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Dental Implants — Scarborough, ON

Permanent, Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement

attractive male with nice smile in a purple shirtThere are millions of Canadians currently dealing with missing teeth, and besides the impact they can have on the smile’s appearance, missing teeth can also make someone much more susceptible to developing additional dental problems such as gum disease, which itself can lead to even more tooth loss! For a patient hoping to replace their missing teeth, they need look no further than dental implants.

Over the past two decades, dental implants have become the most lifelike and durable solution to tooth loss available today, and you can get them right here in Scarborough at the Bal Dental Centre. Dr. Gus Bal is able to provide complete dental implant care all under one roof, making it even easier to rebuild your smile. To learn more about how this treatment could dramatically help your smile and oral health, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Why Choose BAL Dental Centre for Dental Implants?

  • Places and Restores Dental Implants In-House
  • Advanced Dental Procedures Performed by Expert Dentists
  • Affordable Dental Financing Options and Transparent Pricing

What Are Dental Implants?

A diagram of a dental implant next to natural teeth

Considered to be the gold standard for replacing teeth after they’ve been lost or extracted, dental implants are essentially prosthetic roots covered with a dedicated restoration. This could be a crown, bridge, or denture depending on the number of teeth you’re missing. Once connected together using an abutment, dental implants are capable of mimicking teeth in virtually every single way. Due to their longevity, esthetics, and overall functionality, dentists often recommend them over more traditional options. If you want true confidence in your smile and your long-term oral health, dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution out there.

4 Step Dental Implant Process

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While every dental implant treatment varies based on each unique patient’s needs, there’s a general process that every person who receives the treatment goes through to reach the finish line of having a fully restored and functional smile. Once the procedure is complete, most of our patients agree that all of the time and effort is worthwhile, because with dental implants in Scarborough, you can have the closest alternative to your home-grown teeth. Below, our team at Bal Dental Centre has outlined the 4-step process for you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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The initial consultation with Dr. Bal, your implant dentist in Scarborough, is one of the most important parts of the process. Our team will capture X-rays of your mouth and conduct a visual examination to determine how we should plan your treatment. Based on our findings, we’ll outline a treatment plan for you, laying out details like how many dental implants you’ll need to have placed, what type of restoration you require, and how much the process will cost. That way, you have all of the information necessary to make a knowledgeable decision moving forward.

Dental Implant Surgery

a dentist conducting implant placement surgery

Dr. Bal is specially trained to place dental implants himself, which allows the entire treatment to be completed in-house, so you won’t need to travel to multiple offices. During this procedure, Dr. Bal will place the titanium implant posts beneath the gumline, into the jawbone, so they’re able to fuse with it and provide your permanent restoration with a stable foundation. We’ll provide you with post-operative instructions to follow as you heal.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

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As you’re healing, your dental implants and jawbone will fuse together naturally, through a process called osseointegration. This is what makes dental implants such a superior tooth replacement treatment compared to traditional restorations, which can slip and shift within the mouth and still lead to jawbone deterioration. Once you’ve healed and this process is complete, our team will attach small, metal connector pieces called abutments to the implants.

Placement of Dental Restoration

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As soon as we receive your final restoration that will complete your smile, we’ll attach it to the abutments. Before you leave, we’ll fill you in on the best ways to take care of your new smile and the importance of still attending regular checkups and cleanings. If you have any issues or questions following the attachment of your permanent restoration, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly staff!

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Whether you only have a single small gap in your smile or you’re looking to replace an entire mouthful of lost teeth, dental implants in Scarborough are the solution for you. They’re versatile enough to bring back any number of missing teeth, letting you enjoy the benefits of having a full and complete smile once again. Once our expert team examines your mouth during a consultation, we can create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. Read on to find out if dental implants are right for you!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

The good news is that just about any adult who is in generally good health and is missing teeth can be a good candidate for dental implants. No wonder they’re so popular!

Typically, there are three things that your implant dentist in Scarborough looks for when determining your eligibility for dental implants:

  • Adequate overall health – Getting dental implants requires oral surgery, so you must be healthy enough to undergo minor surgery.
  • Good oral health – Any pre-existing oral health conditions, such as cavities or gum disease, should be addressed before dental implant placement. Otherwise, they could jeopardize the success of your procedure.
  • Jawbone density – Dental implants require a strong jawbone to serve as their foundation. If your jawbone has deteriorated after tooth loss, it won’t be able to give your implants the support they need.

If you don’t meet all of the qualifications at first, don’t worry! You may simply have to undergo one or more preparatory procedures first, such as bone grafting to strengthen a weakened jawbone.

Once your mouth is ready to support your new teeth, we can come up with a treatment plan based on the number of teeth you’re missing:

Missing One Tooth

For a single missing tooth, a dental implant post will be inserted into the space where the tooth’s root structure once was. An all-porcelain dental crown will be secured on top, and it will be shaped and shaded to completely blend in with the rest of your smile. This option is much sturdier and lifelike than a dental bridge, and it doesn’t require the enamel of your adjacent teeth to be filed down for support. As a result, it’s a healthier solution that allows you to retain more of your natural smile!

Missing Multiple Teeth

Rather than replacing each individual tooth with an implant post, we can place a post on either end of the space in your smile to support an implant bridge that looks and feels just like your original teeth. Implant bridges can replace several consecutive missing teeth at the same time. If you’ve lost teeth throughout your mouth, we can secure a partial denture onto a small number of implant posts.

Missing All Teeth

A full denture can actually be affixed to dental implants as well, providing a hold and stability much stronger than a traditional removable prosthetic. Implant dentures are usually fixed onto four to eight implant posts placed strategically throughout the jaw. Not only do they prevent the slippage that annoys denture wearers, but they can also last exponentially longer than conventional dentures.

Learn More About Implant Dentures

All-on-4

For patients whose jawbone may be too thin or brittle due to bone degeneration (which is common after tooth loss) to support normal implants, this treatment can also be completed using All-On-4 implants. Just four implant posts are inserted at precise angles to retain a full denture.

Learn More About All-On-4

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Even before discussing a dental implant tooth replacement plan, many patients want to know exactly how much it will cost. They are often frustrated to hear our team answer honestly that it depends on the individual case. While this may seem like we’re avoiding answering the question, offering an estimate without understanding the specifics of your situation would be unfair and inaccurate. Instead, we recommend patients call Bal Dental Centre to schedule a free consultation appointment.

During this no-pressure visit to our Scarborough dental office, we’ll examine your smile, discuss your treatment options, and provide accurate estimates of your out-of-pocket costs. You can learn some of the basics of Scarborough dental implant costs to help you develop appropriate expectations, but the only way to know the exact cost of dental implants in Scarborough is to schedule your tooth replacement consultation at Bal Dental Centre.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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The main factor affecting the price of your implant tooth replacement plan is the cost of your implant posts and their surgical placement. You can expect to pay between $1,000 and $6,000 to place a single dental implant with restoration. In rare cases, the cost of one dental implant replacement tooth may even be higher than that. The cost varies for a number of reasons, including:

  • The need for preliminary tooth extractions, bone grafts, or soft tissue grafting.
  • The use of sedation dentistry solutions to maintain comfort during surgical treatments.
  • The materials used to craft your implants and tooth replacement prosthetics.
  • The number and location of missing teeth.
  • The type of dental restoration you select.
  • The cost of correcting any concerns that arise during your treatment.

Because we can perform the entire start-to-finish procedure in-house, you will not need to pay for an outside specialist or implant dentist in Scarborough to come in and surgically place your dental implants. This can help minimize additional fees.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

A dentist points to a mouth mold with a single dental implant in Scarborough

Another component that affects the total cost of your dental implant treatment is the various parts of your dental implant, such as:

  • Materials: Depending on the dentist, titanium or zirconia are the two most popular options for dental implant materials.
  • The Number of Implants: Naturally, one single implant post will cost less than 4-8 used for a full implant denture. However, in the long run, an implant denture will cost less than a traditional denture.
  • The Brand: Our dental team at Bal Dental Centre will discuss the brand of dental implants we use so that you understand why a better-quality product will be more beneficial to you and your future smile.
  • The Type of Restoration You Need: Whether it is a dental crown, implant bridge, or full denture, the type of restoration you need will impact the cost of your treatment.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

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It is true that dental implants cost more than traditional prosthetics (i.e., dentures, dental bridges); however, when you consider how much you’re expected to pay for upkeep over the years, you will find that dental implants are more cost-effective. Here’s how:

  • You won’t pay for denture adhesives.
  • You won’t need to buy special cleaning supplies to maintain them.
  • You won’t pay for extensive treatment designed to address systemic issues caused by tooth loss (i.e., diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease)

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Unfortunately, most dental insurers still do not offer coverage for dental implants or their placement. However, your dental insurance policy should cover some of the other aspects of implant tooth replacement, including preliminary tooth extractions, sedation dentistry services, and your replacement tooth or teeth. We will partner with you to ensure you receive the maximum coverage for services throughout your treatment plan.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

A dentist holds a mouth mold with a dental implant and its crown in Scarborough

When it comes to making dental implants in Scarborough affordable, it’s important to work with a dentistry team you can trust. At Bal Dental Centre, we work with patients to maximize any dental insurance coverage they may receive for implant tooth replacement.

We also work with HealthSmart to provide low and no interest financing plans. We work to ensure our dentistry services are affordable, and that starts with your complimentary tooth replacement consultation in our Scarborough dental office. Most importantly, we provide clarity of pricing and out-of-pocket treatment costs throughout the dental implant tooth replacement process, so you never have any unexpected fees or costs that you haven’t had the opportunity to budget for.

Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

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Replacing teeth with dental implants is a precise process. In order for it to succeed, it is vital that a patient’s bone structure is able to provide a strong base of support for the implants and their restorations. At Bal Dental Centre, we fully understand the intricacies of dental implants, and we are able to perform all stages of the treatment process, including advanced procedures that prepare a patient’s bones to accept dental implants. On this page, we explain what those advanced procedures are and how they work.

Bone Grafting

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The human body is very efficient. If a part of it is not being used, it may lose some of its structure and strength so those raw materials can be used elsewhere. The jaw is no exception to that rule, which is why it tends to become smaller and weaker when it does not have a full set of teeth to support. If you have already lost a significant amount of bone in your jaw due to tooth loss, you may need a bone graft in Scarborough before you are eligible to receive dental implants.

During the grafting procedure, we make an incision in the gums, after which we insert the grafting material (which may be bone from another part of your body, donor bone, or artificial bone material). After the graft is in place, we close the incision. Your body will bond with the grafting material, resulting in a stronger, denser jawbone.

Sinus Lift

 
                A dentist wearing manifers and a surgical light

A sinus lift in Scarborough is a particular type of bone graft. It builds up the upper jaw in the area of the molars and premolars, just below the sinus cavity. It also involves lifting the sinus membrane (hence, the name of the procedure). A sinus lift is often necessary if bone loss had occurred in the upper jaw, or if the sinus cavity has enlarged to the point where it might be ruptured if a dental implant were placed below it.

During the procedure, we make an incision in the gums and create a small hole in the bone in order to expose the sinus membrane. After we gently push the membrane up, we pack the bone with a grafting material. Once you completely heal from the sinus lift surgery (which usually takes 4 – 9 months), you may be able to receive a dental implant in Scarborough.

Dental Implant FAQs

Questions and answers about dental implants

Dental implants in Scarborough are the most reliable method of treating tooth loss; however, they are a lifelong commitment. It is normal to have a few concerns before you are ready to move forward with the procedure. Dr. Bal will explain everything during your consultation to ease any apprehensions. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the most frequent questions we are asked about dental implants.

Can I take dental implants out?

A dental implant is designed to be a permanent solution to replace a lost tooth, so you can’t take it out on your own. A titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone to mimic the root. Your bone will integrate with the post through a process called osseointegration. Only a trained dental professional can extract the implant from the bone. Although you can’t remove the post, some implant dentures can be taken out for easy cleaning.

Does it hurt to get dental implants?

You don’t have to worry about any pain during your placement surgery. Your implant dentist in Scarborough will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. A sedative will also be used to keep you comfortable and relaxed as the implant is inserted into your bone. Although you won’t feel anything during your placement procedure, your mouth will be sore for a few days. Use an OTC pain reliever while you recover and follow your aftercare instructions.

How long do dental implants last?

Many people are choosing dental implants because of their life expectancy. They are proven to last decades longer than traditional bridges and dentures. However, various factors affect the lifespan of your new smile, like your oral hygiene routine. Commit to brushing, flossing, and using a daily mouthwash. Maintain your semi-annual appointments for a cleaning and checkup to ensure your investment thrives for 30 years or longer. Dr. Bal will also recommend protecting your dental implants from unnecessary wear and tear, like using your teeth as tools to open packages. You’ll also want to limit how often you have hard or sticky foods.

Do dental implants feel natural?

A dental implant is the only treatment to replace the entire tooth structure, creating the next best thing to your real teeth. After your mouth has healed, your dental implants will feel completely natural. They’ll be secured to your jawbone, so you’ll never have to worry about slipping or irritation to smile and laugh freely. Your bone will also restore your oral functions, allowing you to regain up to 70% of your natural biting force to enjoy all your favorite foods.

What are the signs of dental implant failure?

Dental implant failure is rare, but it’s important to remain vigilant for any signs of a complication, like redness or inflammation near the post. If you have pain or your implant feels loose, don’t wait to contact our office. The quicker the problem is addressed, the more likely Dr. Bal can save your smile from complete failure.