Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to the most common questions on prosthetic implants.
Is the process painful?
This is the most common question asked about implants. Of all of the surgical techniques developed in prosthetic dentistry, bone integrated implants are by far the less painful and easiest to insert because the technique is gentle and highly accurate.
Inserting dental implants does not require major surgery. The pain and postoperative symptoms are equivalent to those of having a few teeth removed. A vast majority of patients having undergone treatment describe the postoperative period as non-painful..
Are implants good for life?
The first patient to receive bone integrated implants—Gösta Larsson—received them in 1965 and his original implants were still in place when he died in 2005. Since then, millions of patients have benefited from implant treatments. This experience makes the Brånemark method one of the most tried and tested leading-edge medical techniques in the world.
However, patients must be aware that 30-year predictions do not have the same significance at age 60 than they may have at age 20! Several more decades of study will be needed before making credible lifetime predictions. However, realistically, we can at least hope that bone integrated implants will render several decades of good service if they were inserted under optimal conditions and are properly maintained. Based on current experience, a majority of patients’ implants will last them their entire lifetime.
However, as is the case with any prosthesis (or natural teeth for that matter!), bone integrated implants may wear down or break and need to be periodically repaired or replaced.
N.B. The cost of the initial treatment does not include maintenance.
How much do the treatments cost?
The Canadian health insurance system does not cover the cost of prosthetic implants.
Costs vary significantly depending on the type of treatment. It is important that you gather in advance all of the relevant information on the costs of the different treatments available. Certain treatment steps may be reimbursable under dental insurance programs. Also, in most cases, dental care costs are income tax deductible.
For most people, personal wellbeing is a natural and legitimate priority. Restoring your smile through dental implantology represents a long-term investment in your health and wellbeing. When taking into account the costs of alternative conventional treatments, amounts reimbursed by insurance companies (if applicable), tax deductions and financing plans, implants represent an affordable option for most patients.
Are your dental prosthesis making you suffer?
Dental implantology can easily eliminate the problems caused by an unstable prosthesis. Free yourself from pain, ulcers, smooth diets, embarrassment in public or in intimacy, problems chewing, digesting or speaking, muscular stress and premature ageing of the face that results from atrophying jaws (significant gum recession).
What advantages do these treatments provide?
These treatments provide several advantages: the pleasure of eating your favourite meals safely and without experiencing pain, normal mastication and digestion, an improved and varied diet, more natural elocution and smile, improved toning of facial muscles, improved appearance and self-confidence.
Is there an age limit beyond which implants can no longer be inserted?
No, people of all ages can receive implants. Treatment success rates are as high among older patients as they are among younger age groups.
Is financing available?
Clinique Veilleux Talbot proposes short - and medium - term financing with Accord D. Financing is available directly on site and payment terms are flexible.