Dental Implants — Brampton, ON
The Most Complete Tooth Replacement
For patients who are serious about addressing their tooth loss, they should really only consider one treatment: dental implants. In short, they are the most advanced replacement available today, able to deliver the strongest, best looking, and most durable results by far. With them, it won’t just feel like you’ve replaced your teeth, it will feel like you’ve gotten your real teeth back. To learn more about implants and how we can use them to rebuild your smile, contact Salvaggio Dentistry today.
Why Choose Salvaggio Dentistry For Dental Implants?
- Entire Procedure Performed Under One Roof
- FREE Dental Implant Consultation
- Seamlessly Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are the only tooth replacement option that can replace the entire missing structure of a tooth, not just the visible portion above the gumline. A dental implant is comprised of three parts: an implant post, abutment, and final restoration. The dental implant post is surgically inserted into your jawbone to mimic the roots of your missing tooth. On top of the post is a small connector piece called an abutment, which fastens your final restoration in place. Your final restoration will be a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture depending on the extent of your tooth loss. Rebuilding your pearly whites from the roots up gives you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural. That’s why they’re widely considered to be the gold standard of tooth replacement!
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Our team has received advanced training to perform the entire implant procedure right here at Salvaggio Dentistry. This saves our patients time, money, and stress because they can get everything they need in one place while working with the same team the entire time. If you’re interested in learning how dental implants work, allow us to provide greater detail below.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
You will first schedule a consultation with your implant dentist to determine your candidacy for treatment. There will be a thorough evaluation of your oral and overall health as well as your jawbone density. If it is discovered that you require preliminary treatment before undergoing dental implant surgery, we will recommend periodontal therapy, bone grafting, or even tooth extraction depending on your needs.
Dental Implant Surgery
Since Salvaggio Dentistry can place dental implants in-house, you do not need to worry about seeking a referral. Instead, you will arrive on the day of your procedure to receive local anesthesia. This will help you become more comfortable and feel no pain. After making one or more small incisions in your gums, we will place each implant post, accordingly, ensuring they are properly in place. We’ll then close the tissues and send you home to begin the recovery process.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
Over the next 3-6 months, you will follow detailed instructions from our team so that your implant posts and bone tissues can fuse. This is s a process known as osseointegration, which is necessary for the success of dental implant placement. After you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to our office to have your metal abutments put into place, as they will serve to connect the implant post with the customized restoration.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
The last step in this series is to receive your finalized restoration. This might be a crown, bridge, or denture depending on how many teeth you need to have replaced. Once it is secured, you will be free to enjoy life with your new smile. Although it might take a bit of adjusting, you should face no real problems or issues once your restoration is in place.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Thanks to their unique placement, dental implants offer a wide range of important benefits you simply can’t get with other tooth replacement options. From your day-to-day life to your overall health, dental implants surpass dentures and dental bridges in every way.
Stay Looking Young
Because dental implants replace the roots of your teeth as well as the crown, your jawbone receives the stimulation it needs to remain strong and hold your facial muscles in place. When you’re missing teeth and don’t get them replaced with implants, your jawbone begins to deteriorate and the muscles of your face start to droop, making you age prematurely. With dental implants, you can stay looking your age or even younger!
Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet
People who are missing teeth or are stuck with an ill-fitting prosthetic often have to stick to soft foods, which aren’t usually the healthiest options. Since dental implants feel just like your natural teeth and provide ample support, you should be able to eat as many healthy, crunchy foods as you like, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, implants help improve not only your oral health, but your general health as well.
Preserve Your Remaining Teeth
In addition to keeping your face looking youthful, dental implants also keep your jawbone strong. A deteriorating jawbone puts you at risk for further tooth loss, so dental implants allow you to keep the teeth you have left for longer. They also prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of place.
Practice Easy Maintenance
Believe it or not, you don’t have to take any special care of your implants beyond what you would give to your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss around your implant restoration every day just like you would if you still had all the teeth you were born with. Also, attend regular checkups and cleanings to make sure your implant is still in good condition.
Feel a Confidence Boost
It can be difficult to feel confident in your appearance when you have noticeable spaces in your smile. That’s where dental implants come in. They can give you back the smile you deserve, allowing you to grin proudly and live your life with confidence.
Smile for Years to Come
While dental implants may seem initially expensive, keep in mind that they are meant to last for several decades. In the long run, they’re cheaper than paying for a replacement bridge or denture every few years. If you take proper care of your implants, they should be able to last the rest of your life!
Who Dental Implants Can Help
No matter how many teeth you might be missing, our team can put together an implant treatment plan that will close any gaps in your smile. After giving you a quick exam, we’ll recommend one of the following restorative options to you!
Missing 1 Tooth
A single dental implant root can be positioned between two healthy teeth without disturbing them (unlike a traditional bridge). Once in place, we can attach a porcelain crown to seamlessly close the gap.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Implant crowns can be placed throughout the mouth as needed, but for a row of missing teeth, we can use just two implant roots to support a bridge that holds up to four teeth at once. Implant bridges are not only more stable than regular ones, but they also don’t have that telltale black line near the gums, giving them a more natural appearance.
Missing All Teeth
Even if you are missing an entire row of teeth, implants are still a viable option. A full denture can be anchored to the jawbone using just four to six implants, giving it the hold and security a traditional removable denture can never replicate.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Because dental implants are so versatile, there actually isn’t a set cost for the treatment. Every implant procedure is slightly different based on a patient’s particular needs and situation. The number of implants needed, the kind of restoration used, and any necessary preparatory procedures can all influence the amount you’ll spend on implants. Before beginning treatment, we’ll be sure to go over all relevant pricing information so you can know everything you need to decide whether or not to proceed.
While dental implants are more expensive upfront compared to traditional replacement options, they actually end up saving most patients money over time. Why? Largely because of their longevity. While a patient with a regular bridge or denture will need to replace it every 5-7 years, a person with implants can look forward to them lasting for multiple decades, perhaps for the rest of their life. Because of this low maintenance, implant patients typically save thousands by comparison.
Types of Dental Implants
There are many factors that can influence the cost of dental implant placement, such as the number of implants you’re receiving. A single implant topped with a crown will cost significantly less than multiple implants supporting a dental bridge or denture, for example. There are also different types of dental implants from different manufacturers, which may come at different costs. During your initial consultation with your implant dentist in Brampton, we’ll discuss the details of the procedure with you as well as your options for the type and number of implants you should receive.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
Every stage of the dental implant placement process incurs a unique cost. Don’t worry, however. You won’t have to pay for the entirety of your new grin at once. Because treatment takes place over the course of several months, you can pay for your treatment one procedure at a time. Some of what you can expect to pay for might include:
- Preliminary procedures like tooth extractions, bone grafts, or gum disease treatment
- The implant placement surgery itself
- Placement of the abutment, or the metal connector that attaches the implant to the restoration
- Placement of the final restoration (a crown, bridge, or denture)
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
While dental implants typically cost more up front than other methods of tooth replacement, you will actually end up saving money in the long run. This is because implants have the potential to last for several decades, if not for the rest of your life, with minimal maintenance involved. They don’t need to be replaced every few years like bridgework or dentures. Moreover, they look and feel like a completely natural part of your smile, and it’s nearly impossible to put a price on that benefit. Implants also prevent bone loss in your jawbone, which keeps you looking young and vibrant. Most patients who have received dental implants have said that they were more than worth the investment.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
The good news is that more and more insurance companies are starting to offer coverage for dental implants. However, you’ll have to check your individual policy to find out just how much coverage you’re eligible to receive. If it does not cover the cost of the implant itself, it may help with preliminary procedures, like gum disease treatment, for example. We at Salvaggio Dentistry accept most major insurance policies, and we will work with you to help maximize your benefits and even file your claims for you so you can get those benefits as soon as possible.
Dental Implant Technology
Did you know dental implants tend to boast a success rate of 95% or more? While they represent the gold standard of tooth replacements and can last several decades to a lifetime with proper care, one of the major components that makes them effective is the procedure itself. That’s why, to guarantee an effective, precise, and smooth treatment for patients, our team only uses state-of-the-art dental implant technology for the most reliable results! Here are a couple of advanced devices we utilize to help create your brand-new teeth.
Guided Dental Implant Surgery
Our dental practice can perform the entire dental implant process in-office, so you won’t have to worry about driving across town to visit an outside specialist. One of the reasons we can reliably and accurately place titanium posts is our surgical dental implant guides. By using 3D imaging, we can create a virtual model of your smile, which will include where your metal posts will need to be inserted. Then, we’ll develop a completely customized guide that fits over the areas where we’ll place your implants, providing your surgeon with the exact location to embed the new tooth root. This allows our team to avoid complications like damaging nerves that we can’t visually see around the surgical site.
TRIOS Digital Impression System
Dental implants are best known for both their natural-looking appearance and their superior stability compared to other teeth replacements. This is due to them being personalized to match your specific smile and unique dental needs. In the past, dentists used to make impressions of patients’ smiles with putty, which typically made it difficult for patients to breathe comfortably. Instead, today our team can utilize the TRIOS digital impression system. This device involves taking a swift scan of your teeth and developing a precise image of your bite in real-time. With this rendering, our team can ensure your new restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) looks beautiful and fits naturally!
Dental Implants Post-Op Instructions
Once your dental implants are placed, you can rest knowing that the difficult part of your implant treatment is complete. What comes next is your aftercare, a crucial yet relatively straightforward process that is largely affected by your habits after surgery. By keeping the following tips in mind, you can ensure your recovery is smooth and free of any complications. If you do notice any side effects that appear abnormal, please give us a call and we’ll help however we can.
What to Do Directly After Dental Implant Surgery
Taking care of the newly formed blood clot over your treatment site should be a top priority immediately following your surgery. If the clot becomes loose and falls off, it can lead to dry socket, a very uncomfortable condition that’s easily preventable with the steps below:
- Do not use a straw or spit forcefully
- Avoid smoking or using tobacco for the next several days (especially the first day)
- Do not touch the treatment site with your tongue or fingers
- Do not try to remove any stitches placed by our office
Common Side Effects
Mild side effects are not only common, but expected following any oral surgery, not just dental implant placement. You can expect the following over the next few days:
- Intermittent bleeding – This can be managed with gauze and light pressure.
- Facial swelling – To bring down swelling and alleviate discomfort, apply a cold compress for 10 minutes. Remove for an additional 10 minutes and reapply for up to one hour.
- Discomfort – Painkillers, either over-the-counter or prescriptions, can be taken over the next few days.
Your symptoms should improve within a week. If they do not, call us for additional guidance.
You’ll need to stick to a liquid and soft diet over the next week after implant surgery to prevent undue stress on your treatment site. Consider this brief list of foods to have in your fridge or pantry ahead of your procedure:
- Fruit smoothies
- Soups and stews (consume at room temperature)
- Mashed potatoes
- Ice cream
Health & Oral Hygiene
You should still brush and floss the day after your surgery, just make sure to use caution when cleaning around the treatment site. Be as gentle as possible and rinse your mouth out two to three times a day either with salt water or a prescribed mouthwash. We do not recommend using any mouthwashes that contain alcohol as this can easily cause dry mouth.
What to Do After Your New Teeth Are Attached
After about four to six months have passed and the implant has fully fused with your jawbone, you’ll come back to our office to receive your permanent restoration. This could be a crown, bridge, or denture depending on your treatment plan. Regardless of what you receive, you can expect it to be lifelike and feel natural. It’s normal to experience some sensitivity in your implant site after the restoration is placed, but not bleeding or swelling.
Dental Implant Failure & Salvage
Not only do we place dental implants, but we can also lend you a helping hand if they happen to fail. When you get to our office, we’ll ask about your symptoms, and we’ll take a close look at the implant posts and the area around them to figure out what went wrong. Afterward, we’ll create a treatment plan to help you protect the health of your smile. We’ll let you know whether you’ll be able to keep your current dental implants or if they’ll have to be removed and potentially replaced later.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
While dental implants can effectively rebuild your missing teeth and last decades to a lifetime, you’ll have to take proper measures to make the most of them. Without the right care and precautions, they could be vulnerable to complications, damage, and even infections, which could lead to their failure. Fortunately, our team can provide you with a simple list of ways to care for your dental implants so that you can enjoy your brand-new smile for many years to come!
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Although dental implants can’t get cavities, it doesn’t mean any remaining natural teeth and connective tissues won’t be susceptible to decay or infections. That’s why you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene every day, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, especially after every meal. In this way, you can keep a fresh smile and protect your pearly whites from any complications that could put your implants at risk.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Once you’ve received your new pearly whites, you should be able to enjoy most of your favorite foods without having to worry about your restorations moving around. This also means you can expand your diet and include more vitamin-rich and nutritious meals, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and lean meats. These foods can help promote healthier gums and stronger bone tissue, allowing your dental implants to have a higher chance of success.
Break Bad Habits
Certain oral habits can be detrimental to your smile, such as chewing on hard objects, using your teeth as tools, and using tobacco products. Even if your dental implants are constructed out of durable porcelain, they can still become damaged over time and/or fail. To avoid any potential complications and reduce your risk of implant failure, you’ll want to work on quitting habits that can harm your new teeth.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Dental implants can also become damaged by wear and tear over time or by sudden impacts due to physical activities, such as sports. If you tend to contact sports or have found that you grind/clench your teeth during sleep, you’ll want to consider getting custom-made mouthguards or nightguards for bruxism. These oral appliances will provide cushion and protection for your natural teeth and dental implants, ensuring that you can make the most of them for longer.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Even though dental implants have a high success rate of 95% or more, it’s important to visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings. Not only can they help remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places, but they can also address any developing issues that could pose a risk to your implants and oral health. The sooner they can treat an underlying problem, the higher the chance of maintaining a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile.