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Up until relatively recently if you lost teeth due to gum disease, trauma or decay you were faced with only the choice of bridges, or dentures. A relatively new way to restore missing dentition is with dental implants.

What are Implants?

A dental implant is a special post, usually made from titanium, that is carefully inserted into the bone of the jaw. Dental implants can be used in conjunction with crowns to restore a single missing tooth, or with a dental bridge or denture for multiple missing teeth.

Implant Placement Process

Implants are recommended for anyone with tooth loss who is in good health to undergo most other dental procedures. The first step towards getting an implant is a consultation at the Kensington Dental Clinic. If the decision is made to proceed with a dental implant a referral is made to a qualified specialist, usually an oral surgeon. At the second consultation with the dental specialist x-rays will most likely be taken that allow them to evaluate the bone quality and quantity, and the position of the surrounding teeth and nerves. After this consultation a treatment plan is made between Dr. MacLean and the specialist. The treatment then involves the specialist placing the implant in the bone and Dr. MacLean restoring it after successful osteo-integration. Successfully restored implants can replace single missing teeth, support bridges for multiple missing teeth, or clip onto dentures making them much more stable.

Dental Implants - Longevity & Care

Although dental implants are inert and cannot decay like teeth they are subject to the stability of the bone surrounding them. Improper care and infections can cause the loss of implants however this is not a common occurrence. No exact longevity can be given but most dentists agree that if proper placed, and maintained are the longest lasting of any dental restoration.

What is the cost of a Dental Implant?

The cost of a dental implant is highly variable. It mainly depends upon how it is restored and what materials are selected for its fabrication. To have an accurate estimate completed a consultation appointment with Dr. MacLean is needed. At this point your different options can be provided and carefully explained so that you can decide what treatment is best for your needs.

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