Dental Implants: A Permanent Solution
At Sonata Dental, we want to help each of our patients love their smiles. For patients experiencing tooth loss, Dr. Lawrence Lai offers surgical dental implant placement in Airdrie to help restore your smile.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Are you missing one or more of your teeth? If you are considering dental implants in Airdrie or Calgary, we can help you determine if you are a good candidate. We also offer many common preparatory procedures such as bone grafting and sinus lifts to help improve your chances of dental implant success. Dental implants can offer benefits like:
- Durable, long lasting wear
- Regeneration of bone density
- Easier eating and speaking (less denture slippage)
- Can look and feel more like natural teeth than other restorations
The best candidate for dental implants is in good oral and overall health and has adequate bone density in the jaw.
Regular brushing, flossing, and preventive checkups allow some people to maintain their natural smiles for a lifetime. However, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up with our busy lifestyles! If you’ve lost a tooth (or teeth) due to injury or decay, dental implants could be the right solution to help repair your oral health and rejuvenate your smile.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are natural-looking, permanent tooth replacements. Their parts include a "root," an abutment, and a crown. Titanium posts implanted in your jaw serve as replacement “tooth roots”, providing anchors for your new tooth, bridge or denture. Each post is topped with an abutment that supports a dental crown, providing a stable chewing surface and restoring the appearance of the missing tooth.
In cases of tooth loss, your jaw tends to lose bone mass over time. Dental implants also offer the added benefit of stimulating new jaw bone growth. The biocompatible titanium composition of the implant post allows it to fuse with the jaw in a process called osseointegration, becoming a naturalized part of your oral anatomy.
Dental implants can be used as singular tooth replacements, or multiple implants can be placed to support a fixed, permanent prothesis such as a bridge or denture. Known as overdentures, implant-retained dentures or hybrid dentures, many patients find fixed denture options more lifestyle friendly than conventional dentures. Because the denture is anchored to the implants, it slips and slides less, causing the wearer less preoccupation.
What Types of Dental Implants Does Sonata Dental Offer?
Sonata Dental offers customized dental implant solutions for our Airdrie and Calgary patients. Dr. Lai can place singular or multiple implants (including popular implant-retained style options) to support your permanent prosthesis.
Our Teeth in a Day option features 4-6 implants on your upper and/or lower jaw, allowing you to wear your temporary prosthesis on the same day as surgery. Please keep in mind that planning prior to your surgery will take several months, and your final prosthesis will not be placed for weeks afterwards and will need to be fitted.
Considerations About Dental Implants
While dental implants deliver transformative results for many people, they are also not without their risks. As with any surgery, infection is a risk. In some cases, the body can reject the dental implant. Dental implants may require adjustment, and parts may require replacement over time. Before you consent to treatment, Dr. Lai will fully discuss with you all potential complications of dental implants, particularly as they apply to your unique anatomy and medical history.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, particularly those with gum disease, poor bone density in the jaw, those taking certain medications and those who have trouble healing after surgery. Sonata Dental offers several surgical options to improve the odds of dental implant installation for those who may otherwise not be good candidates.
Bone Grafting/Bone Augmentation for Dental Implants
Patients who have suffered periodontal disease and/or tooth loss, or who have worn dentures for many years, may need to undergo a bone graft surgery to prepare their jaw(s) to successfully and strongly support dental implants. This surgery may be done in conjunction with your dental implant surgery, or it may need to occur months beforehand depending on your specific case. During a bone graft, Dr. Lai will transplant a section of bone from another area of your body and graft it onto your jaw bone. Over time, the graft ideally stimulates enough new bone growth for your jaw to safely support a dental implant.
Ridge Augmentation/Ridge Expansion for Dental Implants
When the natural contour of the gums has been compromised by tooth loss or trauma, ridge augmentation allows dentists to rebuild their height and width. With tooth loss, the ridge can resorb and become too thin to place dental implants, requiring surgical intervention to widen it adequately. Dr. Lai can apply a bone graft to help restore the shape and strength of your jaw in preparation for dental implants. Most patients can expect their post-operative healing time to be 6 months, however, some people will need more time to heal.
Sinus Grafting/Sinus Lifts for Dental Implants
Sinus lift surgery can increase the height of the bone in your upper back jaw, raising the sinus floor and stimulating new bone growth in the area. The goal of this grafting surgery is to allow adequate space and bone density for the installation of dental implants. Healing time typically takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months. In some cases, the sinus augmentation can occur concurrently with dental implant surgery.
Socket Grafting Following Tooth Extraction for Dental Implants
If you anticipate that you will need dental implants and are undergoing extractions, socket grafting may be an excellent choice to preserve your bone density. Socket grafting, also known as socket preservation, is intended to prevent bone resorption. Normally when a tooth is removed, the body stops supporting the maintenance of the bone where the tooth used to be, resulting in shrinkage of bone mass in the jaw. By grafting new bone into the empty socket after an extraction, Dr. Lai ideally helps prevent our patients from needing more extensive oral surgeries in the future.
All oral surgeries carry risk and sometimes bone grafts fail. Dr. Lai will discuss your case more in depth after assessing your oral environment and anatomy.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The simple answer to how much dental implants cost is this: it depends. Just like any surgery, there are numerous factors that can influence the cost of dental implants. We can provide you an accurate estimate after a consultation with Dr. Lai. Considerations include:
- The quality, amount, and location of bone. If you require bone grafting, the total costs associated with your implants will be higher.
- The number of teeth that need to be replaced and the type of dental implant that will be used.
- Dental insurance. Some insurances cover only parts of implant treatment, or have a waiting period for eligibility.
If you're concerned about the cost of dental implants, call our Airdrie Alberta dental practice to schedule a consultation. We'll take the time to determine whether you're a good candidate for implants, and discuss all of your financial options with you.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation With Sonata Dental Today!
If you have questions about dental implants, Invisalign or any other services Sonata Dental offers, give our Airdrie dental office a call. We offer Invisalign starting from a baseline cost of $3,900 a year, and dental implants starting from a baseline cost of $1,000.
A consultation with Dr. Lai is the perfect way to learn more about your prospective costs and dental implant candidacy. Call today to determine if dental implants could be the best solution for your smile!