What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are the most successful form of treatment available for the replacement of missing teeth, offering your teeth that look, feel and function like that of natural teeth.  Loose and uncomfortable dentures can now be replaced with something that is permanent and feels like a part of you.Implants are medical-grade titanium screws placed into the jawbone as a substitute for a missing tooth root.  They are allowed to integrate naturally with the bone (a process called osseointegration) before a crown, bridge or fixed denture is fitted to replace one or more missing teeth, thus eliminating the need for uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures.

Dental implants may be needed for a variety of reasons including trauma, decay or gum disease.  Missing teeth can cause the lips and face to collapse, giving a prematurely aged appearance, as the bony structure that was once supporting a tooth or teeth has deteriorated.

The benefits of dental implants are:

  • They are a permanent solution to missing teeth
  • They are identical to your natural teeth in appearance, feel and function
  • They restore your bite by stopping the remaining teeth on either side of the space moving and rotating, which often makes it difficult to chew food efficiently
  • They improve the appearance of your smile
  • They reduce the appearance of premature aging and wrinkles
  • They help retain a bone structure

Dentures are not the Answer

Denture Alternatives

Are you one of those millions around the world who have lost their teeth to age related edentulism, or tooth loss, and are still hoping to live life the way you did – when you had a complete set of fully functional teeth, without resorting to dentures?

If you responded in the affirmative, you can take recourse to the fact that today there are suitable denture alternatives which can allow you to easily live as enriching and fulfilling a life as you did when your teeth were all in place.

In fact there are specialized denture alternative entities which have taken on the mantle of saving society from all the perils that come with losing teeth…be it the inability to consume food with the same level of ease which comes with having teeth, or a general lack of confidence that has been shattered by a perceived distortion of appearance.

Under such circumstances, we find organizations like Nobel Biocare striving hard to make life a whole lot easier for this large subset of society, with unique products like NobelSmile which can easily serve as permanent alternatives to dentures.

How do these denture replacement solutions work?

Denture replacement solutions like the one from Nobel Biocare work on the principle of affixing an entire dental bridge with at least four dental implants. That way this unique denture alternative gets permanently fixed in the mouth, doing away with the need for denture adhesive as well.

Moreover, Nobel Biocare has worked things out in such a way that these implants give a feeling of having natural roots at the bottom, thus mirroring the entire experience of having natural teeth.

Are such implants safe?

Well, alternatives to dentures such as NobelSmile are not entirely new to the market in the first place. Rather, they have been around for a fairly long time and the experience for all those opting for these implants has indeed been a very pleasant one. That in many ways alone affirms the safety that these implants embody.

Further, if we are to look at real life case studies, one of the best instances would be that of Gösta Larsson, the first documented recipient of a dental implant, back in 1965. In his case, having been edentulous for a very long time, affixing of dental implants ensured that he lived a fuller life for more than 40 years, till his death in 2006.

But what about costs?

Dental implants are a whole lot cheaper than what they are perceived to be. Additionally, being a onetime process, there aren’t any of the recurring expenses typically associated with dentures.

So even if you as a patient are to incur more expenses in the case of these dental implants vis-à-vis dentures, bear in mind the fact that in the long run you will only be saving money.

How has the uptake been of these dental implants?

Well, the uptake of these dental implants has been nothing short of phenomenal, often recommended through word of mouth, on the basis of very positive feedback and personal experience that gets passed on from one end user to another.

After all, as we mentioned right at the outset, the prevalence of edentulism globally is simply striking and growing with voracious pace, every single day. As longevity plays an increasing part wherein more of us live longer than ever before, we nonetheless face the daunting task of having to deal with non-functional or simply non-existent teeth.

In such a scenario, dentures seem the common and relatively easy way out but at the same time come with numerous perils of their own including poor fitting inside the mouth, the inability to enjoy food and drink, and of course a heightened diminution of self-confidence.

Against such a backdrop, dental implant improvisations like NobelSpeedy and NobelActive have come as a true breath of fresh air which do not prevent the user from doing any of the activities that the person in question indulged in, when teeth were intact.

With such a robust background to these dental implants, it is no surprise that their uptake has been extremely high and will continue to remain robust in the future as well, especially when more of the general populace will go on to face a grim edentulous situation.

Tiunite, But what is it?

The premier moderately rough surface. With pore openings and volcano-like elevations both in the lower micrometer and nanometer range, TiUnite is produced from phosphate enriched titanium oxide.

There’s nothing quite like TiUnite®! TiUnite is titanium oxide developed into an osseoconductive biomaterial through spark anodization. TiUnite builds on the tradition of the machined implant surface, but offers improved results.

Since its market introduction in 2000, TiUnite has shown that it serves to maintain implant stability immediately after placement with enhanced osseointegration and anchorage in surrounding bone.

Maintaining marginal bone in the long term is crucial for maximizing functional endurance and ensuring esthetics with long-term soft tissue support.

As you would expect from Nobel Biocare, TiUnite supports stable marginal bone levels after the initial bone remodeling phase and over the long term.

TiUnite expands treatment possibilities while providing safe and reliable outcomes. Implants with the TiUnite surface can be used in all indications, bone types and treatment protocols. The longest clinical data available for TiUnite implants, immediately loaded in regions of predominantly soft bone, demonstrates a 97.9% cumulative survival rate (CSR) and stable marginal bone levels, ten years after implant placement.

Results of clinical use demonstrate that dental professionals can effectively reduce the time at risk for immediately loaded implants using TiUnite.

More than just a well-known brand, TiUnite has set the standard in implant surface technology for more than a decade. To date, it has been clinically documented in more than 190 publications with over 9,600 patients, 29,000 implants and—in some studies—more than 10 years of follow-up. In total, more than 11 million implants with TiUnite have been used.

No one should have to die with their teeth in a glass of water beside their bed.
Per-Ingvar Brånemark

All of Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s first patients were edentulous cases that he treated with full-arch restorations. Consequently, no other form of oral implant treatment has more or longer favorable follow-up than these traditional bone-anchored solutions.

The data set extends well back into the post-war era. Nobel Biocare is proud to continue to develop new solutions based on this experience.

If you’re looking for an efficient full-arch treatment concept for immediate loading—one that’s both affordable and well-proven—All-on-4 treatment is supported with almost fifteen years of clinical success. This treatment option, it should be noted, was pioneered by Nobel Biocare.

The humble overdenture—still a good alternative to the removable denture according to the long-term data that Nobel Biocare solutions have accumulated over the years—has gone high-tech with the advent of the NobelProcera Implant Bar Overdenture.

Tell removable denture wearers that there is a well proven, scientifically validated, bone-anchored alternative to the countless social, emotional and even nutritional disappointments they’ve faced since losing their teeth—and they will be eager to know more.

There are many options to consider when you meet dissatisfied removable denture users—including zygomatic solutions for the long- time denture wearer with severely resorbed maxillary bone. Nobel Biocare covers all the bases.

The Challenge of Longevity

Despite reports from the WHO that indicate that oral health is improving in all age groups globally, edentulism is still on the upswing as we’re surviving into old age in greater numbers than ever before. Living a full life—rather than just surviving— requires teeth that work; and for the edentulous patient that means implant-based prosthetics.

Implant innovations, such as NobelSpeedy and NobelActive, deliver the high initial stability necessary to turn immediate loading into routine procedure today, but are only part of the treatment equation.

You have to trust every aspect of the treatment protocol, the associated surgical and prosthetic components, and the time-proven reliability of the entire treatment concept, if you are going to recommend implants to the removable denture wearer. Nobel Biocare delivers on all these points.

To effectively present the good news of implant-based alternatives to denture wearers, one has to be aware of their worries and concerns and make them aware of the long-term detrimental effects of edentulism.

Bone resorption leads to facial changes, accelerated superficial signs of aging, and masticatory difficulties. Even the best fitting removable dentures could cause additional problems such as difficulty speaking, reluctance to laugh, and the widely heard complaint: sore spots and painful blisters.

According to a scientific finding published by J. Fisk et al, in 1998, the most common complaints from people wearing dentures are serious indeed. They include a sense of premature aging, less self-confidence and more frequent embarrassment.

People who wear removable dentures report that they enjoy food and drinks less, no longer laugh freely and find social networking more difficult. A poorly fitting denture worsens the situation while an implant-anchored or retained solution improves it.

It may be difficult to get removable denture wearers to meet the osseointegration specialist—many of them don’t visit the dentist, except when they are having problems, after all. Still, it’s well worth the effort to make the connection.

Benefits of a CT Scan

A 3D CT scan gives you information in all three planes so you can see the volume of the bone rather than just a 2D image, which can be limited. Furthermore, you can take measurements in all three dimensions, decide on the ideal site for placement and thus choose the most appropriate length and type of implant to use – as well as determining whether any kind of bone graft is necessary.
CT scan data can be used in other dental technologies to assist accuracy in diagnosis and implant planning: in particular, implant guided systems where virtual implants can be placed on-screen and in many cases a custom-made drill guide can be fabricated for use in surgery. Anatomical models (3D replicas of the patient’s jaws) can be made from the data – these models can be drilled into and actual implants can be placed.

Cone Beam CT scanning

CBCT is accurate and cost-effective with a low radiation dose. Usually, these scans are taken with the patient upright (rather than supine in a conventional CT scanner) – this preserves the natural position of the teeth as well as being reassuring for anxious or claustrophobic patients. Most CBCT scanners can limit the field of view and thus the radiation exposure. Small volume scans continue this idea, and some scanners can image a single tooth.

Hassle-Free, No Obligation Implant Consultation

Do you still need more information on CT Scans? Please contact Dr. Maru at 604-585-4044 to schedule a Dental Implant consultation or simply fill out our Online Dental Implant Form.

Tips on Affordable Dental Implant Costs

The fact that dental implant costs can be reasonably high is fairly well documented. Yet what is not easily understood is the fact that when it comes to dental implants, there are straightforward ways and means by which one can easily make the entire process a lot more affordable. In this article, let us look at some ways in which that can be achieved with reasonable ease.

Financial HealthSmart

An excellent way in which you can easily manage the payments for getting dental implants done in a relatively easy and cost-effective manner would be by deferring the entire payment to be made, over an extended period of time.

This can be done in numerous ways. First of all, many dentists themselves have such plans on offer. By tying up with relevant financial entities, dentists themselves can easily offer affordable plans for getting dental implants done. Essentially, what happens in these cases is that while the dentist is paid upfront via the financial entity, the patient then repays back to that entity in installments. You can easily equate such an arrangement with say a car loan or a mortgage on your house.

The advantage with this setup is that you do not have to forgo a large sum of money right up front. Instead, you can have a smaller sum arranged (yes, there will typically be a minimum down payment which will be expected from you) which will let you go through the entire surgical procedure, while the remaining can be paid off in convenient installments.

Dental Insurance

While not being a certainty, it is fairly possible that dental implants can be covered within relevant insurance policies.

Ideally, in such a scenario, you should be checking with your insurance company or agent whereby you can then be guided appropriately on the kind of dental insurance which you would be eligible for and whether dental implants would, in fact, be covered within the sum assured.

Often, dental implants are in fact NOT covered in typical dental insurance policies. At the same time, due to the fact that there are more and more people who are now opting for dental implants, insurance companies have clearly noted the potential which exists in front of them and has therefore started offering dental implants within the policies which they have. So for a separate monthly, quarterly or yearly premium – as the case may be, you can easily get dental implants done with the help of suitable dental insurance.


This article serves as an excellent pointer to the fact that when it comes to dental implants, they can, in fact, be more affordable than they are otherwise typically assumed to be. So the key is to be vigilant about ways and means by which getting dental implants have done can be made a far more affordable and pocket-friendly proposition.

Call Surrey Dental Implants at 604 585 4044 and let us assist you in finding the best solution possible.