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Without question, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. However, one of the primary reasons patients shy away from this superior solution is cost. While the price difference between a traditional restoration (crown, bridge, denture) and a dental implant is notable, it is important that you carefully consider what you’d be getting from your implant investment. Most patients quickly realize that in the long run, implants are a more cost-effective option.
Factors that Influence Cost
The cost of dental implants can vary from patient to patient. The main determining factor is the complexity of your implant surgery, including how many teeth need to replaced and whether or not you will need bone grafting or a sinus lift to accommodate your implants. Other influential considerations are the specific imaging/scans needed prior to your surgery as well as the brand/material of the post, abutment and prosthetic tooth that will be used. continue reading
You’ve made the decision to get dental implants – congratulations! While you can be confident you are getting the most unrivaled solution in teeth replacement, you have probably been informed that dental implants require an intricate oral surgery and notable recovery time. Whether you are getting a single implant or several dental implants, it is understandable to feel nervous the night before your procedure.
Frist and foremost, try to relax. Your implant surgery is in good hands! However, there is some prep work you can do at home the night before to ensure the big day goes as smoothly as possible:
When it comes to replacing a full arch of teeth, dentures are the chosen solution. However, there are different types of dentures available. While it requires more upfront investment and time, modern dentistry offers a superior solution with dentures that are anchored with dental implants. Unlike dentures that adhere to the gum line using adhesive creams, implant supported dentures are firmly attached into the jawbone with implants – just like your real teeth!
If you have done some research on modern implant dentistry, you have likely run across the term “guided implants.” Guided implants do not suggest a different type of implant. Instead, it defines the way the implant is surgically placed. Guided implants have the added benefit of using advanced imaging technology to “guide” the dentist as the implant is inserted into your jawbone. Not all dentists offer surgically guided dental implants, but here’s a closer look at why it can be important.
Guided implants rely on the innovative technology of an on-site CT Scanner that projects real-time 3D images of your mouth on a nearby monitor. A 3D CT Scan can show precise images of the jaw, teeth, tissues, nerves and sinuses that surround the site of the implant placement. With such key information, your dentist can place the implant in the most strategic and successful way. In most cases, this means inserting the titanium post in the densest area of the jaw and away from any nerves or sinuses that would cause complications if compromised. Guided implants allow your dentist to have a custom fabricated surgical guide or template for your oral surgery. continue reading
Do you have loose or missing teeth? We know it can be a significant threat to your self-confidence and quality of life. Fortunately, modern implant dentistry can offer a life-like replacement of your lost or damaged teeth so that you can regain that beautiful smile you once had. Getting dental implants, however, does require a notable investment and patience, so it is understandable why you may want to get all of the information you can upfront. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions from patients who are considering the idea of getting dental implants: continue reading
It is estimated that 69% of adults between 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, and 26% of adults will have lost all of their permanent teeth by the time that they are 74, according to The Implant Hub. This undeniably makes restorative dentistry in high demand. As it stands today, dental implants are the only permanent teeth replacement system available, and they are drastically superior to any other treatment option. continue reading
If you are interested in dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you’ll need to carefully consider the healing process. In fact, the way an implant heals is a primary indicator of its success. Once the titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, a critical healing process takes place in the following few months. During this time, the implant fuses to the surrounding bone and the tissues heal around the implant. When this process is compromised in any way, the implant may fail altogether.
The good news is that if you are in good overall health, you should have a comfortable and easy recovery period after your implant surgery. However, despite how easy it is for the majority of patients, there are still health concerns that can make healing more challenging. While the medical conditions below won’t necessary disqualify you from getting dental implants, they can mean you’ll need some special care and close monitoring during your recovery. continue reading
There is no doubt that natural teeth are remarkably strong. Not only are they made from the strongest substance in your entire body, but they are designed to perform a lifetime of tasks such as chewing hard foods and supporting the structure of your jawbone. Still, teeth get damaged, diseased and go missing from time to time.
If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering if a replacement tooth will ever offer the strength and durability that your natural tooth once provided? Thanks to the advancements of modern restorative dentistry, the answer is yes! Dental implants make it possible to have a prosthetic tooth that matches the strength of a real tooth. continue reading
Dental implant complications are very rare. But that doesn’t mean they can’t occur. The most likely culprit to implant failure is infection, which is referred to as peri-implantitis. If you’ve made it through the initial recovery period without an infection, that doesn’t mean you are out of the woods. Implant infection is caused by bacteria, which can develop weeks or years after your dental implant procedure. Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease, so neglecting treatment can jeopardize a lot more than just your dental implant investment. continue reading
The All-on-4® treatment concept was first used successfully by Dr. Paulo Malo in 1998. Since then, thousands of patients have gained the benefits of this revolutionary option in implantology and fixed oral rehabilitation. All-on-4® is most notably marketed as “teeth in a day” or “same day teeth.” It is a unique treatment approach that uses as few as 4 dental implants to support a whole arch of teeth. It is cost effective and can be used in either the upper or lower jaw to support immediate fixed replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The best part – it can be done in as little as 1 to 3 days!