Are you thinking about getting a dental implant, but are still hesitant? This is completely normal, and you need to be well informed before making a final decision.
To make it easier for you, here is a short guide that tells you everything you need to know about dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are used to replace the root of one or more missing teeth on the upper or lower arch of the jaw. They are therefore installed in the alveolar bone of the jaw (under the gums) to accommodate a fixed dental appliance that replaces the teeth.
Dental implants are made of titanium. This very strong material makes for long-lasting dental implants and is a very solid base for the dental appliance (crown/bridge/denture).
In addition, there are several techniques for placing dental implants depending on your needs and expectations. For example, there is the All-on-4 technique to avoid bone grafts, guided surgery to optimize the positioning of your implant, and more.
Why get dental implants?
There are many reasons to get dental implants. First, having one or more missing teeth can cause trouble chewing. A dental implant can make chewing more comfortable and efficient.
Getting a dental implant also prevents teeth adjacent to a missing tooth from moving. It also prevents bone loss caused by a missing tooth.
Finally, a dental implant can restore patients’ confidence by giving them a beautiful smile.
What is the dental implant placement procedure?
The dental implant procedure is done by a maxillofacial surgeon. The procedure itself is not painful for the patient, as it will be done under local anesthesia, with or without intravenous sedation to help our more anxious patients.
First, a complete oral examination is performed to prepare the patient for the implant placement and to determine which type of implant is most appropriate. Next, the surgeon will proceed with the placement of the dental implant, which is a short and non-invasive procedure. Then, once the gum tissue has healed, the surgeon tests the strength of the implant. If everything looks good, the prosthetic device (crown/bridge/denture) can finally be placed.
Are there are contraindications to dental implants?
A factor that may make the placement of an implant inadvisable is a poor condition of the jawbone. If the jawbone has degraded and is in short supply, the implant cannot stay in place. However, in some cases, bone grafting can be performed to overcome this problem.
There are also other contraindications to placing dental implants in a patient. Certain health problems or lifestyle habits could cause the implant to fail. Examples of these conditions are listed below and would be discussed with your maxillofacial surgeon:
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Radiation therapy (at the surgical site)
- Taking certain medications
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants last a long time. In fact, they can last a lifetime if they are placed by a maxillofacial surgery specialist and well maintained.
Make sure you choose a reliable and recognized surgeon and follow their advice regarding your dental implant maintenance.
How to maintain dental implants
The maintenance of a dental implant can vary depending on the type of implant. However, maxillofacial surgeons generally recommend that good oral hygiene be maintained. This is essential to make sure that the implants last as long as possible.
You should also use an antibacterial mouthwash after brushing and flossing your teeth. This helps eliminate bacteria that could cause gum inflammation.
Finally, you need to visit your dentist regularly to monitor your implant and make sure it is thoroughly cleaned.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of a dental implant in Quebec varies. The price depends on many factors, including the number of implants to be placed, the technique used (guided or not), the need for bone grafting or not, etc. An estimate will be given to you for the surgical portion. This portion will have to be completed by your dentist or our prosthodontist for the “teeth” portion, whether it be for a crown, a bridge or a complete prosthesis. This will give you an overview of the costs incurred after your consultation with us.
Please note that the installation of dental implants is eligible for a tax credit since this care is included in the health expenses that can be declared in your year-end tax report. Ask for more information!
Dental implants: a durable solution and safe procedure
With all this information about dental implants, you now have a better idea whether or not they are a good option for you based on your needs.
In any case, you should know that dental implant placement is a very safe procedure with a more than 96% success rate. If you decide to go for it, you will not be disappointed with the results!
Looking for a trusted maxillofacial surgeon in the Gatineau region? At Clinique Evoro, dental implants are one of our specialties. Our experts are always looking for ways to offer you an optimal service and provide you with a remarkable experience.
Contact us to schedule an appointment.