St. James Oral Surgery, Implantology and Dental Clinic

Implantology

Don't miss life because of missing teeth, say "YES!" to Dental Implants. Experience the natural look and feel of Dental Implants. Whether you're missing one tooth or all your teeth, implants offer you the most natural looking option.

Implants can help to improve your overall quality of life. They can:

  • Help prevent bone loss.
  • Allow you to bite and chew naturally.
  • Allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again.
  • Help to improve your eating habits.
  • Help keep other teeth in position.
  • Allow you to speak naturally and feel like yourself.
  • Help you to feel more attractive.
  • Provide a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Simply help you enjoy life to the fullest.

Prevent Bone Loss

When a tooth is lost there are no longer any forces pushing on the bone, so it begins to deteriorate, like your muscles losing strength and mass when they’re not exercised. The loss of bone will continue and may eventually change your smile. Teeth on both sides can begin to move inward causing additional gaps and an unsightly appearance.

Dental Implants act like a root. The traditional option for replacing a missing tooth is a cement-retained bridge. While a bridge will successfully replace the crown of the missing tooth, it does not replace the root of the tooth. The consequence of not  replacing the root is that bone loss can occur, leaving a dark and unappealing space at the gumline.

A dental implant is the only option for replacing a missing tooth that replaces both the crown and root. The implant acts like a natural tooth root to transfer forces and help keep the bone healthy.

Evidence of bone loss due to missing teeth is obvious in people who have lost all of their teeth. The collapse of facial contours that results from bone loss can severely affect your appearance.

Help Preserve Healthy Teeth

With traditional bridges, teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are ground down in order to provide support for the bridge. This means that healthy teeth are compromised by the removal of tooth structure. Traditional bridges will eventually lead to bone loss under the unsupported tooth. This can result in an unattractive dark space at the gumline.

Bridge vs Crown Sequence

Implants offer many benefits over a traditional bridge. In addition to helping to preserve bone by replacing the root, dental implants also offer a more conservative treatment option for replacing missing teeth compared to a traditional bridge.

With implants, there’s no need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth. The implant acts as a root to help prevent bone deterioration and delivers long-lasting beautiful teeth.

Missing tooth Implant Base Implant Crown

Choose from various treatment methods:

  • Single crowns
  • Small bridgework
  • Full mouth fixed bridgework
  • Implant supported dentures

Simple and Comfortable Procudure to improve the quality of life in five simple steps:

  1. Case planning.
  2. Implant placement.
  3. Healing period.
  4. Placement of abutment on which the final crown will be placed.
  5. Final crown – the beautiful new tooth is placed and you’re done.

There is no reason not so say YES to Dental Implants.

Before and after implants:

Before Implants After Implants

Will I be able to eat normally during the healing process?

Yes. In most cases, you may eat what you like. You may be asked to avoid chewing in the area where the implants are placed for a short period after surgery, but once that time has passed, you can chew your food as usual.

Can I get a temporary tooth to fill the gap during healing?

Yes. In most instances, you can be provided with a temporary tooth to fill the area of the missing crown while the implant is healing. Your dentist will recommend the option for a temporary that is best suited for your situation.

Is Dental Implantation a common surgical procedure?

Yes. This procedure has been performed for decades on millions of patients. Implant specialists have extensive experience, and the modern implants are a result of 40 years of research and documented dental success.

Is the procedure relatively pain free?

Yes. Many patients report that having a tooth extraction is much more traumatic than having an implant placed. The procedure is usually performed in the dental office under local anesthesia.

How much is it worth to you...

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 generally a more cost effective solution in the long term.

What does an implant-supported restoration cost?

Since each patient has different needs and priorities, dental implant treatment and the corresponding costs differ as well. You should receive a cost estimate from your dental professional when he/she decides what treatment is right for you. Some factors that influence costs are the following:

  1. The number of implants needed.
  2. The type of implants used.
  3. The type of replacement teeth desired.
  4. Additional procedures (like bone grafting) that may be necessary.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. The best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free from gum disease. Smoking is detrimental to healing but is not an absolute contraindication. Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Your dentist can determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

What is the treatment like?

Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your dentist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. The total time for treatment can range anywhere between six weeks to over a year depending on the complexity of treatment. It will be important for you to work as a team with your dentist to reach your treatment goals.

What can I expect after?

As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply! Regular dental visits will be required as you would do for your teeth.