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How long does a dental implant process take?

We typically get patients asking how long the dental implant process takes.  Typically start-finish, the process can take anywhere from 3-6 months depending on the region of the mouth, the condition of the previous tooth and whether any bone grafting or augmentation procedures are needed.  Advances in dental implant procedures also allow for a process called immediate dental implants which are implants that are placed at the same time of tooth removal. This speeds up the recovery time as no second surgery is needed and costs are often less. Traditional Dental Implant procedure: Tooth that is compromised is removed and healing for 2-3 months occurs, if the tooth was previously extracted, we assess if the area needs any further bone grafting procedures which may or not be done at the same time of the dental implant placement. The dental implant is placed and the area heals generally for 3-6 months…

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Oct 8, 2014 by
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Sinus Lift Bone Grafting Explained

In certain areas of the jaw, often a procedure called a sinus lift bone graft is needed especially if a tooth has been missing for some time.  Often when a tooth is extracted in the upper jaw, the bone being quite soft, tends to shrink at a much faster rate than the lower jaw. When this is the case, we can use two procedures to regain the bone level back for dental implant procedures. 1-Lateral Window Approach Sinuses are are empty spaces that are located above the roots of upper back teeth. Sometimes the roots of upper back teeth also extend into the maxillary sinuses which to have a tenting effect of holding the sinus floor.  As the roots are removed, the sinus tends to drop.  We compensate for the drop of the sinus by placing dental implants instead.  The sinus floor is raised and a bone graft substitute either…

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Oct 8, 2014 by
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Dental Implants or a Denture? How to Choose?

Implant retained dentures, sometimes called implant overdentures, are an excellent solution where due to unforseen circumstances, we no longer have the option of using existing teeth to clasp a partial denture to.  Often in such cases, especially in the lower jaw we are left with a denture that is unstable.  Many factors can be attributed to this, such as muscles attached to the underside of the jaw that when are activated by the tongue moving, cause a lifting effect of the denture.  Unlike the upper jaw, where we can have the luxury of a ‘suction cup ‘ effect with a complete upper denture that covers the palate   (roof of the mouth), this is simply not an option with the lower. Small attachments are placed on top of each implant that act as clips for the retention of the denture.  The denture is inserted and removed no differently as before.  The dental implants…

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Oct 6, 2014 by
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Dental Implant or a Bridge? How to Choose?

Traditionally, a bridge involves reducing or ‘shaving’ down the teeth beside the missing tooth to support the bridge.  The advantage is that a bridge is quick solution that was done for years as the standard of care for missing teeth.  As Dental Implant technology improved, less bridges were being made since healthy teeth were needed to be damaged to support the bridge. We often find that teeth supporting a bridge are much more prone to decay(cavities) and need for further procedures like root canal treatment.  We can expect that the average bridge would last 10 years maximum.  Usually when a bridge has a failure , the entire bridge has to be removed or replaced, the teeth cleaned or prepared again and a new impression(mold) taken.  We can expect that these teeth can get weaker with each failure of a bridge. Costs wise, a dental bridge and dental implant for a…

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What are Dental Implants Bowmanville

So what exactly are dental implants? Dental Implants are titanium anchors which replace roots of missing teeth.  Dental Implants made of titanium have the interesting property of new bone growth against them over several months.  This strong bond allows us to place a tooth over top of the implant. In the case of a missing tooth, we have a post or ‘abutment’ that is attached to the implant through a titanium screw that fits inside the implant.  The unique aspect of dental implants is that they prevent further bone loss unlike dentures or bridges. Dental Implants have been around for some time, and there are several manufacturers of these products.  Cheapest does not mean it is better also, as ensuring you have a reputable company with a long standing history is key in case future followups for parts are needed. The sucess rates of dental implants can vary, depending on…

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Oct 6, 2014 by
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