Do You Have Missing Teeth?
Many adults who have reached middle age have lost one or more of their permanent teeth. Tooth loss may be the result of tooth decay, an injury, or gum disease. Fortunately, there are some permanent tooth replacement solutions available for adults with missing teeth.
Dental Implant Procedure in West Vancouver, BC
Dr. Dhillon and Dr. Seddon may recommend dental implants as a tooth replacement procedure because implants restore the function and appearance of the smile without complications. They are now a preferred method over dentures and bridges for replacing missing teeth in adults.
Understanding Tooth Loss and Implants
More than two-thirds of the adult population ends up losing at least one tooth by the time they reach their mid-30s or early 40s. Many end up losing all of their teeth by the time they reach their mid-70s. Today’s advances in dentistry allow us to replace missing teeth with dentures, fixed bridges, and dental implants so that the patient is able to eat and speak clearly.
However, it is important to note that some of these tooth replacement procedures are not without complications. For instance, dentures can make clicking sounds if they are shifting around in the mouth and are not fitted properly. Bridges require grinding down healthy teeth and this can trigger other oral health problems.
Dental implants deliver predictable and long-lasting results. The titanium implant is fused directly into the jawbone and is designed to look just like your real teeth. They also stimulate the jaw bone so there is no risk of bone deterioration. Learn more about effective tooth replacement procedures by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Seddon and Dr. Dhillon today.
Implants are artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium. When placed, bone and bone cells will grow right against the material and amalgamate with the titanium. The body does not reject the material nor recognize it as foreign. Titanium is also the only material that can support biting forces when placed in the mouth.
Titanium alloy material is superior to surgical stainless steel. Although it has been used in medicine for years for pins and artificial joints, stainless steel is only tolerated by the body. Unlike with titanium the bone does not fuse with it. Surgical stainless steel is great for joints, but it will not withstand the pressures and forces put it on by the teeth.
The procedure for getting a dental implant is straightforward. Once the implant is placed in the bone, a healing cap is put on it to allow for the bone to integrate with the implant.
Dental implants restore proper chewing function and are the closest thing to natural teeth. Having implants stops progressive bone loss, improves appearance and can improve speech.
Dental Implant Cost
Factors that Affect Tooth Implant Cost
There are several factors that can affect the cost of dental implants and we can help you make payment
arrangements if needed. Some factors that affect tooth implant cost include:
- Number of teeth involved
- Bone loss
- Type of tooth replacement procedure
- Sinus lift
- Presence of periodontal disease
- Need for extractions
- Being edentulous
Dental Implants Cost in West Vancouver, BC
The following factors can affect tooth implant cost:
- Number of teeth involved – the more teeth that need to be replaced, the more expensive the cost of dental implants can be
- Extent of bone loss – the cost of dental implants can fluctuate if you have experienced a significant amount of bone loss
- Type of procedure – your tooth implant cost will fluctuate depending on the type of procedure you are having
- Sinus lift – the cost of dental implants will be higher if you need to undergo a sinus lift before your tooth replacement procedure
- Presence of periodontal disease – your dental implant success rate will be much higher if you get treated for periodontal disease. Dr. Tina Dhillon my recommend periodontal therapies or gum disease treatment as part of your treatment plan
- Need for extractions – if you need to have teeth removed before your procedure, your tooth implant cost will be higher than the average
- Being edentulous – if you do not have any teeth at all, you may need more aggressive treatment which will affect your total cost of treatment
For more information about your tooth implant cost and treatment options, schedule your consultation with Dr. Dhillon today!