Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
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 it more secure and comfortable.
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 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.
Surgical placement will be done by specialist and implant restoration is done at our office.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
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Dental Implant is an innovation that revolutionized the way missing teeth are replaced. Dental Implants can replace any number of missing teeth. At Lincoln Dental Center, Coquitlam we do a comprehensive exam and make a treatment plan for replacing missing teeth with an option of a removable or fixed partial denture or implants.
In how many visits can you get an implant?
- Comprehensive Diagnosis and treatment planning are done.
- X-rays, impression or any other diagnostic tests are done.
- Treatment planning is done. Risk, benefits, alternative treatment options, etc. are discussed
- The surgeon will place an implant.
- The surgical implant site is allowed for healing 3-6 months before the second phase begins.
The second stage (healing abutment)
- Removal of implant cover screw and healing abutment is placed.
- After placement of healing abutment, the implant site can heal for over 2 weeks before final restoration begins.
- In these two weeks, the gum tissue around the implant heals.
Final stage (implant restoration)
- An implant crown is placed.
- You have an implant ready to chew food and smile.
Does it cause pain?
- Implant placement and crown restoration are painless procedures.
- Healing will be slightly uncomfortable.
- You will be prescribed pain-killers to help you.
Do Implants need special care?
- The implant works like teeth.
- Gum disease can affect implant they way it does to a natural tooth.
- Taking good care of the implant tooth at home and a regular follow-up visit at the dentist is very important for the longevity of the implant.
What is the right age to get implants?
- Minimum 18 years of age is recommended. Jaw growth is completed by the age of 18 years.
- Implants can be placed in people with good health and a healthy mouth, good bone quality and adequate amount of bone.
Can Implants support dentures as well?
- Implant supported dentures.
- Implant and tissue supported dentures.
- Above are two different kinds of implant supported dentures.
How much does Implants cost?
There are two separate parts:
The implant and The Implant crown.
The Implant crown costs slightly more than a natural tooth crown.
The Implant costs are separate depending upon many other factors.
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