Dental Implant procedures
How is dental implant done?
Depending on your condition and jawbone quality, placement of an implant could be performed in two different ways:
A CB CT (3D) scan is required for our specialist to evaluate the bone quality, then determine the most suitable method.
1. Conventional implant placement (delayed placement)
With conventional method, the tooth is extracted first, followed by sinus augmentation and/or bone grafting if there is insufficient bone to support an implant in the future.
After that, the extraction site will be left to heal for about 1 to 3 months before proceeding to the implant surgery. This method is strongly recommended for any tooth that has big periapical infection/abscess surrounding the root or patient that has bad periodontal condition.
2. Immediate implant placement
With this method, extraction of the tooth and placement of a implant will be done during the same appointment. After extraction, a small amount of bone might need to be grafted at the extraction site.
Immediate implant placement is typically recommended for patient who has moderately good jawbone with no or little/local infection at the roots.
Depending on your jawbone, the placement of prosthesis (crowns, bridges) could also be done immediately or delayed.
3. Delayed placement of the prosthesis
After the implant placement, a waiting period of 3 - 4 months (when bone grafting was not required), or 5 - 6 months (when severe bone grafting was required) is essential for the implant to integrate with your jawbone strongly and form a strong foundation to support the prosthesis.
The placement of prosthesis will be done in several steps:
- The implant is exposed and a healing cap will be screwed onto the exposed portion of the dental implant. After that, your specialist will then trim and shape the two flaps of gum tissue and reposition them back over the patient's jawbone and around the implant's healing cap.
- In 5 - 10 days, your gum will completely heal, your specialist will remove the healing cap and place the implant abutment. After that, impressions is taken to fabricate the crowns/bridges.
- In 3 - 4 days when your crowns/bridges are ready, implant abutments will be placed again and the crowns/bridges are cemented/screwed to the abutments.
4. Immediate placement of the prosthesis
After the surgery, your specialist will screw the abutment(s) in and take impressions. This impression will be sent to a special dental lab to fabricate your prosthesis: crowns or bridges. After a few days these crowns/bridges will be fitted on the implants.
This option is quite rare as it requires very good jawbone to hold the implant strongly to support the prosthesis. Additionally, it is typically used for single tooth implant only (except All on 4 dental implants).
What is the success rate of dental implants?
Over 50 years of development, dental implants nowadays have the highest success rate among restoration options for missing teeth.
Clinical researches and studies show that the success rate of dental implants ranges from 93% to 97% depending on several factors such as jawbone condition, periodontal condition and patient's medical history.
Cost of Dental Implant
What is the average cost of dental implants?
There are several components in dental implant treatment that you should inquiry all about them:
- Cost for the surgery: placement of the implants, bone grafting, sinus lifting. This depends on several factors such as: implant system, specialist's skills and experiences, jawbone's condition, amount of bone needs to be grafted.
- Cost for placement of the implant healing cap, implant abutment. This also depends on the implant system.
- Cost for placement of the final prosthesis: crowns or bridges on implants. This depends on the quality of the crowns/bridges, skills experiences of the prosthodontist.
Average cost breakdown for one dental implant in United States (best dental implant: Nobel BioCare system)
Cost for the surgery:
- Placement of the implant: about US $2,500
- Bone grafting: US $400 - US $800
- Sinus lifting: US $300 - US $900
Cost for placement of the implant healing cap, implant abutment: US $450
Cost for placement of the final porcelain crown (standard titanium fused to porcelain crown): US $1,500 - US $2,500
Average cost breakdown for one dental implant in Vietnam (best dental implant: Nobel BioCare system)
Cost for the surgery:
- Placement of the implant: about US $1,500
- Bone grafting: US $150 - US $450
- Sinus lifting: US $300 - US $600
Cost for placement of the implant healing cap, implant abutment: FREE
Cost for placement of the final porcelain crown (standard titanium fused to porcelain crown): US $225
Dental Implant - FAQ
Dental implant should last a lifetime. However, we all can sight examples where teeth have not served for a person's lifetime. We know that dental problems mostly stem from improper home care or lack of treatment when needed. The same holds true for implants. With proper care and routine dental check-ups they should last a lifetime. No one can give guarantees because the health of a person is dependent upon many factors which are out of the control of one's dentist, e.g., proper nutritional needs being met, proper hygiene, genetics, disease processes which might occur. So, the answer to this question really is that no one knows how long each individual implant will last... one's success can be influenced by the way you live and the quality of practitioner that you have chosen to do your implants... these things can tip the scales in your favor.
Legally yes, but like any medical or dental procedure, not all practitioners have equal experience, training or comfort with implant treatment. Also, for every procedure, there is a "learning curve" and you want practitioners with significant experience to help you with implant treatment so you are likely to get the best possible long term result.