Dental implants are one of the greatest advancements in dentistry. They are medically pure titanium devices that are placed into the jawbone. They act as an anchor to provide a solid base for artificial tooth replacement. The tremendous popularity of Implants has largely been the result of people living longer and their desire to fulfill a life style with the greatest possible pleasure.
In principle, implant dentures are suited for adult patients of any age. In fact, age should not be a deterrent. If the treatment is properly planned, the surgery accomplished following accepted rules of practice, the prosthesis fabricated correctly and properly maintained by the patient, success rates are in excess of 98%.
Dental implants are usually performed under local anesthesia by a dental surgeon specializing in Implantology. Each patient must be carefully evaluated before such a procedure is undertaken.
Once a decision has been made as to the type of prosthesis, our experienced Denturist Raymond Kulik DD evaluates and plans the number of implants, the surgical procedure and the prosthetic phases with the surgeon. Speak to our Denturist to find out if implantology is for you. He works closely with the rest of the dental care team to provide you with the best possible results.
Thanks to oral implantology, your dental prosthesis will be almost as solid as natural teeth! Waterdown Denture Clinic® uses only the highest quality dental implant systems. Examples of these are: Zest Anchors LOCATORS, Nobel Biocare, Straumann Canada and DENTSPLY implants.
General Benefits of Implant Dentures:
Raymond Kulik DD has completed training for the patented SENDAX MDI 3M ESPE’s MDI Mini Dental Implant insertion protocol. This truly is a revolutionary one-stage solution for long-term denture stabilization. This immediate loading mini implant system works with new dentures as well as the patient’s existing denture, both full and/or partial.
Benefits of Mini Implants:
Why have Dental Implants become so Popular?
The tremendous popularity of implants has largely been the result of people living longer and their desire to fulfill a lifestyle with the greatest possible pleasure. Implants give us the ability to restore something that is fundamental to our own body. Almost everyone wants to smile more frequently and feel more secure when they talk and laugh. Dental implants allow you to do everything you want with total self-assurance.
What Type of Discomfort can be Expected During the Procedure?
The placement of the root portion of the dental implant takes less than an hour. Most patients are able to return to work and or their home life functioning normally. The discomfort level experienced during the implant procedure is similar to that of a simple root canal or simple tooth extraction. Local anaesthesia (“freezing”) is provided during the procedure. In most cases, all that is required to control post procedure discomfort is an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Do Dental Implants Ever Fail?
Dental implant treatment is one of the most successful procedures in the medical-dental field, with documented success rates over 95%. Although successful treatment is very predictable, there are rare occasions where the bone does not completely bond to the implant. When this occurs, new implants are placed, and the success rates for the replacement implants are even higher.
Smoking or putting too much pressure on newly placed implants, as with excessive grinding of the teeth, can cause problems with the bone bonding to the implants and should be avoided.
How do Implant Dentures Compare to Normal Dentures?
McGill University conducted a study to determine if people, especially the elderly, can improve their chewing ability and nutrition if they wear dentures anchored by implants. After 6 months, the group with dental implants did not only increase their body fat but blood tests recorded significantly higher levels of albumin, haemoglobin(Iron) and vitamin B12 – all indicators of nutrition. The study group also reported significant improvements in their ability to chew meat and hard vegetables and did not avoid foods they did in the past.
What Happens if I Wait?
Tooth Loss = Bone Loss
As soon as a Tooth Root is extracted the clock starts ticking…and the jawbone starts to dissolve. During the first year after tooth extraction the average individual can expect to loose between 4-5mm of bone (25%). By year three of tooth extraction, the jawbone can dissolve as much as 60% of its former size.Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option available that prevents bone loss after tooth extraction.
Am I too Old for Dental Implants?
There is no upper age limitation to have an implant. If you are healthy enough for the procedure and you have the desire, then you are a candidate for the procedure. Patients over 90 years of age have replaced loose partials and full dentures with implant-supported restorations and their main comment is “I wish I had done this sooner.” ” I can now eat food I want to eat not what I can eat.” They are experiencing a better overall quality of life. They enjoy the benefits of easier chewing, digestion, speaking, better nutrition and an increased ability to taste.
Is Dental Implant Treatment Covered by Dental Insurance Plans?
Although most companies exclude implants as a covered benefit, many of them will pay the same benefit they would cover for the lowest cost alternative treatment option (partials and dentures) and some of the diagnostic records, if a specific request is made for “alternative benefits.” Even if an individual policy includes implants as a covered benefit, the amount is still limited to the annual maximum allowable.
Your Denturist will be happy to look into your dental plan to see if you qualify for dental implant coverage. They will look to see if your plan contains an “Alternate Benefit Clause” or a “Health Spending Account”.
What is the Cost of Implant Treatment?
An investment in dental implant treatment is an investment in overall health, appearance and well-being, as it involves preserving the integrity of facial structures, as well as replacing missing teeth.
The actual cost of implant treatment is based on a number of factors, such as the number of missing teeth being replaced, the type of implant-supported teeth (treatment option) recommended and whether additional procedures are necessary to achieve the proper aesthetic and functional result.
There is often a misconception that there is a set cost for each implant. The fees are calculated based on the amount of time the dental specialist anticipates spending to complete treatment (implant placement, other surgical procedures, fabrication of replacement teeth), as well as the estimated cost of implants, other components and materials necessary to complete treatment – and dental laboratory fees.
The only way to accurately estimate the cost for an individual patient is to have an examination and consultation with a dental specialist. Talk to Waterdown Denture Clinic® about your options.
“You can be assured that this treatment option is your best choice.”
-Raymond Kulik DD