Dental implants are a popular and permanent way to improve the stability of your mouth. If you have missing teeth, or wear removable dentures, they can offer a way for you to maintain a stable, strong and long-lasting smile.
These alternatives to your natural tooth root are made of titanium, a metal that fuses with your jaw bone. When natural teeth are lost, your natural jaw bone can weaken, diminishing your ability to chew and change the form of you face and smile. If you are struggling to chew your favorite foods, or just plain embarrassed by your mouth’s appearance, implants may be your smile-saver.
How It Works
Dental implants are anchors that are surgically placed in your jaw. Titanium accompanies a few other materials to make up this anchor, and are safe to the body; your own bone will grow and join together to support the implant. After the proper waiting time – usually three to six months – the implant is ready for the permanent tooth replacement or prosthetic to be placed on the anchor.
Single tooth loss is one reason to consider an implant, but even total tooth loss can be successfully restored with implants. As explained by the American Dental Association (ADA), there are three basic steps for implant placement:
- Surgical placement of the implant by a qualified dental professional.
- Healing time for “osseointegration,” allowing the bone to grow around the implant.
- Placing of the artificial tooth or teeth.
In most cases, the total integration of bone is necessary before a permanent restoration can be installed. In rare cases, an implant can be “loaded” with a restoration immediately after surgery. If more healing time is needed, your dentist will fabricate a temporary replacement until the final restoration can be placed.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Dental implants have been used in the U.S. for decades and have been improved and perfected over the years. Currently, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), 500,000 American adults undergo implant therapy of some form every year. The procedure has proved to have a 98-percent success rate if proper placement procedures and oral hygiene regimens are followed. Are you a candidate for an implant? The answer in most cases is yes, with some caveats.
There are many things to consider before seeking treatment, but the two at the forefront are your medical history and the costs involved. Patients who suffer from chronic illnesses like leukemia and diabetes are not good candidates, as these conditions inhibit the body’s ability to heal. Patients who have been treated with bisphosphonates (usually found in chemotherapy drugs), as well as popular bone-building drugs like Fosamax and Boniva are carefully scrutinized as well. Additionally, people who smoke have diminished mouth health and may need to be counseled in a smoking cessation program prior to an implant.
Your dental history focuses on the health and thickness of the jawbone, and the number of implants a practice would need to restore your smile. Another important factor is your oral hygiene habits. In order for the implant to be a success, proper brushing and flossing – using products such as Colgate Total Deep Clean Toothpaste– is vital for the implant to last a lifetime. Without proper care, the implant can become infected and fail. Dr. Jaleel will instruct you on proper care and the specific dental aides appropriate for use around the implant.
Dental Implant Procedure and Costs
Due to the nature of the procedure, there are a series of steps you should take. The first is to seek care from a dentist who specializes in implant placement. Your general dentist can refer you to these specialists, who usually practice oral surgery or periodontology.
Once you’ve chosen a specialist, he or she will examine you and run diagnostic tests to assess what needs to be done before placing the implant. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, how long they’ve been out and which jaw (upper or lower) they were in will determine the tests required. They may include:
- Full mouth X-rays and computer tomography or CT scan
- Extractions of failing teeth
- Bone grafts or sinus lifts
- Temporary teeth replacements or prosthetics
A single implant placement typically costs between $1000 to $3000, but this can increase if multiple teeth are involved and other surgical procedures are needed. Keep in mind this cost does not include the final restoration crowns, bridges or dentures, which are done by a general or cosmetic dentist.
Dental implants are a sustainable replacement for missing teeth. They can also serve as anchors for partial and full dentures that have become loose or ill-fitting. In either case, they allow you to restore your smile to its natural and fully functional condition. Of course, they are not for everyone, but more and more adults are pursuing this dental procedure to restore their healthy, confident smile.
We lose teeth for many reasons: gum (periodontal) disease, tooth decay and trauma — falls, accidents and sports related injuries. Adult teeth begin to form around birth. Anything happening to the body during the time of tooth formation can be disruptive. If you are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, one of the side-effects may be a premature loss of teeth. As well, infections can result in damage to adult teeth or their early loss. And some people have missing teeth because they never developed. Dental implants and dentures can be the answer to such problems. Missing teeth can result in a loss of self confidence and lower self-esteem. If you have several missing teeth and difficulty chewing, this could lead to digestive and nutritional problems. Your other teeth may start to shift or over-erupt to compensate for the missing teeth, upsetting the relationship between teeth, muscles and joints. Loss of many posterior teeth can affect your ability to chew and may also contribute to temporomandibular joint problems. Getting your implants or dentures early can prevent the occurrence of many of the issues mentioned above. Luckily, Dr. Jaleel is your Ottawa dentist and is here to help.
Implants or Dentures?
Keep all factors, not just cost, in mind. For example, implants are a good bet for those who like hard, crunchy foods such as carrots and apples. For those who prefer softer foods like pasta, another option might be preferable. And other factors such as bite or joint problems or some diseases should also be considered. On the blog today, we will break down the various restorative options for you.
Retained and supported by oral tissues, and retention and comfort can be an issue. Dentures can last up to 10 years, but an annual relining of the denture to maintain a good fit is recommended.
- Least-expensive option
- No surgery
- Can be made quickly
- Look good.
- Uncomfortable if not properly fitted
- Patients may develop sore spots
- Gums and bones shrink as we age and dentures accelerate that process.
Removable Partial Dentures
Supported and held by both tissues and teeth. Metal clasps wrap around various teeth, retaining the partial denture or, in some cases, attachments can be made to implants instead of teeth, which look better esthetically, as metal clasps are eliminated. Last up to 10 years, unless you need a crown or lose teeth.
- Last long
- Relatively cheap
- Relining required to avoid clasps damaging teeth
- Can contribute to bone loss.
Typically the teeth (or implants if there are not enough natural teeth) on either side act as anchors via crowns to support and retain an artificial tooth or teeth in between; hence, the term “bridge.” Can last 10 years or longer;
- Feels natural
- Very slim compared to a denture; looks great (which is a great psychological advantage)
- Food tastes better since the roof of the mouth isn’t covered (where the taste buds are).
- More expensive than dentures
- Cost increases if more implants needed to hold the prosthesis
- Need to reduce tooth size, which may weaken the tooth.
A tooth is attached to an “artificial root” made from titanium or titanium alloy, which is surgically placed in the jawbone, lasting up to 10 years or more.
- Tremendous psychological advantage
- Feels like your own teeth
- Nothing removable in the mouth
- No damage to other teeth
- No associated bone loss.
- Most expensive option
- Surgery is necessary.
How to take care of your dentures or implants?
Dentures: Remove dentures and soak overnight in denture cleanser, warm water or in a mix of warm water and vinegar (half and half). If your denture has metal clasps, use warm water only for soaking. Brush with a denture brush and rinse.
Implants and Bridge: Gently brush and floss daily. These can be treated more like natural teeth, but they are not as strong, so be gentle when brushing and flossing. If you have implants, be especially careful when flossing where the implant meets the gum. Talk to Dr. Jaleel about using specific cleaners, if necessary.
Dental implants are rapidly becoming the most popular option for replacing missing teeth, as the process actually creates a kind of permanent tooth or teeth to replace either one missing tooth or many. A screw is inserted into the gum, where it bonds and heals into the gum, after which a crown is fashioned and placed over this screw, creating a tooth that’s just as strong and permanent as the original tooth.
Dental Implants Explained:
The concept of a dental implant is very simple – it’s an artificial tooth root that will hold a crown that your dentist/periodontist will “sculpt” to look like your real tooth. Dental implants support a replacement tooth in essentially the same way that your natural tooth root supported your natural tooth. A dental implant may not just be “the next best thing to a real tooth,” it can often be even better and stronger! While the initial cost of dental implants will be greater, they’re far better in the long run financially given the fact that bridges may need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years, while dentures usually have a life span of only 3 to 8 years. But a dental implant will last the rest of your life with proper care and hygiene!
Benefits of Dental Implants:
Dental implants have several advantages over other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as partial dentures, crowns, and bridges. Unlike these prosthetics, dental implants do not require the removal of tooth enamel from surrounding teeth. Dental implants also have the benefit of minimizing bone loss and the occurrence of receding gums that may occur with traditional dentures. The success rate for dental implants is very high, and they have very few installation complications recorded.
Steps to Getting Dental Implants:
The first step in your dental implant process is to develop the treatment plan for your particular situation. Dental implants can restore or correct many issues; they can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth, they can be used as anchors to support a fixed permanent bridge, they can support loose teeth by being splinted to them, they can support replacement teeth for an entirely toothless jaw, and there is also the option of using dental implants to provide stability for a complete denture, which will anchor the denture firmly without any slipping, improving both speech and eating.
The next step in the process is that the tooth root implant is placed into the bone socket where the tooth is missing. The tooth root implant is a small post made of titanium, and one will be implanted into the jaw wherever a tooth is needed, however many teeth need to be replaced. The jawbone will heal around and actually fuse with this implanted metal post. The healing process can take from 6 to 12 weeks.
The final step is when the healing is complete and the implant has bonded into the jaw. When the implant has completely healed, a small connector post is attached to the implant post. This is what will hold the new tooth securely. Then, Dr. Jaleel will make impressions of your teeth, create a model of your bite and surrounding teeth, and use the model to create your replacement tooth, called a crown, which will then be permanently fixed to the abutment. Dr. Jaleel will match your new tooth or teeth to your natural teeth, so that when your implant is secured within your jawbone, it will look, feel and function exactly like your natural teeth, plus, your new tooth will last just as long, if not longer, than the original tooth!
It’s that simple!
Call Dr. Jaleel, DDS, the most reliable of all the Ottawa dentists today today for a consultation appointment and let him help you restore your smile to a more natural-looking and feeling state.
2194 Carling Avenue, Unit 1
Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3
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First it’s just a wiggle, then they wobble. Before you know it, gaps caused by missing teeth are making it hard for you to chew your food.
Why get dentures?
Missing a partial or full set of teeth due to aging? Dentures will play an important role in the maintenance of dental health. Here is why:
1) Regain the ability to chew your food
2) Regain the ability to speak properly
3) Prevent bone and gum loss around the missing teeth
Full dentures are custom-made dental prosthetics that are meant to be a replacement for your top or bottom teeth. In many cases, these dentures may be fit into place with traditional or mini dental implants, which can help keep your dentures in place, giving them a much more natural look and feel. This usually also results in a more comfortable fit, ensuring that you can continue to eat and speak properly.
If you are only missing a few teeth, or if you are only having a few teeth removed, you may only need a partial denture. Partial dentures are replacement teeth attached to a metal framework that will attach to your remaining teeth (usually by fitting a crown over two or more anchor teeth to ensure stability). These are sometimes referred to as a “bridge” because they “bridge the gap” between your natural teeth. These help to fill the gap in between your remaining teeth, preventing them from drifting out of place, and providing you with a more natural looking and feeling bite. Partial dentures can be removable or permanent depending on your preference and your dentist’s recommendation.
Conventional dentures are made after the removal of your natural teeth, and will not be placed until your gum tissue has begun to heal. Usually during the time in between the removal of your teeth and the installment of your permanent dentures, you will be given a temporary set to wear that will enable to you speak and chew normally. It takes approximately six weeks for a complete set of conventional dentures to be made, and you will likely need several adjustments before they fit correctly.
Immediate dentures are made before your dentist removes your teeth and can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed. This means you do not have to be without teeth as your gums heal, however, they do have a disadvantage. Bones and gums tend to shrink during the period immediately following tooth removal, meaning that immediate dentures may require more adjustments than conventional dentures. In fact, many dentists recommend using them only as a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made for you.
Things to know after getting your dentures
If you have recently been fitted with new dentures, you may benefit from these tips:
1) Eat soft food at first, chewing small bites slowly with your back teeth to prevent the dentures from shifting.
2) They may feel awkward at first, but the discomfort should soon disappear.
3) If they shift out of position, close your mouth and swallow to reposition them.
4) It is important to clean your dentures regularly or you risk tartar and plaque build up that may spread to your natural teeth.
Ask Dr. Jaleel whether you should wear your dentures at night, and if you have any other concerns or questions about your new dentures, please contact our office!
If you experience discomfort because of your dentures, the following measures may ease your discomfort:
Rinse your mouth with baking soda or salt. Leave the offending denture out as much as possible. Brush your gums, palate and tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush after every meal and before going to sleep. A sore mouth, if untreated, could lead to further complications. If the problem recurs regularly, speak to Dr. Jaleel about it!
If you are missing several teeth, you may be a good candidate for either full or partial dentures. Most dental insurance companies will cover either part or all of the cost of your dentures, whether you are receiving conventional, immediate, full, or partial dentures. Call Dr. Jaleel, DDS, the most reliable of all the Ottawa dentists today today for a consultation appointment and let him help you restore your smile to a more natural-looking and feeling state.
2194 Carling Avenue, Unit 1
Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3
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Last week we discussed the benefits a mouthguard can provide in protecting (and keeping!) your teeth. But perhaps if you didn’t get a chance to read it in time, or by some other misfortune, you may have found yourself in that worst-case scenario.
Not to fret – even something as seemingly firmly rooted as teeth are subject to the wears and tears of the unexpected. Perhaps by a sporting mishap, health implications, pure clumsiness, or just plain aging, it’s near impossible to keep a perfect set of all 32 teeth – and those who have had their wisdom teeth removed can attest that they get along just fine without those molars (…and additional astuteness).
Dental Implants: Before & After
That being said that the implications might not be noticeable, whether it’s a tooth or two here and there, depending on which are missing you may have difficulty chewing, and therefore complications to digestion may arise. Additionally, depending on the location of a missing tooth, it might be causing some more superficial issues such as insecurities in your smile.
Well dental implants are – as the name suggests – more than superficial, but certainly secure! Of course “implant” has a connotation that may be a tad unnerving, as we usually associate it with the surgically invasive. But, just to think: One renowned contemporary implant dentist claims that the origins of dental implants may trace back to 4000 years ago, originating in China when implants were fabricated from bamboo! Fast forward 4000 years and rest assured, the art of dental implants being practiced by your Ottawa dentist has certainly been refined.
Through the process of osseointegration dental implants can actually fuse with the bone structure within your jaw. These titanium or ceramic implants are biologically accepted and integrated into your structure, making dental implants feel as natural as possible. With the dental implants as the anchor, the actual prosthetic tooth itself can be fastened on, with the longevity of 10 to 15 years.
Dental implants can be used to resolve an array of dental issues, with the solution as unique as your own bite. It may be a single tooth one may be hoping to replace, or it may be a set of dental prostheses that bridges the gap between multiple implants and their natural neighbours. Dental implants may come as removable dentures that are secured into the implants by day and removed by night, or they might anchor to your own teeth as seen fit for durability and stability.
For now your bark might be worse than your bite. How about loose the bark altogether and reclaim your feistiness and vivacity with a new bite that lives up to all its former glory. Have your local Ottawa dentist, Dr. Jaleel, help fix your insecurities with some dental security, and have your smile firmly anchored!