Lonsdale Dental Implants
We proudly offer dental implants in North Vancouver. For more information keep reading below or if you are ready to book, contact your North Vancouver Dental Implant Centre to learn more today.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth. That means, we replace the whole tooth, including the root. You might need a single tooth replaced. Or two teeth next to each other might need to be replaced together. In some cases, where many teeth have been damaged, we can replace an entire arch – all the top teeth or all the bottom teeth.
A dental implant is a small man-made titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth which is often topped with a crown as a replacement for the visible portion of a missing natural tooth.
Dental implants are placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw where they permanently bond with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth (referred to as a Crown). Since dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth, the implant can also serve to anchor a bridge or, in tandem with additional implants, it can even support a full denture.
The value of an implant goes beyond the tooth itself. Your facial structure changes when a tooth is missing. That affects your smile and how your face looks even when you are not smiling.
Dental implants also protect your remaining teeth. One missing tooth can lead to faster decay and possibly displacement of the teeth around it. Implants also protect against bone loss and gum issues surrounding the missing tooth.
If you are missing a tooth, you should think seriously about getting implants.
Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth, and with proper care can last a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants The Right Option For Me?
Dental implants are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history of many successful cases and happy implant recipients. In addition to allowing you to recover the joy of eating and chewing the foods you love, dental implants can also preserve the integrity of the facial structure (protecting your remaining teeth and preventing bone loss). Learn why dental implants are the most popular method for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are appropriate for practically any individual who is missing teeth or at risk of losing teeth. Often, older clients express concerns that their age might avoid them from delighting in the advantages that dental implants offer. However, health is more of an identifying factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth removed, you’re most likely healthy enough to get dental implants. There are very few medical reasons why you may not be a candidate to get a dental implant. Our dentists will certainly discuss these with you if required.
Single Tooth Replacement
An implant may be used to replace almost any missing tooth, provided there is adequate bone at the site. If not, modern procedures can usually be performed to regenerate enough bone to safely place an implant. The implant is placed in the bone below the gum tissue. A temporary abutment may be placed on the implant until the healing phase is complete. A cosmetic temporary crown can often be made to fill the missing space.
A dental implant provides numerous advantages over other tooth replacement choices. In addition to looking and operating like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighbouring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground to support the bridge.
Since a dental implant will essentially replace your tooth root, the surrounding bone is better maintained. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth starts to weaken. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Implants can also be used to replace several teeth, eliminating the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth to serve as posts for traditional Crown & Bridge therapy.
The implants are placed in the bone below the gum tissue. Like single tooth replacement, temporary abutments may be placed on the implants until the healing phase is complete.
After healing, the abutments are attached to the implants. They will hold a custom-made bridge that the dental laboratory will mould and match to your existing teeth.
In the final step, the custom bridge is cemented onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss has been halted.
Full-Mouth Replacement (also known as all-on-four)
If you are missing most or all of your teeth in an arch (top or bottom), or have teeth that are too damaged to be saved, a full-mouth replacement implant may be a suitable option. Also known as a fixed implant-supported prosthesis, All-On-4® treatment, or All-On-Four Implant, these options all involve a permanent bridge containing a full arch of new teeth being attached directly to a small number of anchor implants (often four implant roots as the names suggest).
The implants are positioned just below the gum tissue and given time to fuse with the bone. Temporary abutments may be placed on the implants until the healing phase is complete. Your existing denture may be modified so that it can be worn without disturbing the implants during the healing process.
Other treatments for the loss of natural teeth in an arch are fully detachable dentures. Dental implant-supported fixed bridges permit the replacement of the natural teeth with a fixed (non-removable) re-mediation.
Dental Implant Insurance
The provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) covers only medically necessary procedures. It generally does not cover dental implants. However, if enough teeth are missing to interfere with your ability to speak or eat normally, the procedure might be covered.
Many people in British Columbia have some form of dental insurance. Most general and restorative dentistry services are covered by insurance, but dental implants often are not. Typically, if we are restoring a broken or chipped tooth, the procedure might be considered “necessary” enough to be covered.
Please check with your dental plan to find out if dental implants are covered in your situation, before assuming that they are.
The cost for dental implants starts at $1,999 for a single tooth (implant and crown, including the abutment). We are able to keep the price this low because we have state-of-the art equipment, such as CT-scans, in-house.
Lonsdale Dental Implants Questions & Answers
Am I too old to get dental implants?
No. Age is not a factor in dental implant safety. Health is a factor. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth removed, you should be healthy enough to get an implant. There are just a few medical reasons why an implant might not be a good idea for some people. Our dentists can discuss those with you.
Can my mouth take dental implants?
As long as you have enough bone where the implant goes, your mouth is ready. If you don’t have enough bone, modern procedures can usually regenerate enough bone to safely place an implant. Our dentists take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to determine if an implant is best suited for you.
How fast is the procedure?
It takes time for an implant to bond with the bone and connect with the gum. We might place temporary abutments on the implants until the healing phase is complete. We can also place a temporary crown to fill the gap.
Will dental implants feel like real teeth?
Yes. In fact, your mouth will feel young again. It will feel whole. The new crown will be molded to fit in naturally with your existing teeth. You will chew food the way you used to, and you will speak the way you used to. Your tongue will no longer seek that gap in your teeth. Implants feel that natural.
Is a dental implant my only option?
No, but it is the safest in the long term. The other option is the bridge method, which involves grinding the adjacent teeth and leaves exposed bone below the gum line to decay faster. We believe very firmly in dental implants for your health; that’s why we have chosen to focus on them.
What if many of my teeth have been damaged?
We can do a full-mouth replacement, also known as All-On-4® treatment, All-On-Four Implants and “fixed implant-supported prosthesis”. This permanent bridge contains a full arch of new teeth attached directly to a small number of anchor implants (often four implant roots, as the names suggest). The alternative to this would be dentures, but this is a permanent, solid, just-like-real-teeth solution.
Additional Questions for your Lonsdale Dental Implants Expert
If you have any additional questions for your Lonsdale dental implants expert, you can contact us directly. Our team can help you understand more about this treatment.
We will be more than happy to help you book an appointment for your Lonsdale dental implants as well. Call us directly, or use our online contact form and our team will coordinate with you to find the most suitable appointment available.