Dental implants are "artificial tooth roots" that are placed into your jawbone. They can then be used as the supporting foundation for crowns, bridges, dentures or even a complete bite reconstruction! Dental implants and the supported restorations look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Benefits
- The most natural way to replace missing teeth
- No damage to / involvement of adjacent teeth
- They look and function like natural teeth
- A very stable and permanent structure (based on the phenomenon of Osseointegration)
Dental Implant Options
Conventional implants are placed in areas where the natural teeth have been lost more than six months previously.
Computer Guided Implants
Computer guided implants allow for your implant, abutment and final crown to be placed in one session, making them known as “teeth-in-a-day”. They are based on a CT scan which allows for the implants to be placed “virtually” in the ideal position in our computerized model. From this a surgical guide is made that allows the placement of single or multiple implants with minimally invasive surgery. We have had patients with multiple implants placed who have gone right back to work or golf, though we do recommend our patients take a break.
Immediate dental implants are placed at the same appointment that the defective tooth is removed. The space created by removing the root of the original tooth is modified to accommodate the titanium implant, and the implant is then placed “immediately.”
How long is the process?
This can vary from 2 weeks to 9 months. Depending on the quality of the bone, we may be able to place the implant on the same day, or we may need to wait a few weeks or months. Please come in for your free consultation to determine the answer for your particular situation.
How long is the recovery process?
It takes one to two weeks for the gums to heal and several months for the bone to fully integrate with the implant. The final restoration can often be placed in as little as a few weeks, but in some situations, we may want to wait for more healing. All details, timelines and expectations pertinent to your situation will be discussed during the consultation phase. Some patients return to work the same day, although, we do suggest a day of lighter activities.
Why Vitality Dentistry?
Dr. Raj Singh was one of the first General Dentist's trained in the field of Dental Implants. He completed a full year mini-residency at the University of Toronto and has been placing dental implants since 1995 for all different types of implants for all different situations. He also performs both the surgical and restorative aspects of implants, eliminating the need to see anyone else to complete your treatment.
Nobel Biocare was the original developer of dental implants. Though not the cheapest, we use their products exclusively because they are the largest company worldwide. Nobel Biocare has the most research and development in the field, and provide the complete range of implant solutions.
Dental Implant Cost
The first question that we are asked in regards to dental implants is “How much do they cost?” by continuing to read below, we hope that you are able to gain an understanding of dental implant costs as there are many variables that affect the price of dental implants. Depending who you speak with you will likely receive a large range of prices. This may not help you in making a decision. Asking about the cost of an implant is like asking about the cost of a pair of shoes or any other commodity that we buy on a daily basis. Like anything else, there is a large range of implants available, and varying degrees of quality and usability.
If we may use the analogy an implant is like a post used to support a building or any other structure. Finding out how much a post costs will not tell you what the cost of the final structure is going to be. You will often find places that will quote you a low cost on the implant and then be surprised to find that the other costs of components have not been included thereby making the final solution (implant, abutment and crown) about the same as other places. Therefore you have to make sure that you are comparing apples and apples and are well-educated about the final cost of the solution that you are seeking.
You should try to find out as much as possible about the cost of the finished solution, not just about the cost of one component of that solution.
You need to know what the finished structure is going to cost you and what the pros and cons of each solution are that may be an option for you.
In the rapidly progressing world of modern dentistry, we have better and advanced solutions available every day. It would be a good idea to make sure that you are getting all viable options given to you so that you can make the decision that is best for you.
Additional costs that you may not think of, include the cost of your time and downtime.
- How much time do you have to take off work?
- How many visits do you need to have the procedure completed?
- How long will it take to recover from the procedure?
Older and more invasive procedures can cost you more pain and discomfort and more time away from work and social activities.
New or less invasive procedures may cost you a little bit more, but they save you a lot of discomfort and downtime.
For example, we feel the computer guided implants are the future of implantology. More precise, less invasive and it is available to you today.
We believe in educating you about all options available for your situation, so that you can make the most informed decision that is best for you.
Please call us for no-obligation consultation and find out about why we are so excited about the wonderful solutions available to you today!