Dental Implants for tooth Replacement
Dental implants are the best option for patients who want a permanent, functional, natural-looking solution to missing teeth. They are highly durable, deter bone loss, protect remaining teeth from undue stress and damage, and preserve the esthetics and shape of your face and jawline.
At Kelowna Dental Centre, we rely on the latest Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) 3D imaging technology to help achieve accurate diagnoses, evaluate patients for implant candidacy, and optimize dental implant treatment planning. CBCT technology is a powerful tool that helps us deliver the highest-quality dental implant care and consistently successful outcomes. Based on your unique needs, goals, and budget, Michael Webster, DMD can develop an individualized dental implant treatment plan to give you the full, healthy, beautiful smile you desire. To learn more about implant dentistry, we welcome you to contact our practice or explore the informative sections we have provided below.
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Dental Implant Candidates
- Types of Dental Implants
- Dental Implant Tooth Replacement Options
- Dental Implant Treatment Planning
- Preliminary Treatments for Dental Implants
- Dental Implant Procedure
- Dental Implant Costs
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that utilizes a titanium or ceramic post implanted in the jawbone to anchor a custom single-tooth or multi-tooth restoration. Dr. Webster can attach single crowns, bridges, and full arch dentures (implant supported dentures) to implant posts to create natural-looking, long-lasting results that feel and function like real teeth.
The benefits of dental implants are considerable and include:
- Improved Appearance – Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved Speech – With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved Comfort – Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier Eating – Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Prevent Bone Death – Dental Implants preserve bone mass through the jaw which preserves the shape of the face.
- Improved Self-Esteem – Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved Oral Health – Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Function – Dental Implants not only look and feel like your natural teeth, they function like your own teeth as well, unlike alternatives that are esthetic only.
- Durability – Implants are very durable and have a success rate of 98%. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Convenience – Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Patients who are ideal candidates for dental implants are in need of tooth replacement for one or multiple teeth, have good overall oral health, and have adequate jawbone density to support an implant (or implants). To find out if dental implants are right for you, a comprehensive evaluation must be performed by Dr. Webster during an in-person appointment. The evaluation process involves a full dental examination that includes 3D scans with our advanced cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) system. This assessment can determine whether dental implants (or another tooth replacement approach) are well-suited for restoring your smile. Some patients—such as those with gingival infections, jawbone loss, teeth requiring extraction, and other concerns—may require other treatments to improve dental health and bone structure before dental implants can be placed. Dr. Webster will fully address your concerns and lay out a plan that can help you achieve your goals at the time of the consultation.
What Types of Dental Implants Are Available?
At Kelowna Dental Centre, we offer both titanium and ceramic dental implant options. While titanium implant posts can provide successful outcomes and are considered the more traditional implant choice, ceramic dental implant posts are a more recent advancement and offer a unique set of benefits—including both aesthetic and hypoallergenic advantages for proper candidates. The tooth-colored ceramic material is hypoallergenic (which may be preferable for patients with metal allergies), and the light color can eliminate the potential for darkening along the gumline. Dr. Webster will fully explain your options and suggest the type of implant post that can deliver the best possible outcome at the time of your consultation.
What Are My Tooth Replacement Options with Dental Implants?
Based on the condition of your jawbone, dental needs, and tooth replacement goals, the following options may be included in your dental implant treatment plan:
Single-Tooth Replacement with Implant Crowns
Using one implant post, a crown prosthesis can be attached to replace a single missing tooth.
Multi-Tooth Replacement with Implant Bridges or Implant Supported Dentures
Using two or more implant posts, a bridge prosthesis can be attached to replace two or more adjacent teeth. For restoration of an entire upper or lower arch of teeth, four or more dental implants can secure a denture prosthesis.
Full Mouth Reconstruction with Implant Supported Dentures
When replacing all of the upper and lower teeth, implant supported dentures often provide the most cost effective solution for full mouth reconstruction. Typically four or more implant posts are necessary to provide adequate support for each denture prosthesis. Implant supported dentures are also a great option for individuals with too much jawbone atrophy to support a full mouth of single implant crowns.
How Is Dental Implant Treatment Planning Done?
With dental implants, proper planning is the foundation for successful results. Accurate and detailed planning of your dental implant treatment can help to ensure the best possible procedure outcome. Our dentists use state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology, including three-dimensional CBCT (cone-beam computed tomography) imaging and digital panoramic radiographs, to carefully evaluate the condition of your teeth, jawbone, and other facial structures and precisely plan your implant placement surgery. Proper implant placement can reduce complications, improve comfort, support implant longevity, and enhance implant success rates.
Your implant dentist will take the time to discuss your treatment plan, using imaging to help explain some of the choices that were made. The goal during treatment planning is always to develop a strategy that aligns with your needs, expectations, and budget to create healthy, functional, and beautiful replacement teeth that can potentially last for a lifetime.
What Are Potential Preliminary Treatments for Dental Implants?
Before dental implants can be surgically placed, you may require certain dental treatments or procedures to improve your oral health, remove teeth, and/or build up your jawbone structure. These preliminary treatments help prepare your mouth for surgery, minimize the potential for complications, and support the most successful end result.
Procedures that are commonly performed as preliminary treatments for dental implants may include:
- Tooth Extractions – Removing badly damaged or unwanted teeth must occur prior to dental implant surgery. The type of tooth and the condition it is in will determine the approach used to remove it. Bone grafts are also often placed (socket preservation) once the tooth is removed to reinforce the jawbone and achieve full healing of the area.
- Socket Preservation – Socket preservation is a bone grafting technique that fills an empty tooth socket with healthy bone material. This procedure is designed to prevent the socket from degenerating and also provide sufficient support for the placement of a dental implant. Socket preservation can be performed immediately after a tooth is extracted or to restore an empty socket left behind by a tooth that was lost or extracted previously.
- Bone Grafting – Bone grafting describes a variety of treatments that use either donor tissue, synthetic material, or the patient’s own harvested bone to rebuild damaged or atrophied jawbone structure. Insufficient jawbone structure to support a dental implant can occur for several reasons, including missing teeth, periodontal disease, and trauma.
- Ridge Augmentation – Ridge augmentation is a type of bone grafting in which bone tissue is used to expand the width of the jawbone ridge to better support a dental implant.
- Sinus Lift – Sinus lift is another type of bone grafting which places bone tissue along the bottom of the sinus cavity. This procedure adds volume and support for dental implants being placed in the upper jaw.
What Happens During the Dental Implant Procedure?
Before the dental implant procedure begins, a local anesthetic will be applied to completely numb the mouth. You may also have the option of sedation dentistry to deeply relax you (or even put you to sleep) throughout the treatment. Next, the predetermined number of dental implant posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone according to the precise details of your treatment plan. The posts are then allowed to heal for a period of up to about six months (this length of time can vary), until the bone tissue has fully fused with the implant—a process known as osseointegration. A temporary false tooth (or teeth) can conceal the area as it heals, and specialized abutments assist the gum tissue around the implant in healing prior to the placement of the final abutment. Additionally, the use of advanced PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment during the implant surgery helps to enhance the tissue regeneration process and expedite a successful recovery. Once osseointegration is complete, the final abutment is attached to each post, and the custom restoration(s) can be fixed into place to complete your smile.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
At Kelowna Dental Centre, the costs for dental implants vary based on your specific needs and a consultation is necessary to receive a personalized treatment plan estimate. Each dental implant plan is highly customized for the individual and must take into account a variety of factors, such as:
- The number of implant posts needed
- The type of implants utilized
- Costs for anaesthesia and/or sedation
- Any dental treatments required before implantation can be performed
- The type and number of restorations placed
At the end of your first appointment, you will be provided with a cost estimate for your proposed dental implant treatment plan. In some cases, your dental insurance may cover a portion of your treatment, and while our office team can answer generic questions you may have regarding pricing, we encourage you to contact your human resources coordinator or insurance company directly to get specific information about your coverage. We are also happy to discuss the methods of payment we accept, which include major credit cards, debit cards, and cash.
Are you considering dental implants? Contact Kelowna Dental Center to schedule an appointment to learn more about the procedure and find out if you are a good candidate.