Implant dentistry is becoming more and more common as one of the most ideal replacement options for missing teeth.
Nothing beats your natural tooth but a dental implant is a close second. Implant dentistry has been performed for over 50 years and have success rates close to 98%.
There are however many challenges involved with properly placing and restoring a dental implant. Choosing the right dentist to work with for your dental implant needs is half the battle.
Dr. Le has many years of experience in dental implant dentistry and takes great pride in his dental implant work.
We always start our dental implant journey with a no-obligation consultation. This is when Dr. Le will discuss if implant dentistry is right for you. All alternative options with pros/cons of each will be reviewed as well as costs of treatment. If you decide to go ahead with treatment our treatment co-ordinator will be happy to pre-authorize this with your insurance to see if there is any coverage.
Finally we take thorough records including photos, models and x-rays (including 3D CBCT scans). This allows us to plan a safe, efficient and comfortable surgery for you.
We want to make sure your comfortable with treatment before you start. Most of our patients report that the discomfort is minimal and no different than getting a tooth pulled.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
A dental implant is almost always the best replacement option for a single missing tooth.
It has many distinct advantages compared to the other 2 replacement options of dental bridge and partial denture.
compared to a bridge, the dental implant typically lasts much longer and does not require tooth reduction of adjacent teeth. The cost of a dental implant is slightly higher but comparable to the cost of a 3-unit dental bridge. The partial denture is less expensive than implant retained fixed prosthetics
When multiple teeth are missing dental implants may be a great option for replacement. The principle is the same a traditional dental bridge but the anchoring teeth are replaced by dental implants. These implants act as abutments which then can hold a fixed prosthesis.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.