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Dental Implants Ottawa

At Capital Periodontics in Ottawa, we specialize in the placement of dental implants. Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots. They can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, support a denture or restore an entire mouth.  Dental implants are made of primarily titanium. Titanium, unlike other metals, is not rejected by the body. Titanium is very strong and is biologically inert.

At the consultation appointment, we will assess the health of the gums and remaining teeth.  The periodontist will assess whether dental implants are the right choice for you.  At this appointment, we will also discuss your overall oral health.  The periodontist will also discuss treatment options and treatment recommendations, including the risks and benefits of dental implants.  We will make sure all your questions are answered.

What is Bone Grafting?

Adequate bone volume must be present in the area of the missing teeth in order to support the future implant.  Following tooth loss, the patient’s bone and gums in the area of the missing tooth tend to shrink.  In cases where there is not enough remaining bone to support a dental implant an additional procedure may be needed. This procedure is called bone grafting which is performed to rebuild the bone.  This can be done as a separate procedure, or simultaneously with the placement of the dental implant.

What is a Sinus Lift?

Sinus lift surgery can help increase bone levels by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. In one common technique, an incision is made to expose the bone. Then a small circle is cut into the bone. This bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity, much like a trap door, and the space underneath is filled with bone graft material. Your periodontist can explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.

Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to twelve months before implants can be placed. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.

Undergoing sinus lift surgery has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure.

 

What Can I Expect?

Following the placement of a dental implant, the implant must be allowed to fuse with the jaw bone for a period of 3 to 6 months.  Once the implant has fused to the bone, the final restoration could be connected to the implant. Temporary tooth replacement can be made for the healing period, sometimes using the implant while it is healing. Therefore, you will never have to be without teeth during the process.

The placement of dental implants is typically a minor oral surgical procedure.  It is very well tolerated by patients when performed by a properly trained dental specialist.  A significant portion of the graduate training program in periodontology is devoted to bone grafting and dental implants.  Because it is so well tolerated, in most cases dental implant surgery can be performed with only local anaesthetics.  Sedation is always available for anxious patients.  Implants have been around for over 40 years, and the technology is constantly improving, providing faster healing times and better aesthetic results.  An implant’s greatest advantage over conventional bridges, is that the adjacent teeth don’t need to be shaved to support a replacement for the missing tooth.

Dental Implants Before And After:

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What is the cost of a Dental Implant?

During your consultation appointment, you will be given a full treatment plan with the associated costs of treatment at each stage.  Without the consultation, it is impossible to provide the full price of the dental implant because the cost of the implant will depend upon the type of treatment required.  A straight forward implant, with adequate bone, would be less expensive than an implant and bone grafting procedure.  In addition, more complex cases may require a CT (Cone Beam Technology) or a surgical guide which affects the cost of the dental implant as well.

Why see a Periodontist/Dental Implant Specialist?

All periodontists are Board Certified Specialist.  To become a periodontist, one must spend three years of full time residency at an accredited university program (this is after completing dental school).  During that time, a significant portion is dedicated to implant dentistry both at a theoretical and practical level.  This level of training cannot be compared to weekend courses offered to dentists.  Studies have shown that dental implant failure and complications are related to the level of experience of the implant surgeon and restoring dentist. A large portion of periodontal practice is dedicated to all aspects of dental implants, resulting in significant gain in experience which translate to higher success rates with fewer complications.  The success rate of dental implants in our practice is over 99%.

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