Our clinic has an excellent track record of performing successful dental implant surgeries. If implants have been on your mind, give us a call now at (604) 222-1299 to make an appointment – you deserve it.
“For many of our patients, dental implants are life changing! That’s why we are passionate about helping people vastly improve their oral health and general well-being through this method.”
– Dr. Harry Sangha
Dental Implant Process Summary and Resources
By using the latest dental implant products, procedures and technology, our patients don’t have to suffer from a missing tooth and can vastly improve poor-fitting dentures.
After placing an implant, we construct a crown that will look and feel like a natural tooth. This crown is created to go over the implanted area and return a natural form and function to your teeth.
Read more on our News page – this article is written especially for our Vancouver dental implant patients on the different types of dental implants they may need.
Since dental implants are a common topic of interest amongst new and old patients, we have provided 5 Insights about the procedure itself, including recovery time and healing, dental implant costs and risks involved with surgery. You can also learn about how Platelet Rich Fibrin can dramatically improve the healing time after oral surgery.
After careful examination and planning, the entire process can take between 3 – 9 months to fully heal. The first phase is the implant surgery where we insert a screw, which that acts as the new root, into your jawbone. Following surgery, we wait until the mouth heals and osseointegration takes place (when the implant has fused directly to the bone). Here’s a great animation that shows the surgical process in action:
The healing period differs for each individual. The second phase requires a short visit to the dental office to have prosthetic crown inserted. There is a very minimal healing period as well.
Dental implants don’t come as a “one size fits all” solution. Every patient has unique needs, whether they have lost a tooth in an accident, or due to periodontal disease. With this in mind however, we usually advise patients that the average price for a single implant is $3,400. Also see our blog post on Dental Implant Pricing.
There are many benefits to implants over dentures, but in principle, an implant is intended to look and function like your natural teeth would and can last a lifetime. They are secured to your jaw where they serve as an anchor to the prosthetic dental crown. Implants are strong, easily maintained and preserve the health of the jawbone.
On the other hand, since dentures are removable, patients often experience challenges with keeping them in place consistently. Dentures often slip and move around, which can be unnerving in social settings! The adhesive used to keep them in place can come with an unpleasant taste. Furthermore, dentures require far more maintenance and will eventually need to be replaced.
Again, since implants are a customized solution, a small percentage of implants can fail for a variety of reasons. However, in most cases where failure occurs, this means that the implant has not osseointegrated into the bone.
Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and maintain regular dental cleanings and check-ups, as scheduled. Additional cleaning aids also may be recommended to help you keep your teeth healthy at home.
As is the case with natural teeth, we work with our patients to ensure the longevity of your dental implant. While replacement teeth can’t get cavities, they are subject to the same wear-and-tear as natural teeth.
It’s common for patients to feel anxiety about various dental procedures, including dental implant surgery. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about whether dental implants are right for you.