Introduction to Dental Implants
Who Should Have Dental Implants
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants




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A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth ,bridge or denture. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due and accident ,to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since dental implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions dental implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for denatal implants. 

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Dental implants are a great  solution to the problem of missing teeth.

Aesthetic - Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth!  Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.  No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.

Tooth-saving - Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant.  More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

Confidence - Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence!  They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures.  They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.

Reliable - The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.


The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health.  Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.



What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used as replacements for missing teeth.  They are anchors for a replacement tooth, crown or a set of replacement teeth.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, decay, or if you can no longer wear removable dentures.  Dr Ben Harris can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.

Are there different kinds of dental implants?
There are many types of implants. Dr Ben Harris uses only those dental implant systems that have been proven and well researched, namely Nobel biocare and Strauman implants.

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Do I have enough bone?
It is important that there is enough bone to support the implant.  If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency.  Dr Ben Harris will assess this and advise you of your options.

Will this take a long time?
Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs.  Sometime the implant can be put in the same day as your broken tooth is removed.  Dr Ben Harris may be able to give you teeth the same day as your dental implants are placed.

The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dentalimplants required to support your replacement teeth.

Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants.

Typically, there is a fee for the surgical procedure and a separate fee to attach the posts and construct your replacement teeth.

To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have Dr Ben Harris examine your mouth.  After a thorough diagnostic examination, Dr Ben Harris will recommend the treatment that is best for you and what your investment would be for the procedure.

It is important to consider long-term cost when making a decision about tooth replacement.  Dental implant treatment may be a larger initial investment, but it is frequently a more cost effective solution in the long term.



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