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Dr David Nguy is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. His passion for implantology has led him to pursue thousands of hours in continuing education to provide the best treatment for his Toronto patients.
It is important to choose a dental implant dentist that is familiar with the many implant brands on the market such as Neodent, Straumann, Nobel, Biohorizons, Dentsply, and Hiossen. Atlas Dental works with the best brands to provide you the most durable, cost-effective and best looking tooth replacement solution.
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At One Convenient Downtown Toronto Location
When you choose an implant dentist in Toronto, you have the option of having your complete treatment done all in one dental clinic. You no longer have to bounce between the general dentist’s clinic, the oral surgeon, the periodontist, and back. Dr Nguy is able to provide all aspects of the implant procedure in one convenient Toronto area location:
- On-site CBCT 3D imaging and digital radiography
- Intraoral digital scanning
- Painless Tooth extraction
- Bone grafts
- Implant surgery
- Computer-guided surgery
- Minimally invasive gum grafting and other soft tissue surgical procedures
- Digital smile design
- Implant-supported dentures supported
- Other cosmetic dental services including crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign clear aligners
Using The Best Dental Implants On The Market
We have looked at all the clinical evidence when selecting the best dental implants for our Toronto patients. The winner is Neodent implants! Neodent is the second largest dental implant company worldwide, has more than 25 years of performance, and has more than 250 studies proving its safety and efficacy. Neodent’s progressive treatment concepts help create new smile experiences every day.
What Are Dental Implants?
A Dental Implant by itself is not a tooth! It is an artificial screw-like root made of titanium metal that gets inserted into the jaw, replacing the root of the natural tooth. A prosthetic crown (cap) is then attached on top of the “screw” that will look, feel and function like the natural tooth.
Implant surgery has dramatically changed the science of missing teeth since the brilliant Swedish researcher Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered that titanium could fuse with bone at the University of Toronto in 1978. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth and can permanently replace one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Whatever your oral health circumstance may be, you can be rest assured that the implant procedure is a safe and reliable treatment option for tooth replacement. At Atlas dental, we use state of the art, highest quality materials to help patients achieve a new smile.
Before starting your journey with implants, there are some things you should know as a patient:
- Benefits Of Dental Implants
- Alternatives To Dental Implants
- Consequences Of No Treatment
- Risks Of Dental Implant Treatment
- Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
- What Are The Steps Of The Dental Implant Procedure?
- How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
- Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any further questions about dental implants or other cosmetic dentistry procedures in Toronto such as cosmetic crowns, veneers, dental bridges or teeth whitening, please contact us.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Whether replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants have helped the patient experience these and other benefits:
What Are The Alternatives To Dental Implant Treatment?
In the past, it used to be that if a patient suffered tooth loss from poor oral health, periodontal disease, or tooth decay, the patient’s options were limited to: no replacement, dental bridges, or dentures. All of these options had their limitations. But with the invention of dental implants, all this has changed.
No Tooth Replacement
Tooth loss is devastating. Choosing to not replace it after initial tooth extraction and leaving it as a space can lead to bone loss. Not having enough jaw bone height or width is a problem if you want dental implants in future, and may require additional expensive oral surgery and grafting procedures like guided bone regeneration. Moreover, teeth next to the space can drift and shift out of place, making your teeth crooked and may require orthodontic treatment. Last but not least, having fewer natural teeth means the rest of the teeth in your mouth are doing more work when you eat. This can lead to problems like worn down and damaged teeth, and further tooth loss.
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth by using adjacent teeth as abutments for a false floating tooth. Patients choose bridges for a number of reasons: A bridge is a fast treatment option requiring two appointments only two weeks apart. No oral surgery is required. They look like natural teeth, and are great for the adjacent abutment teeth that already need full coverage protection with dental crowns, such as teeth with root canals. Bridges may not cost as much as dental implants, but there are downsides. Bridges do not prevent bone loss. They also make oral hygiene difficult and if any of the supporting teeth have problems such as tooth decay or periodontal disease, you risk losing the entire bridge!
A denture is a removable set of false teeth. Dentures can either be full or partial, meaning they can either replace all teeth on either the top or bottom gum line, or just a few that are missing. However, most patients do not like how their false teeth are not fixed in place and have to be taken in and out. Also, dentures do not prevent bone loss, and may in fact accelerate it.
Patients that already have dentures and want a solution that does not fall out so easily can have their denture converted to an implant-retained denture with the strategic surgical placement of two or more dental implants.
Dental implants are the perfect replacement solution that overcomes all the limitations of no tooth replacement, bridges and dentures. They preserve bone, they make oral hygiene easier because you can clean easily between the teeth, they do not have to be taken in and out, and they look, function and feel like a natural tooth!
What Are The Consequences Of No Treatment?
Patients that choose not to have a tooth substitute after having a dental extraction can experience the following:
- Drifting of adjacent teeth: when there is a gap, the teeth around the gap can move and drift into the empty space. This results in food trapping, tooth decay, and a crowded smile.
- Difficulty chewing: edentulism makes it hard to chew food.
- Poor appearance and bone loss: loss of youthful facial structure due to the jaw shrinking away in places where teeth are missing
- Loss of lip support: The lips appear shrunken inwards because teeth are not present to support them.
- Poor speech: Difficulty in speaking especially if front teeth are missing.
What Are The Risks of Dental Implant Treatment?
Like any minor oral surgical procedure, possible complications include infection, inflammation, and pain, but your dentist will discuss how these can be managed for your specific situation. Interventions could include delayed implant placement with staged.
Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth are candidates for dental implants. Talk to your dentist for your specific needs.
The dental implant procedure may be right for you if you:
- Have one or several missing tooth
- Are an adult (upper jaw and lower jaw are fully mature)
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Have adequate jaw bone volume or are able to have bone grafting
- Have good oral health
- Are willing to commit several months to the process
- Do not have health conditions that will affect bony healing, such as severe diabetes, cancer, or osteoporosis requiring bisphosphonate medications
- Are medically fit for minor dental surgery.
- Do not smoke tobacco
- Are not pregnant
The dental implant procedure may NOT be right for you if you have:
What Are The Steps To Getting A Dental Implant?
Medical and Dental Examination
Before we start placing dental implants in Toronto, your dentist must do a thorough exam to see if you are a good candidate. The dentist examines your medical and dental history, looks inside your mouth and takes a 2D x-ray image of the pre-surgical site. You may require a special 3D x-ray scan called a CBCT to assess the amount and quality of bone at the proposed site. Insufficient bony foundation and support will require a grafting procedure called guided bone regeneration.
Dental Implant Surgery
At the next appointment, the dentist or dental specialist such as oral surgeon or periodontist will numb the area with local anesthetic. If you require sedation, oral medications, nitrous oxide or IV sedation may be given. The dentist will check to make sure you feel no pain before the tooth extraction and performing the dental implant surgery. Successive drills are used to make the osteotomy gradually wider. After the final drill, the implant is placed, a healing cap is screwed on top, and the gums are sutured together. Three to six months may be required for healing and osseointegration with the surrounding bone. Sometimes, you need grafting to augment the bony foundation or gum grafting to improve the look of the gum line around the implant. In smile makeover cases involving the front teeth, the dentist may place a temporary crown at the time of the first surgery to make it appear like there is a tooth when you smile. The dentist may choose to bury the implant under the gum to allow for maximal healing, after which a second uncovering surgery would be required after four to six months.
Dental Implant Crown
The next step is to make the final tooth prosthesis that sits on the dental implant called a crown. For this, the dentist or prosthodontist will take a 3D scan to capture the position of the implant in the periodontium. When the final crown returns from the dental lab approximately two to three weeks later, the dentist will secure it on top of the implant.
Once you have finished your treatment, it is important to keep the implants and surrounding periodontal tissues clean and healthy. This means regular hygiene cleanings and checkups with your dentist. The dentist will periodically take a dental x-ray to check on the health of the gum and bone. Without regular maintenance, you risk getting peri-implantitis, a condition where the implant is infected by bacteria that could lead to the failure and loss of the implant. Implant maintenance is a lifelong effort.
How Much Does A Dental Implant Cost?
If you are wondering how much dental implants cost in Ontario, you are not alone. But generally, you can expect the price of an implant to be $3700-5000. A number of factors will affect the cost, including:
- Local dental association fee guides
- Qualifications of the dentist
- Difficulty of the procedure
- Dental laboratory fee
- Whether you have dental insurance coverage
Local Dental Association Fee guides
Each geographical region uses a different fee guide.
In Toronto, Ontario, most dentists will provide dental surgery and restorative dental services consistent with the Ontario Dental Association’s Suggested Fee Guide. This Fee Guide is suggested, meaning that dentists can go above or below the suggested fee. However, dentists will generally follow the recommended fee for basic dental services like dental emergency examinations, x-rays and tooth extractions, to ensure fair and competitive treatment cost. At Atlas Dental in Toronto, implant therapy can cost $3700-5000 per unit.
Qualifications of the dentist
Dental implants placed and restored by specialists cost more.
Dental implantology in Canada is not recognized as a dental specialty in itself, although numerous existing dental specialties are involved in the implantology field, such as oral maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists. General dentists can provide the same dental implant treatment in Ontario that oral maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists do as long as they have successfully completed a course or courses involving a minimum 70 hours of combined surgical and restorative instruction. Additional training and education should be completed before undertaking more complicated placement and/or restoration of dental implants.
Dr David Nguy is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, which required the successful completion of a minimum 300 hours of dental implantology continuing education, a written and oral examination. His passion for dental implant procedures has led him to continue to pursue thousands of hours in courses, seminars and conferences to provide the best treatment for his Toronto patients.
Difficulty Of The Implant Procedure
The more complex the surgical site, the more costly it will be.
Depending on your unique circumstance, implant surgery may be more difficult and more expensive if any of the following is required:
- Immediate implant placement following failing tooth extraction
- Bone grafting to prevent bone loss
- Bone regeneration to grow new bone
- Simultaneous gum graft procedures
- Immediate tooth replacement at the time of surgery
- Sinus lifting procedures to raise the maxillary sinus floor
Dental laboratory fees
Each dental lab charges a fee to make your implant crown.
The dental laboratory is responsible for producing the custom-made dental implant crown from the prepared intraoral 3D scan provided by your dentist. The cost that the dental lab charges for making your crown is the “Dental Laboratory Fee” (Lab Fee). This dental lab fee is a flow-through cost that your dentist passes along to you. Generally, the lab fee can range between $500-700 per implant.
Whether you have dental insurance
You may not have to pay as much out of pocket if you have insurance coverage.
Having dental insurance will help cover a portion of the cost, if not all of the expense, of your dental implants. This treatment is considered a major surgical and major restorative procedure and may or may not receive full insurance coverage. The amount of coverage will vary from plan to plan. Therefore, be sure to find out from your insurance carrier how much you are eligible for before going ahead with the treatment.
If you have any further questions about the cost of dental implants or other cosmetic dentistry procedures like fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, or dentures in Toronto, please contact us.
DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQ'S
For a simple case, total treatment time can take three to six months.
Complex procedures involving bone grafting, guided bone regeneration, or sinus lifting, can add an additional six months of treatment time for a total of 12 months.
Many patients fear visiting the dentist because of pain and they wonder if the dental implant surgery will be a painful experience. Most people experience the surgical procedure in complete comfort. Local anesthetic is always used to numb the surgery area and the dentist, oral surgeon or periodontist will check to make sure you feel no pain before starting.
Dental implants generally have very good success rates. Many studies and systematic reviews suggest that at 10 years, they have a survival rate at about 95%.
Even though dental implants enjoy a very high success rate of over 95 percent, there are situations where they can fail. Peri-implantitis occurs if you have infection around your dental implants. This is usually due to poor oral hygiene during the critical time right after surgery Other reasons include smoking, and traumatic occlusion.
The best way to prevent this problem is to practice good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. follow the specific post-operative instructions given to you by your dentist.
All-on-4 is a trademarked treatment procedure developed by Dr Palo Malo from Portugal and Nobel Biocare that essentially involves replacement of all missing teeth in one jaw arch by using only 4 implants. This procedure is especially beneficial in patients who have lost a lot of bone in the back areas of the mouth.
Visit our page onDental Implant Surgery Post-Operative Instructionsfor proper aftercare information.
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