In the past decades, removable dentures or fixed bridges were the only remedies for lost tooth or teeth. Unfortunately, they are not only difficult to maintain but also uncomfortable, especially during the procedure. Today, people have a better option – dental implants. Irrespective of the cause of the loss, a dental implant helps to restore the missing tooth or teeth.
What are implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium. The material integrates easily with the bone tissue, and it is also sufficiently tolerated by the bone. The procedure ensures a close connection between the external surface of the implant and the bone tissue involved. When the bone tissue and the implant merge, they offer an unshakable support for the possible future crowns.
Dental implant procedure
1. Removal of the damaged tooth or teeth
2. The jawbone is prepared for the surgery, and bone grafting might be required
3. When the jawbone has healed, the metal post of the dental implant is placed in the jawbone. The patient then spends the next couple of months healing.
4. The abutment, an extension of the metal post is placed.
5. The soft tissue is given time to heal.
6. Finally, the surgeon makes molds of the patient’s teeth and jawbone and then places the final tooth later.
Things to know when preparing for an implant
Your surgeon will engage you in a lengthy discussion about what to expect from a dental implant. Nevertheless, it is safe to understand some basics before you honor that dentist’s appointment.
1. Do you suffer from hypertension?
Patients suffering from high blood pressure should begin taking beta blockers. These drugs aid in controlling hypertension for some time. Also, take no more heartburn pills.
2. Don’t doubt it; the procedure enjoys a high rate of success
A good number of people have had successful dental implants without any complications during the procedure. However, the success rates may vary from one person to another. Some of the influencing factors include the state of the patient’s dental health, the area in the jaw where the implant is being placed and most importantly, the expertise of the surgeon. On average, though, there is always a 95 percent chance of success. Of course, the likelihood of having a successful dental implant increases when an experienced dental specialist is sought.
3. Cost of the procedure
The average cost of a single implant, excluding the cost of restoration range between $1800 and $2500 CAD. The ultimate cost is usually determined by the geographic location, health of the patient, materials, the number of implants, the prosthetic needed for the implant, and, if or not prerequisite procedures are needed. Prospective patients may pursue a creative combination of financing and insurance (seeing that insurance does not cover the whole cost) to increase the affordability of the procedure.
A dental implant can take several months. Most of this time is dedicated to healing, besides waiting for the growth of a new jawbone. Check out the Dental Implants Toronto Info website to learn more information with their online resources.