Dental Implants

1. What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium.  This is a metal that the body easily accepts. The dental implant is inserted into the bone of the jaw, and over time the jawbone integrates with the implant surface, firmly anchoring it. Under normal conditions, the healing process can take as little as 6 weeks. After this time, a crown, bridge, or denture is secured to the implant.

2. What are the benefits of dental implants?
Implants are the closest possible replacement to natural teeth, they also make replacement teeth stable for eating and patients can smile with confidence.  Dental implants remove the need to cut down healthy teeth for a bridge and can eliminate the pain caused by ill-fitting dentures.  They also help preserve the bone in the jaws unlike with dentures.  In some cases, implants help maintain the shape of the face as well.

3.  How much does an implant cost?
Since each patient has different needs and priorities, dental implant treatments and the corresponding costs differ as well. You should receive a cost estimate from your dentist when he/she decides what treatment is right for you. Some of the factors that influence the cost are:

  •  The number of implants needed
  • The type of replacement teeth desired
  • Additional procedures that may be necessary to enhance the look and feel of your facial expressions.

It is important to consider long-term versus short-term costs when making a decision about tooth replacement. Dental implant treatment may be a larger initial investment, but it is frequently a more cost-effective solution in the long term.

4. What are the risks of having dental implants?
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Consult your doctor about any possible risks.  A medical clearance is mandatory for our implantologist before proceeding with the implant treatment.

5. Are there age restrictions for receiving implants?
In principle, dental implants are suited for adult patients of almost any age. Implants are not for use on children or growing adolescents as implants would interfere with the growth of the jaw.