– Dr. Peter Balogh”
Are You in Pain?
- Got broken teeth?
- Simply missing teeth?
- If you’re looking to replace your teeth, dental implants are the ideal way to either replace or secure them into place so that your teeth do not shift, move or fall out.
Why You Should Choose VCCID
- Voted #1 Consumers Choice: Cosmetic & Implant Dentist
- We can assist you with your Insurance plans
Dr. Balogh and the VCCID team are here to look after your implant needs.
Our goal is to provide you with an excellent dental service experience.
Why You May Need Dental Implants
Dental implants provide the foundation (replacing the tooth roots) and the replacement teeth, in the form of dentures, bridges or crowns, can be attached to the implants and made to look nearly identical to real teeth. Plus, the material of the replacements are strong and support effective chewing. We’ll talk more about the benefits and advantages of dental implants further down the page.
Whether you’ve had loose dentures and need an option to secure them, or if you’ve broken some teeth and need replacements with good support, then dental implants may be the dental solution for you.
Let’s go through exactly what dental implants are, the different types of dental implants, your possible dental implant treatment options, the cost of dental implants and the benefits and advantages of dental implants. This might be a lot of information but getting all the information necessary to make a decision is important. Your smile and overall dental health are critical details that impact you every day.
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What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are like artificial roots that are placed in the upper or lower jaw bone. The purpose of these implants is to provide stable support for the teeth that are placed on top. In most cases the teeth that are put on top of the dental implants typically look so close to real teeth that most people will not be able to notice up close.
If you have lost teeth, generally speaking, you are likely a good candidate for dental implants. But they aren’t good for everyone. There are some medical conditions (such as cancer, uncontrolled diabetes oruncontrolled gum disease) which may affect the success of dental implants. In most cases, we may still be able to place implants but need to modify the procedure or treatment options and procedures to ensure a good long term result.
Types of Dental Implants
So you now know what dental implants are. But did you know that there are other types of dental implants? Prior to the discovery of titanium, there were other “competing” designs of implants in use. Although the common “root form” implant appears to be the only one in use today some of these other designs are still useful in specific situations, and most of them are also now made in titanium as well. Knowing these different types is important for your own knowledge as, for obvious reasons, one or multiple types could be the dental solution for you.
There are 3 common types of dental implants:
- Endosteal Implants – These are placed within the jawbone. They are typically called “root form” implants although they look like a common wood screw more than a tooth root, and they comprise the majority of today’s’ implants.
- Subperiosteal Implants – These are typically placed under the gums but sits on or above the jawbone.
- Transosteal – These are placed through the gum and jawbone, typically using a metal pin or U-shaped frame.
- Ramus frame, Ramus blades and plate forms – These are like the endosteal implants in that they are placed within the bone but their shape, location of placement and indications for use are specific.
Today’s endosteal implants provide the greatest versatility and options for replacing teeth. However for some patients with severe bone loss the other types of implants can be beneficial and may be preferred for reasons of simplicity, length of treatment and lower costs.
It’s important to consult your implant dentist on what the best option is for you. After a full dental implant consultation and tests, your implant dentist will be able to determine what the best solution is for you.
Zirconia Implants: A Metal-Free Alternative
Traditional metal implants don’t work for everyone. Some people are allergic to metals like nickel that are used in titanium alloy, while others have concerns about the long-term safety of putting metal into their body. If you’re uncomfortable with receiving metal implants, but still want all the quality of life improvements that come with dental implants, zirconia implants may be the perfect choice for you.
As one of only two dental practitioners in Metro Vancouver to offer zirconia implants, and a leader in holistic dentistry, VCCID understands the importance of finding dental solutions that support overall health. Visit our zirconia implants page here to find out more about how they can help support your long-term oral health and comfort.
Dental Implant Treatment Options
Now, if you’ve read through all of the above or have skimmed the page for what you might be looking for, you’re probably wanting to know what your dental implant treatment options are. Having a missing or broken tooth can be painful, uncomfortable and downright annoying.
You need options – and we’ll tell you what some of them might be right now.
Option 1: Dental Implants to Secure Your Dentures
This is for usually people who already have dentures or their existing teeth are such that they cannot be saved. The most common complaint people have with their dentures is that they are loose and move or sometimes fall out, or that they are very uncomfortable to eat with.
The simplest solution is to use 2-3 implants with attachments to safely secure dentures in place. Although this will keep the denture from moving, the denture still does sit and get its support from the gum tissue. If you are having pain or discomfort while eating, you may need a slightly different design so that all the chewing function is placed onto the implant and not the gum tissue itself. In that case Dr. Balogh can put additional dental implants with a gold or titanium bar to both increase denture stability and support the chewing forces.
Option 2: Dental Implants to Support Your Crowns and Bridges
If it’s determined that the replacements for your teeth will be a crown or a bridge, we can use dental implants as supports and abutments.
Whether it’s a crown or a bridge, these two options can be constructed to look very close to your actual teeth. Furthermore, functionally, they are excellent for chewing much like your natural teeth.
Option 3: Single Appointment Dental Implants
Most dental implant procedures take several months from beginning to end as the body must grow bone against the implant surface for it to become secure, and typically this is from 4-6 months.
However, it is possible to place a dental implant in a single appointment. A tooth can be extracted, replaced with an implant and then tooth or crown put in place all in one day. We still do need to wait for the area to heal and steps need to taken to ensure that the bone will grow and the implant will be successful. This often means eating a soft diet and/or adjusting the tooth so that there is minimal pressure placed on the implant.
Dental Implants Cost
So you’ve heard about what dental implants are, all these different types and what the treatment options are. You’re probably wondering — how much is all this going to cost?
We understand that cost figures are important and that’s why we dedicated an entire page of our site to the cost of dental implants. We’ll give it to you straight: The general cost ranges for dental implants go from under ~$4,500 to over $20,000 (including both surgery and prosthesis). Yes, that’s a large range but there are a number of important factors:
- How many implants are needed (this can be highly subjective and depends on the dentist’s experience, training and ‘philosophy’)
- The type of prosthetics used
- Which teeth are being replaced
Be sure to get a fully costed amount for your dental implant procedure. Some offices like to go the “cost-plus” approach where they give you an approximate total but this does not include other contingencies such as additional material costs, x rays, failures, modifications in treatment, etc.
Dr. Balogh has been doing dental implants since 1990 and has the ability to be very precise with cost estimates. Estimates are inclusive of all steps, procedures and materials from beginning to end, including replacement if an implant fails to integrate (heal). Given the overwhelming positive testimonials, his patients know his cost estimate precision to be true.
Advantages and Benefits of Dental Implants
In case you still aren’t sure about whether dental implants may be something you ought to look more into, here are just some of the many advantages and benefits of dental implants:
- Reduce stress on remaining teeth
- Stabilize your mouth
- Reduce pain
- Improve chewing
- Secure your teeth
- They do not decay!
Consult with Dr. Peter Balogh – Burnaby Implant Dentist in Metrotown
Lastly, it’s important to know who your implant dentist is. Their training, experience, knowledge and philosophy make all the difference — in your treatment, cost and overall experience. Burnaby’s Dr. Peter Balogh, BSc, DDS, DABOI has over 25 years of training and experience in the field.
Dr. Balogh provides all phases of implant dentistry including placement and reconstruction. Dr. Balogh has given lectures and demonstrations to dentists, denturists and auxiliaries on implants, and is currently a surgical instructor and mentor at the University of British Columbia Dental School for the Vancouver Maxicourse, an advanced surgical training program for dentists.
In addition to the above, he has also achieved the following:
- Fellow, Internal Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Graduate of the Misch Institute for Advanced Implant Dentistry
- Founder, Oral Implantology Surgical Seminars
- Fellow, American Academy Implant Dentistry
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Member with the American Society of Osseointegration
- Member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
- Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Past Apex Instructor for the University of Boston Dental Medicine
- Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology (highest distinction one can receive in the field of implant dentistry
Not all dental implants are created equal
VCCID in Burnaby is the place to come for any of your dental problems. From the meticulous maintenance of your healthy mouth to the restoration of a better smile.
Dr. Balogh and his team are equipped and have 25 years of experience to help you.