If you’re contemplating having dental implants to replace missing teeth or the uncomfortable set of dentures which have been driving you crazy, then you might be wondering just what is involved and what is the cost for dental implants.
So what should you expect during the dental implants surgery?
Placing implants and replacement teeth requires several processes and can take anywhere between 3-9 months and sometime longer. This sounds like an awfully long time but most of this period is spent waiting for the healing process.
Placing the implant
The implant has to be placed surgically in your jawbone and this may be done by a dental implants specialist or a periodontist. It is usually carried out under local anaesthetic either at your dental office or at a hospital but doesn’t require an overnight stay.
During the surgery the gum is cut open to reveal the bone and holes drilled into the bone where the implant post is to be placed. As the implant is taking on the role of an artificial tooth root it needs to be placed deep into the bone. At this point there is still a gap where your tooth is missing although you may be given a temporary denture for appearance sake.
The wait for bone growth
Once the post has been inserted a process known as osseointegration begins to take place where the jawbone start to fuse with the titanium post. It can take 2-6 months for it to become a solid base for your teeth, just like a root.
Placing the abutment
Once the osseointegration has taken place you may need more surgery to fit the abutment on which your prosthesis will be attached. Your dental implant dentist will have to re-open the gum to attach the abutment to the implant. The gum tissue is then stitched around the abutment and left to heal.
Once the gums are healed within about 2 weeks you’ll probably have more models made of your mouth and remaining teeth. This is so that a new tooth or teeth can be designed and made using the models of your mouth to take accurate measurements.
Choosing your new teeth
Together with your implant dentist you can choose from two type of replacement teeth. These are:
A removable implant prothesis
Similar to a conventional denture the artificial teeth are surrounded by a pink gum and mounted on a metal frame which slots firmly in place on to the abutment. Easily removed for cleaning it’s a good choice for the lower jaw when several teeth are missing
fixed implant prosthesis
This is where a man made tooth is screwed or cemented permanently in place on the abutment. It can’t be removed and is cared for the same as natural teeth. If money isn’t too much of an issue you can have several teeth replaced in this way with each tooth having it’s own abutment.
Dental implants enjoy a high success rate although smoking can contribute to complications or failure. Typically implants can cost anywhere from $3,000 and upwards. However, the good news is that our innovative marketing system can put you in touch with local dentists willing to participate in a new system which provides cheap dental implants for everyday people to afford.