Dental implants are a state-of-the-art tooth replacement that does what no other treatment can: bring back a complete tooth from root to crown. This creates a stronger and more natural-looking result than other traditional options, helping patients reclaim their smiles and peace of mind at the same time. Dr. Natalie Wong is considered a leading authority on dental implants throughout North America, and we’re very grateful to have her as part of the team here at Dentistry in Motion to provide dental implants in North York Toronto, Ontario.
In order for a patient to be a good candidate for dental implants, they need good dental health, stable overall health, and enough jawbone to adequately hold the new roots. Once these requirements are met (we can help you if you are lacking any), you’ll be able to choose from one of the following restorative options:
A single dental implant root and crown can be placed between two teeth without disturbing them at all, making this approach much more conservative compared to a traditional bridge (in which healthy teeth have to be filed down).
Dental implants can be used to anchor a partial denture, and just two can hold a bridge that supports up to three replacement teeth in a row. Implant versions of these common prosthetics are much stronger and natural-looking compared to their traditional counterparts.
Four to six strategically placed implants are all we need to secure a custom-made denture directly to the jawbone. With an implant denture, a patient will experience a superior hold, security, and bite compared to a typical removable one.
Many dental offices in the area force their patients to visit an outside specialist in order to have their dental implants placed, but at Dentistry in Motion, we bring the specialist to you! As mentioned above, Dr. Natalie Wong is widely recognized for her skill and knowledge with this treatment, and our patients will be able to work with her throughout the entire implant process so they can rebuild their smile in an effective and efficient manner.
Dental implants are a very versatile treatment able to help patients dealing with varying degrees of tooth loss, and because of this, the price of the procedure can be quite different from patient to patient. While they tend to cost more than traditional bridges and dentures, their durability often helps patients save money in the end. Regular replacements usually have to be completely redone every five to seven years, while implants can often last for 30 or more, meaning patients save thousands on maintenance and retreatment.
At Dentistry in Motion, we understand that replacing missing teeth is a big decision. We are here to help! Our expert team has compiled 5 of the most common questions that we hear from patients regarding dental implants and answered them below. If you still have additional questions about dental implants after reading this FAQ section, please do not hesitate to contact us directly or schedule a consultation at our North York office.
Replacing missing teeth is about much more than just improving your physical appearance. Missing teeth can lead to a number of negative health impacts, such as:
Yes! When you undergo implant treatment at Dentistry in Motion, you can trust that you are in good hands. We are proud to have Dr. Natalie Wong, one of the foremost experts in dental implants in North America, on our staff. Dr. Wong is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and was even elected the first female (and first Canadian) president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry in 2018. She regularly lectures nationally and internationally on implant dentistry to share her knowledge and expertise with her fellow dental professionals.
One major reason implants last for so long is because they are made from incredibly durable materials. At Dentistry in Motion, implants are made from a very strong metal called titanium, which replaces the missing tooth root structure and acts as a base for a custom restoration. Titanium is biocompatible, which enables the implant to safely fuse with the surrounding jawbone. The dental crowns that are attached on top of single tooth implants are typically made from 100% natural-looking porcelain.
Dental implants are an extremely safe and effective tooth replacement solution with a very high rate of success. In fact, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants have a success rate of approximately 95%!
However, while dental implant failure is rare, it can occur. The following factors can all contribute to dental implant failure:
Although every plan is slightly different, many dental insurance plans do not provide full coverage for implant treatment. However, there are often ways that patients can take advantage of their insurance benefits to help reduce out-of-pocket costs related to dental implants. For example, if you need a bone graft or need to address gum disease before proceeding with implant treatment, your dental insurance will likely cover these treatments.