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There’s a Better Alternative to Dentures

If you wear dentures, you’re familiar with the struggles that come with them.

If you’re sick and tired of goo, bad taste, and trying to maintain all of that plastic, dental implants may be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Yes, even if you’ve been told you don’t have enough bone for implants. New techniques and technology mean a secure, no-slip bite and smile are well within reach.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants replace a tooth (or multiple teeth) in your mouth.

Your dentist will administer some freezing to ensure that you don’t feel a thing. A hollow titanium screw will be placed into the bone in your jaw which will allow other parts of the implant to be connected.

The best option for you will take a variety of factors into consideration, including your budget and whether or not you’d like to be able to remove the implant.

Removable Dental Implants

Removable implants range from $10,000 to $25,000 for the upper and lower portions of your jaw. The cost depends on the number of implants used and the type of attachments used to hold them in place. To replace all the teeth in your mouth, it takes eight to 12 implants.

Depending on how retentive you would like your teeth to be, there are different attachments called abutments that are screwed onto each implant. These can be used to help attach a rigid bar above your gums for more stability.

Another alternative for removable dentures is something called the Conus Concept. You can unlock your implants with a “key” for daily cleaning. This also allows your dentist to create the smallest possible denture with the least amount of plastic out of all of the removable options.

Permanent Dental Implants

If you want a permanent option, you can choose to have the teeth screwed directly onto the implant.

When you arrive for surgery, any teeth that you have in your mouth will be removed, the implants are placed, and the temporary teeth are immediately attached. This procedure is also referred to as All-on-4.

This type of treatment mimics the feeling of natural teeth. After 4 to 12 months of healing, new impressions are made and the final teeth are constructed to screw on properly. These teeth can only be removed by your dentist.

Not every patient is a candidate for this surgery, since it requires many more implants to be placed. The cost can range from $30,000 to $40,000 for the top and bottom jaw respectively.

Can My Bone Structure Prevent Me From Getting Implants?

The bones in your jaw need to be a certain height and width to support each dental implant.

If you have been missing teeth for several years, your bone structure may have melted away, meaning that there is not enough bone in the jaw.

Don’t worry!

There are ways to add bone or move bone from one area to another to make implants possible. There are even longer implants that hold onto the bone in your upper jaw beyond where the teeth used to be.

How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Implants are one of the most successful dental procedures, falling in the high 90th percentile of success. However, some people may be at risk of rejecting the dentures. Some conditions that may cause a patient to have to take extra precautions are:

  • Smokers
  • Patients with uncontrolled diabetes
  • Patients with excessive gum disease in areas of the mouth where natural teeth remain
  • Patients with autoimmune disorders

Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

One of the biggest aversions people have to implants is the cost.

Many patients will suffer with ill-fitting dentures just to avoid spending thousands of dollars for their dream smile. When some dental implants can cost as much as a luxury car, it is easy to understand why people avoid them.

But think of the last car that you bought. Did you go to the dealership and hand over thousands of dollars on the spot or did you finance it over time?

Financing dental care makes it easy to breathe knowing that you don’t have to spend your savings on the care that you deserve right away.

Where Can I Get Dental Implants in Ottawa?

If you are ready to get a smile that makes you feel confident, contact Dr. Andrea Stevens today.

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