When patients visit Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre to replace their broken, failing, or missing teeth, they have the option to choose dental implants for a highly functional and long-term tooth (or teeth) restoration solution. Dental implants truly change lives. For people who are living with tooth loss, the emotional consequences can be high — implants provide these patients with a secure foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed titanium posts that inserted into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. Implants can support individual replacement teeth, or secure other types of tooth restoration such as a full-arch replacement to replace an entire arch of teeth. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged to secure the restoration, and implants can last a lifetime if proper care is taken. Because an implant fuses with the natural bone in the jaw just like a natural tooth root, you can regain the ability to eat virtually anything and smile with confidence knowing that your replacement teeth appear natural. Implants also keep the jaw healthy and strong, preventing bone deterioration by stimulating the bone in your jaw just like natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
To restore a missing tooth, oral surgeons can surgically place a dental implant made of titanium that securely anchors a custom crown for a complete, healthy tooth replacement. With countless incredible benefits, it is easy to see why this dental restoration solution is a favorite with our Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre patients. These are a few of the benefits of this transformative tooth restoration treatment:
- Durability and versatility — with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
- Improved self-confidence.
- Eat your favorite foods again.
- Talking, smiling, and eating with confidence again.
- Dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, so they work to preserve your long-term oral health.
- Most patients are dental implant candidates.
. . . and so much more!
We find that many patients are candidates for receiving dental implants — especially with the advent of advanced bone grafting techniques that open dental implant treatment to patients who have suffered bone loss due to long-term tooth loss, or other factors. Typically, if you are healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction, dental implants are an option for you.
If you are looking to restore your oral function with dental implants, or have any further questions about our procedures, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Esmail at our practice in Abbotsford, BC. We appreciate the opportunity to care for you at Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Esmail at Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre has been extensively trained in dental implant placement through surgical residency, continuing education, and by working with patients in this practice over the years. His training and experience have made him highly qualified to perform implant placement with optimal long-term results.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Esmail performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting (if necessary), the restorative dentist (your family dentist) designs and creates the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process. To fabricate the prosthetic tooth or teeth, a digital 3D impression is taken of your mouth and a model is created. The replacement teeth are based on this model and can be crowns, fixed bridges, or removable/fixed dentures.
Most dental implants and bone graft procedures can be performed at Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre under intravenous (conscious) sedation. Dr. Esmail is highly trained in the administration of in-office anesthesia. To learn more about our anesthesia options and procedures, please review our Anesthesia Options page so that you will be prepared to discuss your anesthesia preferences with the surgeon during your consultation. The dental implant procedure typically goes as follows:
- Consultation. The process of receiving dental implants begins on the day of your consultation with Dr. Esmail. During this appointment with your oral surgeon, your condition will be assessed, and you will work together to form a treatment plan. 3D scans may be taken to create detailed surgical guides for your procedure.
- Surgery. You will have chosen your anesthesia preference with the doctor at the consultation, and it will be administered before your procedure. You will not feel any discomfort during surgery. Dr. Esmail will make a small incision in your gum tissue where the implant is to be placed. Next, he will insert the titanium implant post into the exposed jaw bone. After the procedure, you will receive stitches at the site of your surgery and will then be given time to rest before your designated driver takes you home. The surgical procedure for implant placement takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant, and about 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants.
- Recovery. After your surgery, you will return home to begin the healing process. You may have been outfitted with a temporary crown to wear during this time. We have found that many of our patients are back to their regular routines after just a couple of weeks; however, the fusion of the implant with the jaw bone will take a bit longer. This amount of healing time varies depending on the quality and quantity of bone in the jaw as well as a few other factors. Your doctor will discuss all of this with you so that you are fully informed before your procedure takes place. Follow-up care appointments with Dr. Esmail are often scheduled to ensure that you are healing well.
- Abutment Placement. After the initial phase of healing, the surgeon will place an abutment (support post) onto your titanium implant during one of your follow-up visits. The abutment is the piece that will connect your new crown to your implant.
- Crown placement. Once Dr. Esmail has determined that you are ready for the final phase of your treatment — the placement of your permanent tailor-made new crown — your restorative dentist will fit the crown to the dental implant. Get ready to smile!
Your new dental implants should last a lifetime if you keep your mouth clean and healthy and maintain regular appointments with your dental specialists. Dr. Esmail is available to meet with you for a consultation appointment, where he will work closely with you to develop your treatment plan and restore your smile. Please call the front office to learn more about us, and about the dental implant procedures we perform at our friendly practice in Abbotsford, BC.
Dental Implant Cost
We will make every effort to provide you with the most accurate estimate of the expenses involved in your dental implant treatment. The exact cost of your dental implants will depend on a few factors, such as the number of implants you will be receiving, and if you will require bone grafting or extractions to prepare for your implant surgery. Your insurance coverage will also be a factor in estimating your cost. You will be charged separately for the services of the dentist providing your custom crowns. The best way to estimate your dental implant cost is to have a consultation with Dr. Esmail, where all of these factors can be evaluated.
While dental implants can seem like an expensive tooth replacement option, it’s hard to put a price on something as life-changing as replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Regaining the ability to eat the foods you love knowing that your teeth appear natural and that the health of your jaw bone is being maintained as with natural teeth, has lifelong value for your budget and your health. Dental implants can last decades if cared for well, unlike other more traditional tooth restorations that must be replaced periodically. Some of the financial and personal advantages our implant patients enjoy include the following:
- A lifelong tooth replacement. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants do not require replacement after a few years. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental appointments, dental implants can last a lifetime.
- Better oral health. Because dental implants are embedded in your jaw bone through osseointegration, they stimulate jaw bone growth, just like the roots of natural teeth. This stimulation helps to prevent the unsightly and destructive bone loss that is caused by prolonged tooth loss.
- Improved quality of life. With this restoration, patients can eat the foods they love and speak, eat, and smile with confidence. Dental implants can be a doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind. This type of long-lasting oral rehabilitation is priceless.
Dental implants truly change lives for the better! If you are interested in learning more about this long-lasting, cost-effective, and healthy way to replace damaged or missing teeth, please give Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre a call.
For more on the cost and value of dental implants at our trusted practice in Abbotsford, BC, see our Dental Implant Cost page.
Dental Implant FAQ
Please see our Dental Implant FAQ here.
Dental Implant Instructions
At Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre, our priority is to provide safe and comfortable procedures with optimal outcomes. Dr. Esmail has undergone extensive specialized training to provide you with excellent oral surgery care, but when it comes to getting the most out of your treatment, ensuring a quick recovery, and reducing the risk of complications, it is essential that you follow the proper self-care guidelines both before your oral surgery and after.
You will receive detailed care instructions from your oral surgeon and, for your convenience, we also include guidelines here. To best prepare you, we provide both pre- and post-operative instructions. The general pre-operative instructions will help you prepare for surgery by adjusting your diet, medications, and anything else needed to ensure you are completely ready. The post-operative instructions will be specific to your procedure and will provide instructions for your care after surgery. Always feel free to call our practice with any questions you may have, including questions about pre- and post-operative care. If anything is unclear to you, our knowledgeable staff is happy to offer guidance.
Tooth Replacement Options
Dr. Esmail of Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre is board-certified by both the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. While our practice specializes in placing dental implants, we understand that dental implants may not be the right tooth replacement option for everyone. We proudly offer information on additional tooth replacement solutions on our website. If you would like to determine the right tooth restoration option for you, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with the oral surgeon. Some of your options for tooth replacement may include the following:
- Dental Implants
- Full-Arch Replacements
- Flippers/Metal Partials
- Full or Partial Dentures
If you have questions, or are ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Esmail, please contact our Abbotsford, BC, practice. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the restoration of your smile!
Learn more about tooth replacement options on our Tooth Replacement Options page.