How painful is it to get dental implants?
Surprisingly to most people, getting dental implants is more comfortable than they ever realized. Since the bone in your mouth where the implant is installed doesn’t have pain receptors, you’ll only feel some minor irritation at the site of the opening in your gums. Fortunately, this heals quite quickly. Most people say that getting dental implants is easier and more comfortable than having a tooth pulled.
Dental implant placement is a type of minor oral surgery, but it’s minimally invasive enough that all our Calgary implant dentist needs to do is apply a small amount of local anesthetic. Once the placement site is thoroughly numbed, we can make a small incision in your gums and install the implant directly into the bone.
If you’re still nervous about getting implants – even as easy as they are – you can request sedation dentistry to help you relax even further! Sedatives ease your anxiety level so that you’ll feel relaxed. As an added bonus, we’ll be able to work more efficiently. Ask if sedation is right for you!
How long do dental implants last?
Today’s modern dental implants have the potential to last your entire life. In fact, they’re regarded as the standard of care for replacement of missing teeth. Compared to implants from decades ago, today’s designs mimic the anatomy of a natural tooth.
The key to getting your dental implants to last forever is to treat them like natural teeth. You’ll need to brush and floss them daily, paying particular attention to the gums around them. Also be sure to schedule regular exams and cleanings to have them maintained and evaluated.
Peri-implantitis (an implant form of gum disease) is the leading cause of implant failure. However, it can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Even though implants do not get cavities, it’s crucial to keep them extremely clean.
All of that being said, the restoration on top of your dental implant (such as the crown, bridge, or denture) may need to be routinely updated as they start to wear out. That might be anywhere from every 5-15 years or so, depending on the individual.
Are dental implants safe?
Absolutely. There are several advantages to Calgary dental implants that make them the best solution for missing tooth replacement.
First, implants trigger a process called “osseointegration” which is where a new layer of bone forms around them and fuses the implant permanently into place. This process makes implants predictable and is beneficial to your future oral health. With healthier bone you can reduce shrinkage in areas of tooth loss, further supporting a youthful facial profile.
Second, implants are made of biocompatible materials. So, there isn’t a significant chance of any type of allergic reaction or failure after the procedure is completed. In addition to titanium, implants are also available in ceramic.
Thirdly, implants are stronger than healthy teeth. It’s possible for our Calgary implant dentist to use pairs of implants to support multi-tooth restorations.
Finally, implants are non-invasive to your adjacent teeth. When they’re installed, they don’t require reshaping the neighboring teeth to help reinforce your implant restoration. Rather, the new implant helps maintain the natural tooth positioning and avoids any negative impact on healthy teeth on either side.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
Implant installation time is a complex process with several different considerations to keep in mind.
The actual dental implant installation itself usually only requires one appointment to complete. In most cases, the procedure takes under an hour from start to finish. This phase of the implant procedure is just the placement of the implant “root” that sets down into the bone.
But, your new implant needs time to integrate with the bone before it’s strong enough to support a fixed restoration. This could be anywhere from 3-6 months after the initial placement appointment. In the meantime, you’ll probably wear something called a “healing abutment” or a temporary restoration in that area, so that it doesn’t appear as if you have a missing tooth.
Once fully integrated, we’ll fit you with a special abutment on top of the implant and then take an impression for a permanent crown/bridge/denture, which is usually delivered within the next few weeks.
From the initial consultation appointment to your final restoration placement, it may be anywhere from 6-12 months in total.
Who is best qualified to do dental implants?
An implant dentist can be any dentist who is trained and experienced in implant therapy. Some specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists also offer this service if the general dentist is not equipped to perform the procedure in their office.
If you’re looking for an implant dentist, it can help to ask how many cases the dentist has completed and what type of professional development courses they’ve taken on the service. Although most dentists are licensed to provide implants in their practice, it’s a procedure that some elect to refer elsewhere.
Depending on which type of dental implants you want, how many you need, and if there are extenuating circumstances (such as bone loss or health issues) you will probably want to see the most experienced implant dentist in your area to ensure a successful outcome.
If you’re searching for the best dental implant dentist near you in Calgary, ask your current oral health provider’s office if they offer the service or can recommend an experienced provider who does.
How long do dental implants take to heal?
Recovery after dental implant treatment is fairly straightforward. Most people experience little to no discomfort or soreness following implant installation. If anything, there may be some minor soreness in the gums where the implant was installed, or at the site of the local anesthetic injection.
All of that being said, the site where your implant is installed will need quite a bit of time for full osseointegration to take place. This is a process where your body forms new bone immediately around the dental implant and permanently fuses it to the body. Although it’s not technically part of the healing process, osseointegration must occur before the implant can support a fixed restoration like a crown or bridge. Full integration usually takes about six months after your implant surgery.
Is implant treatment a type of oral surgery? Yes. But it’s minor. You’ll likely have less irritation or soreness than you would if you were to have a tooth extracted. It’s a fairly minimally invasive procedure without a lengthy recovery time. You can usually go back to work the next day.
How much does it cost to get a full mouth of dental implants?
The cost of dental implants doesn’t necessarily depend on how many teeth are missing, but on the number of implants needed to support single or multi-tooth restorations.
For instance, maybe you need to replace all of your upper teeth at one time. Our Calgary implant dentist might recommend four implants placed in strategic points of your arch, and then a full-arch prosthesis such as a hybrid denture (extended bridge) on top of them.
In another situation, you might have 3-4 missing teeth in a row but want to avoid wearing a partial denture. Getting implants would be more expensive initially, but since they last for so long, they offer the best return on investment. And you wouldn’t need an implant for each tooth that’s missing. Rather, we would just install an implant at each end of the space and then affix a multi-tooth dental bridge on top of them.
Knowing how many dental implants you need in total, added to the cost of the fixed prosthesis, plus any adjunctive services (such as bone grafts or X-rays) will determine the full price of treatment. Since the cost varies greatly from person to person, a consultation is necessary.
Can you still get dental implants with bone loss?
It depends on the extent of bone loss and location of the implant. In some cases, we can perform bone augmentation, where grafting is used to build up the area and add a better foundation for future implants to be installed. In other instances, 3D imaging can be used to digitally place the implant at various angles or positions to determine what alternatives are available.
When we’re dealing with a smaller area such as a lower front tooth, there are alternatives like mini dental implants which might be worth considering. However, mini implants aren’t designed for heavy load-bearing areas because of their smaller size.
Fortunately, dental implant treatment in Calgary is quite a predictable process. With the right resources and imaging techniques, we can make implant therapy a viable option for more people than ever before.
If you’ve been told in the past that dental implants aren’t an option for you because of bone loss, it’s worth getting a second opinion with our Calgary dentist! Newer technology and resources may have changed the scenario for your smile.
What metals are used in dental implants?
The metal that is used in most dental implants is titanium. Titanium is a hypoallergenic material and extremely friendly to the body. It was first discovered several decades ago and has since been used in medical procedures such as joint replacement with tremendous success.
But even though titanium is naturally accepted by the body, there are even bigger benefits of using it inside of the mouth. For one, it’s stronger than natural tooth structure. So, when our Calgary implant dentist needs to replace several teeth at one time, we can use pairs or sets of implants to support multi-tooth restorations in lieu of installing an implant at the site of every missing tooth.
The other advantage of using titanium is that it triggers osseointegration within bone. What that means is that when your bone cells come into contact with it, they’re stimulated to generate new bone cells. And when that happens, they build a connection between your jaw and the implant surface. When full osseointegration occurs, it’s highly unlikely that your dental implant will ever come out.
How many dental implants can you have?
You might be surprised to learn that you don’t necessarily need an implant for each missing tooth. If you need to replace all of your upper teeth for instance, it might be possible to use as few as four implants total. Or if you only need a few replaced, we might anchor a bridge on top of two implants.
However, if you have individual teeth that need to be replaced but they’re located between two healthy teeth, you will need an independent implant and crown in each of those locations. So, in theory, you could have more than four implants in your upper or lower arch.
Visiting with our implant dentist in Calgary will give you an opportunity to learn more about what options are available for your unique circumstances. From there, we can weigh various scenarios to determine the best solution for your oral health. You’ll get the chance to play a key role in co-planning the next steps for restoring your smile. Chances are, you’ll have more choices than you realized.