The Top Dental Implants' Frequently Asked Questions in Toronto, Ontario

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How much do dental implants cost? 

The cost for a single implant starts at $1,600 depending on brand and type of implant, method of dental implant placement, and type of implant restoration. Other factors can contribute to final cost, for example screw-retained implant crowns (can easily be removed by the dentist if necessary), all porcelain or zirconia implant crowns, need for bone grafting etc..

What are dental implants? 

It is easiest to think of a dental implant as simply an "artificial tooth root", to which various restorations (crowns or bridges) can be attached to form the final artificial tooth (teeth).

Are dental implants affordable?

Yes. Costs of implants have come down over the past 10 years or so. Better technology & techniques also makes dental implants less invasive and easier for the patient.

Are titanium dental implants safe? 

Yes. There are few known reactions to titanium. Titanium is widely used in other medical devices such as artificial knee or hip joints etc.

Can I get dental implants with bone loss? 

Yes. But you need to treat the cause of bone loss before you place an implant or the implant could fail if the bone loss continues around the implants.

Do dental implants feel natural? 

Yes. Properly placed dental implants and restorations can feel as natural as your tooth. 

How are dental implants made? 

Dental implants are made my machining commercially pure (99% pure) titanium into the desired shape and then treating the surface in a number of ways.

How do one day dental implants work? 

Immediate implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth is removed if conditions are favourable (no infection, good bone quantity and quality etc.)

How long do dental implants take to heal? 

It take a dental implant from 6-9 months after placement to fully fuse with the bone, a process called osseo-integration.

How much do ceramic dental implants cost?

Ceramic implants are not widely used currently, but a lot of research is being done on them to determine long term success. Titanium implants have more than 50 years of research and data to support their use.

How much do full mouth dental implants cost?

 This will depend on how many implants are necessary, what kind of restoration is best for your situation, bone quality and quantity etc. but costs usually range from $25,ooo - $35,000 for a full upper or lower arch

How old is too old for dental implants? 

Almost never too old. Patients in their late 80's or early 90's have successfully had dental implants.

How to get free dental implants? 

You get what you pay for!

How well do dental implants work? 

 

Very well! Currently, a Dental implant is the best method we have of replacing a lost tooth.

What insurance covers dental implants? 

This varies widely. Its is best to send a predetermination (estimate) to your insurance company before starting treatment is this a concern for you.

What is the average cost of dental implants per tooth? 

Total final cost for a single tooth ranges from ~$2500- ~$3500 for implant abutment and final crown

What material are dental implants made of? 

The vast majority are made of titanium, but other materials such as zirconia are being investigated

Why do dental implants take so long​?

Using today's technology, dental implants can be placed quite quickly! Healing time can vary if bone quality is not very good.

Can you get dental implants after dentures? 

Yes. But you need enough bone to support the implants. A 3D X-Ray can help evaluate your bone (and plan for computer-guided implants in areas of minimal bone).

How are bone grafts for dental implants done? 

Depending on the situation, bone grafting can be done before implants aree placed or done at the same time as implant placement.

How are dental implants installed? 

Dental implants are placed directly into the bone. Older methods involve cutting the gums and peeling them back to expose the bone for evaluation and placing the implant "by eye". Today's computer-guided technology allows implant placement without large incisions and without peeling back the gums to expose the bone.

How do dental implants work with dentures?

 

As few as two implants can be used to support (anchor) a denture to make is more stable. However, the dentures will still rest partially on the gums and can still "pinch" the gums when hard foods are chewed.

How do full dental implants work?

4 to 6 implants can be used to support a full implant bridge which replaces all of the upper teeth or all of the lower teeth.

How do they do dental implants in one day? 

"Implants in a day" or "Teeth in a day" usually refers to the process of placing 4-6 implants and building a (temporary or transitional) bridge that is attached to the implants the same day.

How long is the process of getting dental implants?

 

 A single implant can be placed in as little as 10 minutes if computer-guided implant placement technology is used! It takes longer when traditional methods are used as this involves cutting the gums and peeling them back to expose the bone and then placing the implant "by eye". Healing time is determined by the quality of bone and the stability of the implant

How much do all on 4 dental implants cost?

Costs usually start at ~$25,000 for an "All-on-4" procedure with a hybrid bridge (acrylic bridge reinforced with a metal bar). More implants and stronger more sophisticated bridges will increase the cost.

What are dental implants used for? 

To replace missing teeth. It is easiest to think of a dental implant as simply an "artificial tooth root", to which various restorations (crowns or bridges) can be attached to form the final artificial tooth (teeth).

What is all on 4 dental implants? 

It is the procedure in which 4 to 6 implants are used to support a full implant bridge which replaces all of the upper teeth or all of the lower teeth.

Why dental implants? 

Today it is almost universally agreed that a dental implant is the best way of replacing a missing tooth. Other options are fixed bridges supported by adjacent teeth (need to shave these teeth down) and removable dentures.

Can you get dental implants after wearing dentures? 

Yes. But you need enough bone to support the implants. A 3D X-Ray can help evaluate your bone (and plan for computer-guided implants in areas of minimal bone).

Can you remove dental implants?

Yes. But it usually involves cutting the bone around the implants.

How long do mini dental implants last?

Mini Dental Implants were initially intended for temporary use and to stabilize complete dentures. Today some dentists are using them as a permanent method of denture retention. There are many limitations to using them, however, as they are too narrow to allow attachments to be screwed into them.

How much do dental implants cost for whole mouth? 

Costs usually start at ~$25,000 for an "All-on-4" procedure with a hybrid bridge (acrylic bridge reinforced with a metal bar). More implants and stronger more sophisticated bridges will increase the cost. Upper and Lower Bridges will obviously double the cost.

What is the recovery time for dental implants? 

Recovery time usually depend on the type of surgery performed. There can be virtually no down time

Who is not a good candidate for dental implants? 

Almost everyone can have dental implants, but your dentist will do a thorough assessment of your dental health and medication history to see if any precautions are necessary for your situation.

Will dental implants become cheaper?

Not likely. They have decreased in cost since their introduction because some of the original patents expired, and there is now competition between implant manufacturers. Lower prices might compromise quality.

Will dental implants stop bone loss? 

No. if there is uncontrolled periodontal disease, implants will likely be lost. Periodontal disease should be under control before dental implants are placed.

Are dental implants a good idea? 

Yes. Today it is almost universally agreed that a dental implant is the best way of replacing a missing tooth. Other options are fixed bridges supported by adjacent teeth (need to shave these teeth down) and removable dentures.

Are dental implants safe for diabetics? 

Yes. But care must be taken to minimize infections after implant placement so as to decrease the chances of implant failure. Non-invasive

Are dental implants worth it? 

Yes. If properly done and cared for, they should serve you well for a long time!

Are mini dental implants good?

Mini Dental Implants were initially intended for temporary use and to stabilize complete dentures. Today some dentists are using them as a permanent method of denture retention. There are many limitations to using them, however, as they are too narrow to allow attachments to be screwed into them.

Can I get dental implants if I have osteoporosis? 

Yes. But they may need longer to integrate and should be tested before the final implant crowns are placed.


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