Dental implants are replacements of one of several teeth. They replace the roots with a titanium screw-like peg that has an abutment for the crown to be screwed on top of the peg. They can replace one tooth or they can be used as pillars for other types of restorations like dentures and support bridges.
Tooth replacement and jaw support are important for proper chewing, smiling, talking, and overall appearance, all of which contribute to better health and self-esteem.
At Allo Dental we help you with implants only when it’s strictly necessary. Our in-house implantologist have years of experience working with simple to more advanced cases.
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The Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants
If you have lost teeth, you are probably a good candidate for dental implants to replace them. Many people prefer implants to uncomfortable and inconvenient dentures. However, certain diseases and habits can the proper healing process and interfere with osseointegration.
To be eligible for dental implants you should have healthy gums and enough bone density and quality to hold the implant. You must also be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, please schedule your free consultation.
Dental Implant Costs
Indicative US rate for unitary implants: $4,500 – Starts at from $1,680 at Allo Dental
- 40-70% savings on dental treatments compared to the USA
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What Are Dental Implant Procedures Like?
How Long Is The Recovery from Dental Implants?
The entire process of dental implants takes several months; healing is required between each step.
It takes several months to heal from the initial implant placement and about two weeks after placing the abutment. It may take longer, however, if the surgeon needs to perform additional adjustments to improve jaw strength. Your jaw must be strong enough to perform the actions it will be expected to do after your missing teeth are replaced.
After crowns are placed, it may take you awhile to get used to your new teeth. To improve the success of your therapy, it is important to gradually move from soft to harder foods. Also, avoid hot foods and drinks for at least a week after every step of the dental implant process.
A moderate amount of swelling should be expected after implant surgery. Swelling usually peaks after 48 hours and will last 5 to 7 days. Applying ice packs to the face over the area of surgery for 24 to 48 hours immediately following surgery may prevent swelling.
It generally takes about an hour to place a single implant. If you’re getting multiple implants, the time for your surgery may take longer. Once your dental implant has been placed, it will take about 4-6 months to heal. During this time, the bone fuses around your new implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants allow you to speak and eat properly again. You will feel more confident with a fully-restored smile. And your durable implants will last much longer than dentures.
Common Questions About Dental Implants
Because they are artificial, your dental implants can’t decay like natural teeth and should last the rest of your life. However, you still have to keep the surrounding gums and teeth healthy to enjoy the full benefits of your implants.
Success rates of dental implants also vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants were placed. In general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants should last a lifetime. One 2010 study found that 83% of dental implants were still in place after 16 years. Note that dental bridges and dentures may need to be replaced in seven to 15 years.
No. Good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups and cleanings should keep all of your teeth— real and artificial— in good condition.
There is always a risk of infection during any surgery, but your surgeon will advise you how to keep the site clean to prevent this. For patients who maintain good oral hygiene and health, 90-95% will have great success with their dental implants. The surgeon will also give you a prescription for antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and pain medication which will help you during the healing process.
No. At all times you will either have a temporary crown, bridge or denture, which is needed, until the time for the final restoration.
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction. A dental implant requires that your dentist make incisions in your gums. You will receive local anesthesia to numb your mouth during the procedure and feel minimal discomfort.
Dental Implants and Sinus Lifts
Dental implants are placed to your jaw bone. In case there is not sufficient quantity of bone to fix the implants properly a sinus lift is recommended. This can be completed in a simple dental surgery through which artificial bone is placed into the jaw.
A sinus lift may be necessary if there is not sufficient bone in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed. As a result, a lifelong dental implant may be fitted to the recreated bone.
What is a Sinus Lift?
A sinus lift (also known as a sinus augmentation) is a procedure in which the sinus membranes are moved or “lifted” upward and bone is added to the upper jaw in the area between your molars and premolars. The added bone may be your own natural bone (usually taken from your back lower jaw) or donor bone or synthetic bone materials.
Why is a Sinus Lift needed?
A sinus lift may be needed if there is insufficient bone in the upper jaw to indicate a dental implant.
Low bone density can come about from a variety of causes, including:
- Missing teeth. Once teeth have been lost, the bone begins to be absorbed back into the body. Bone loss can occur within just a few months of a tooth being lost, but the impact on bone density tends to worsen the longer the tooth is left without replacement
- Periodontal disease.
How is a Sinus Lift performed?
Step 1 – the No Obligation, Free of Charge Consultation
During your initial consultation, your dentist will assess your bone condition with the assistance of x rays. A CT scan is also arranged to allow your dentist to measure the height/ width of the bone and assess the condition of your sinus. If your dentist decides that a sinus lift is necessary, s/he will talk you through the procedure and answer any concerns or questions you may have. Once you are happy to proceed with the treatment plan, your dentist will arrange a suitable time to begin surgery.
Step 2- the Surgery
Your dentist will cut into the gum tissue in the back molar area. The tissue is then raised, and a small window is opened in the exposed bone. Next, the sinus membrane is gently pushed up and away from the jaw, and bone is added to the space left by the lifted sinus. Once the bone has been packed into the site with the required amount, the area is sutured.
Step 3 – the Aftercare
Most patients experience only mild discomfort after a sinus lift, although some swelling or bleeding from the mouth and nose may be expected. Following the right aftercare procedure is essential to the success of the surgery. Your dentist will, of course, give you full instructions on what you should and shouldn’t do once surgery has been completed, and may prescribe medication to reduce congestion and inflammation. The most important thing to remember is to avoid as much as possible any activity that may cause the stitches to loosen or the bone to dislodge, including forceful sneezing and/or blowing the nose.
When will I be able to have an implant after a sinus lift?
Typically, after a sinus lift, you will need to allow a healing period of 6-8 months before an implant can be placed. During this time, the replacement bone will fuse with your jaw, creating a strong foundation for the future implant. Alternatively, you might have both sinus lift and implants placed at the same time. A thorough assessment by your implantologist with the aid of the CT scan can confirm your chances for a combined procedure.
How much will a Sinus Lift cost?
A sinus lift starts from just $1,200. If you have additional requirements, the total price will depend on the treatment type needed. Bone graft material and the application of membranes mean extra costs.
Whatever your treatment needs or objectives, you can be confident that we offer excellent value for money. Patients save an average of up to 70% on US prices by choosing Allo Dental as their treatment provider.
Dental Implants and Bone Grafts
A bone graft is a dental surgery technique which is similar to sinus lift or bone augmentation but it is not the same. This treatment is necessary in the event that there’s a lack of bone in your jaw, which means it cannot be extended with artificial bone. Instead, a piece of bone is taken from your mandible and grafted into your mouth.
As a result of the bone graft, dental implants can be placed appropriately.
What is a Bone Graft?
A bone graft involves taking bone from another area of the body (usually the chin or the lower back jaw) or using donor or synthetic bone to rebuild an area of low bone density.
Why is a Bone Graft needed?
A bone graft may be needed if there is insufficient bone in the lower jaw to support a dental implant.
Low bone density can result from a variety of causes, including:
- Missing teeth
- Periodontal disease
- Injury or trauma
- Developmental problems
How is a Bone Graft performed?
Step 1 – Initial Consultation
During your free Initial consultation, your dentist will assess your bone condition with the assistance of x-rays. A CT scan will be arranged to allow your dentist to measure the height/ width of the bone. If your dentist decides that a bone graft is necessary, s/he will talk you through the procedure and answer any concerns or questions you may have.
Step 2- Surgery
Surgery is performed under local sedation. Local anesthetic is used in both the area that requires the bone graft and the area that will be donating the bone. An incision in the gum around the area of the bone graft site is made to assess the amount and type of bone required. In most cases, the donated bone will come from the chin. In this case, an incision is made to expose the chin bone, and the required amount of bone and bone marrow is removed. If necessary, your dentist will replace the harvested bone with bone graft material before closing the area with stitches.
Next, the harvested bone will be secured to the recipient site using small titanium screws. If needed, some of the donated bone marrow will be packed around the bone, before the area is covered with membrane and stitched closed.
Step 3 – Aftercare
After surgery, your dentist may provide antibiotics, pain medication, and antibacterial mouthwash to minimize any risk of infection or discomfort. They’ll also provide full aftercare instructions for follow-ups and intermediate caring of the site.