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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are basically tooth root replacements which can be used to support one or more missing teeth. The dental implants are made of surgical grade titanium, which is extremely biocompatible. When we place an implant into your jawbone, your body thinks the titanium is bone and forms a strong attachment to the dental implant.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

We usually perform the surgery under local anaesthesia. Once the anesthesia takes effect, you shouldn’t feel any different than having a filling. If you prefer, we can use nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) to help you relax during the procedure.

Once the freezing wears off, healing is usually uneventful. You may experience minor discomfort that can easily be controlled with over the counter medications such as ibuprofen. In fact, most of our implant patients tell us they take 1 or 2 ibuprofen after the surgery and that’s all!

How long is dental implant surgery?

It all depends on the how many implants and where we are placing them. Generally speaking though, a single, uncomplicated dental implant usually takes about an hour to place.

How long will the entire dental implant process take?

Dental implant treatment is made up of two phases: surgical (placement of the dental implant) and restorative (fabrication of the replacement teeth). The length of time for the entire process will depend on your particular treatment plan, but will usually be between 4 and 9 months. The length of time will depend on the amount of time your jawbone will need to fuse with the dental implant, as well as the complexity of your teeth replacements.

How long can I expect my dental implants to last?

Once your dental implant has integrated into your jawbone successfully and it is functional, it should last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have now been in place for more than 40 years. The replacement teeth may require replacement over time, due to wear and tear caused by your function.

What happens if my body rejects the dental implant?

When people talk about “rejecting” an implant, it usually means that the dental implant doesn’t fuse to the bone after surgery, either because it got infected or because a layer of fibrous, scar tissue formed around it. In these case, the dental implant is removed, and after healing we can usually place another implant successfully.

It is quite rare to have an actual allergy to titanium, but it can happen. If that were the case, you would not be a candidate for dental implants.

How much do dental implants cost?

The actual cost of your dental implant treatment will depend on your specific treatment plan. Generally, a single tooth replacement with a dental implant, post and crown will work out to less than the cost of replacement with a bridge. We offer various financing options, including 0% Financing for up to 2 years on our professional fees (OAC)! Contact us to find out about all of our financing options.

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