Dental implants are a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth.
Unlike dentures or partials, you won’t experience problems with slipping or sliding, and they don’t require a specialized daily care routine beyond regular brushing and flossing. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require alteration to your existing, healthy teeth. Implants can support bridges for fewer adjustments during a more complex restoration.
Do I Need Dental Implants?
For many people, missing teeth present a mostly cosmetic problem. This is a legitimate concern: Missing teeth carry a stigma, and people with missing teeth may find themselves unfairly judged in many social settings.
Unfortunately, the problem of missing teeth goes beyond the cosmetic issue. Missing teeth put additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage, including fractures and even further tooth loss. When you are missing teeth, you may find it difficult or even painful to enjoy the fresh, healthy foods you need for proper nutrition and nourishment.
Even more concerning, one or more missing teeth can eventually lead to significant bone loss in your jaw as the tissue becomes atrophied from lack of use. Over time, this diminishing bone can lead to visible changes in your face and cause you to appear prematurely aged.
Dental implants will stop this process in its tracks, something that even dentures and partials cannot do.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
While most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of the implants.
When you visit our office to discuss dental implants, we will ask you several questions about your health history. These questions are essential to help us determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. Don’t worry – even if you do have a health concern, we are likely to still be able to work with you. We need to know about it so that we can account for it and take any necessary precautions.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Before beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination, including x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to your jaw, we need to know the condition of your bone. If necessary, you could be a candidate for grafts and other procedures to build up your jaw bone.
The titanium posts for your implants will then be placed. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab. Once the permanent crown has returned from the dental lab, you will return to our office to have it placed. We will check the fit and appearance, and your implant will be complete.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please call our practice today.
How much do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost for dental implants can vary as there may need to be some additional procedures to ensure there's enough room for the placement. Yorkton Dental has tried to lower the barrier to entry to dental implants as they are often the best option to replace a missing tooth. The cost of a single tooth replacement are typically about 3500 to 4000 dollars. The cost is often broken into two separate states, one being the placement of the titanium post, and the other being the crown placement approximately 3-4 months later. For dentures the costs can range significantly depending on what the end goal of the treatment is. Most commonly the lower denture needs some help staying in place, and 2-3 dental implants with attachments for the denture is the most cost effective option. The costs for that would range between 4,000 to 6,000 dollars, but would make a world of difference for someone struggling with a loose denture.