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DENTAL IMPLANTS - The Best Solution For Your Missing Teeth


Millions of people suffer tooth loss.  Typically  because of  tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. In the past, bridges and dentures were the only options available for those missing teeth. Dental implants are a great option and are comparable to your natural teeth in appearance, use and lifespan. 

If having dental implants, be sure to use a dentist who is certified for implants by a recognized dental specialist college. Best avoid those whose only implant training was from a seminar on some aspect of implants at a dental convention or an implant manufacturer's quickie course. Implants are surgery and require 2-3 years of specialist college training. For the best dental implant work - you will be getting the best for your money when you use a Board Certified Implantologist - as this dentist passed the tough written, lab and oral Board Exams after graduation from a specialist's college. 


                                                          

                                                                    Photo: L to r - Dental implant, abutment, crown, completed unit.


A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn't come loose like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.








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THINGS TO CONSIDER

You should have healthy gums and sufficient bone to support a conventional dental implant. If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, you may require a bone graft. Or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may require a sinus lift. A board certified dentist can perform an evaluation to determine if a patient is a candidate for implant surgery or not. Not everyone is - but your specialist has other good solutions for you to consider in that event such as a bridge, mini implant secured prosthesis, or secured denture.

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth (atop an abutment attached to the implant) that are made to match your natural teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

You will enjoy improved speech, comfort, Easier eating, improved self-esteem, improved oral health, durability, convenience, and a beautiful smile.

Types of Dental Implants - Quality implants are made of aircraft titanium, ceramic implants are designed for patients allergic to metals. Conventional implants require 2 visits to the clinc 4-6 mos. apart to allow time for the mouth to accept the implant. One-Day implants are suitable for patients who in excellent general health but along with mini implants have a higher failure rate than conventional implants. Mini implants are most often used to secure dentures and bridges. 

A mini implant secured denture will be far-less costly than conventional implants for the same number of units (teeth). But mini implants have a higher failure rate. Your specialist can advise you which will be best for you.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?

In most cases the answer is no. Coverage under your medical plan may be possible, depending on the insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss. Accidental injury tooth loss is more likely to be covered. Check with your insurance provider.

Dental Implant Procedure. A detailed non-technical explanation of the dental implant process by patient adviser Dr. Cristina Terrado can be found in her blog article - Dental Implants for the Clueless. 

Panoramic X-ray. A pano is an ear-to-ear 180 degree x-ray necessary for your implantologist to assess if you are a candidate for implants. Best (but not critical) to have the pano back home and send to your dentist abroad prior to booking your trip. Read this article on panoramic x-rays for more details and costs. 

panoramic xray info, prices - www.certifieddentists.org/

Photo: A panoramic x-ray shows the entire jaw from ear to ear and allows the dentist to evaluate bone density & sinus capacity

Compare Dental Implant Costs -  US, Mexico, Asia

  • Panoramic x-ray costs range from $25 in Manila, $65 in Mexico and $200- 300 in the US. (Same equipment.)
  • Bone grafts (30% of patients require them) $500 in Mexico - $1,250 - 2000 in the US
  • Sinus lift. Often required. $1,000 in Mexico, - $2,500 in the US
  • Branded implants in the US range from $3,000 to $5,000 per unit complete with crown. The higher price reflecting clinics in upscale communities.
  • All on 1, 4 on 1 - mini implant supported prosthesis or denture is substantially less than individual implants. The price can range from $2,900 to $4,500 per arch depending on variables in dental tourism countries and about double the cost in the West.     With a panoramic x-ray your dentist can better estimate  the number of units you will require. 
  • Prices in Mexico for top brand implants like Nobel Biocare range from $2,000 to $2,600 complete with crown in Mexico. Figure a a few hundred dollars less in Manila and 10% more in Bangkok than Manila.

Low-priced implants typically sold at discount clinics have a higher failure rate and shorter lifespan.

Quality implants will last 20 yrs. to a lifetime. Be wary of discount implant clinics who promote  slightly lower cost implants as “FDA approved” (made in China or Brazil). These may last only 6-8 years. The additional cost for top brands is the better investment. Implants do fail - and who wants to go through the expense and ordeal of impant surgery again?



Photo: All on 4


 
All on 4 

Today's hi-tech implant systems enable a minimum number of implants to support a maximum number of teeth. That means as few as four implants can be used to support a full arch (upper or lower jaw) of fixed, non-removable replacement teeth. And this remarkable life-changing event can be accomplished in a single day! If extractions or grafts are involved it can take several days longer however most of the time the work will be completed in 5 working days when mini implants are used. 

The cost for a 4 on 1 or similar prosthesis such as an All on 1 is substantially less than having individuals implants set. Your patient adviser can give you an estimate for your specific number of teeth, any required additional work such as sinus lift or bone grafts. 

Sinus Lift

A sinus lift is surgery in  your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It's sometimes called a sinus augmentation. Artificial bone is added between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose.

To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or "lifted." A sinus lift usually is done by a specialist. This could be either an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a periodontist. 

Purpose of a Sinus Lift 

A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, for dental implants to be placed. There are several reasons for this:

Many people who have lost teeth in their upper jaw — particularly the back teeth, or molars — do not have enough bone for implants to be placed. Because of the anatomy of the skull, the back of the upper jaw has less bone than the lower jaw.

Tooth loss may have led to a loss of bone as well. Once teeth are gone, bone begins to be absorbed back into the body. If teeth have been missing for a long time, there often is not enough bone left to place implants.

Bone Graft

Dental implants require the jawbone to have enough bone to support them. Tooth loss often leads to more loss of bone over time. The tooth loss may be caused by:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Dental caries (cavities) and infection
  • Injury or trauma
  • A defect in development

If the bone under your gum is not tall or not wide enough, or both, you will need a bone graft procedure to add bone to your jaw before implants can be placed.

Bone augmentation is a term that describes a variety of procedures used to "build" bone so that dental implants can be placed. These procedures typically involve grafting (adding) bone or bone like materials to the jaw. The graft can be lab produced artificial bone (most common) your own bone or be processed bone (off the shelf) obtained from a cadaver. 

After grafting, you have to wait several months for the grafted material to fuse with the existing bone. "Off–the-shelf" grafted materials either cause surrounding bone to grow into the graft or cause cells around the graft to change into bone. A graft from your own bone transplants bone cells or a block of bone that fuses to the jaw.

Several different procedures can be used for bone augmentation. Your dentist will select one depending on the type, location and number of implants to be used. If you need a bone graft, it is important that you and your dentist discuss all of the options available to you.




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