What are Dental Implants?
In Layman's terms, dental implants are little screws that are placed into the jawbone in order to hold a permanent crown in place of a tooth that has been lost.
In order to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant it's necessary to have a study known as a Conebeam done that will tell us the conditions of your bones.
It must be noted, however, that not everyone is qualified to get dental implants, if sufficient bone loss has occurred then there is no bone to attach the screws to, and that means that there is nothing for the screw to hold onto so that it can do its job.
How long does it take?
As seen in the video, Implants take months to complete and around 4 appointments of 30 to 40 minutes each. The reason for this is due to how long it takes the bone to heal around the implant. There is no rushing this procedure, your body needs the time it needs to heal.
Anesthesia will be needed.
The approximate cost of the implant placement and healing cap surgeries is $950 USD, the crown on the implant and specialized abutment required is $670, for a total of $1,620 USD each.
Taking care of your implants after they have been placed is VERY important.
DO NOT TOUCH IT! With anything, no food touching the area, no swishing water no sucking of any kind.
Swelling can inhibit the healing process of implants so keep swelling to a minimum with ice packs.
Pain control is very important, take the medication given to you by the doctor and take it as directed.
OverDentures over Implants
What is it? Overdentures can use remaining teeth or Implants to support the denture, Implants are placed into the bone and these are used to place the denture ontop of. A snap mechanism is used to anchor the teeth in your mouth. These anchors are held in place with implants and are very strong and sturdy.
What are they made out of? Acrylic and the snaps are made of metal
How much does it cost? Around $1,050 for a two snap denture (if more implants are used to hold the denture this price increases per snap) The price of implants will also increase the price of the full procedure depending on how many you need.
How long does it take? This process is unique to a patients situation. The time this can take varies from case to case. It can be around 6 appointments of 1 - 2 hour each Plus the time that it will take for your jaw to heal from the implants.
Is it done in house? We make the molds here in our clinic and have them sent to our partner lab to have the dentures made for your specific need. The implants are also placed here in the clinic
The Maxilarly (upper) sinus is a cavity in your bone that at times is in contact with the roots of your upper molars. At times, it is necessary to do work and place implants on the top jaw, and sometimes due to tooth loss or bone loss, the bone near the Sinus cavity isn't thick enough. So in order to finish your treatment, you will need to have more bone added. Much like a bone graft is placed inside of the space between the bone and the thin membrane inside the sinus cavity, and this will grow together and create the bone needed for the procedure.
It will also be necessary to get a Conebeam study done in order to see the full extent of the bone cavity.
How much does it cost? The price of a Sinus lift procedure changes greatly depending on how much material will be needed and how much bone needs to be grown. Due to this we can not give an accurate price range is it is solely dependent on how much you need. But you can rest assured it is above $600 most of the time.
Anesthesia: Yes, Anesthesia is needed. This procedure can also be done under Sedation.
How long does it take? The procedure itself does not take very long, it's the healing that can take months. Depending on how fast your body heals, it can take from 4-8 months for a sinus lift to fully heal enough to move onto the next step of your treatment. (the procedure itself takes on average 40 mins to 1 hr.)
Is it done in house? Yes.
It is very important to NOT TOUCH THE WOUND after a sinus lift or a bone graft. You must leave it alone as it heals. It is also important to only eat soft foods, nothing hard, nothing crunchy for at least a month.
Do not put pressure or heat on the wound or wound area.
Take your medication!
Food you can eat after a Bone graft.