricated.
Does dental implant procedure hurt?
The procedure must and will be completely painless. Patients might experience some discomfort after the procedure but the appropriate postoperative analgesics and antibiotics will be given to properly manage the situation.
When can I go back to work?
Most patients can go back to work the day after. We recommend patients to take off the day after the surgery.
How much do implants cost?
Since every case is different we have to do an assessment first. At the consultation appointment (free of charge), we could go through the details of the procedure. After the consultation appointment, we will book you back for a pre op appointment where we can get impressions and x-rays to determine the cost. This appointment will be $200 and is covered by most dental insurances and will be deducted from the treatment plan if you decide to go ahead with the treatment
For more information on Dental Implants in Ajax, ON, call Ajax Dental Centre at (905) 426-8304 today!