Hamilton Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients with one or more missing teeth an opportunity to permanently repair the appearance and function of their smile. No more shying away from the cameras. All eyes will be on your new and improved teeth, and for good reason.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that will be surgically attached to your jawbone. You can have more than just one implant. In fact, they’re a great way to promote a healthy jawbone and facial structure.
Missing teeth for a long period of time can drastically affect the strength of your jawbone and cause cheeks and lips to collapse over time. Even patients who’ve worn removable dentures (full or partial) complain about noticing a difference in their facial structure, whereas dental implants completely replace the root of your tooth.
Once your jaw has healed and accepted the implant, we can attach a crown to the abutment. In the meantime, you’ll be given a temporary crown. It’s not recommended you eat hard, crunchy or chewy foods while wearing a temporary crown, drink from a straw, or smoke. Smoking can increase the risk of your jawbone not accepting the screw.
Dental crowns are often made from porcelain (but we’ll discuss the best materials for you) and look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. They’re visually appealing, durable and long-lasting. With proper care, dental implants can last upwards of 25 years or more.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants have a 98% success rate. Success rates will lower depending on your oral health or rare complications. If you’re a heavy smoker, have uncontrolled diabetes other immune disorders or gum disease, we may need to discuss other tooth replacement options.
Titanium is a popular medical material because of its durability, flexibility, and non-toxic properties. Only under very extreme (and rare) inflammation cases or an allergic reaction can it break down in the body.
When A Bone Graft May Be Needed
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. One of the ways we determine this is why looking at your jawbone. But in some cases where it’s not strong enough, we can take a bone graft from another part of your body, a donor, or synthetic materials, and attach it to the jawbone.
Recovery time will vary per patient, but this typically takes around six months until you’re able to have an implant attached. It’s imperative you follow aftercare instructions thoroughly to allow for an uninterrupted heal time.
The Cost Of Dental Implants
Patients don’t often have implant coverage under their benefit plans, but the cost for a dental implant can range (depending on how many you need). Because we’re dedicated to patient satisfaction, we offer comfortable and flexible payment plans and will gladly discuss these costs and payment plans with you before proceeding with any surgeries.
Dental care costs shouldn’t affect your decision making. If you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Hamilton, we’ll make sure you receive the health care you deserve while remaining mindful of your budget.
Fun fact: Dentistry is much more advanced than it was in 1,000 BC! The first signs of dental implants appeared in an Egyptian king who had copper pegs hammered into his jawbone. Bamboo pegs were almost commonly used in 2,000 BC. Now, thanks to modern tools and equipment, we can undergo surgery more comfortably and receive dental crowns that look precisely like our natural teeth.