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Dental Implants

These are titanium posts which are placed into the bone underneath the gum. Bone then grows around the implant (3months in lower jaw, 6months in upper jaw).  After successful integration of the bone and implant, crowns or bridges are then placed above the implants to replace the missing teeth.

Benefits:

  • Outcome: predictable, most natural feeling.
  • Longevity: lasts the longest (89% success rate over 40 years)
  • Oral health: does not damage adjacent teeth, helps preserve bone.
  • Financial: cost effective long term (based on average failure rates of alternative options)

What to expect:

  • 2-3 appointments over a 6 month period.

What you should know

  • Dental implants are the Gold Standard for tooth replacement.
  • They are the most expensive tooth replacement option. Professional fees: $4,000-$6,000
  • Requires high quality and quantity of bone (additional bone may need to be placed if there is too little)
  • Diabetics: not suitable if diabetes is poorly controlled.
  • Smokers: have a 25% failure rate.