FAQ

Here at Chrysalis Dental Centres, we appreciate that you have questions and concerns. We want to help you make the most informed decision for your personal well-being, comfort, appearance, and self-confidence.

Can I get dental implants if I smoke?

Yes, you can. Many of our successfully treated patients have been smokers. There is a slightly increased risk of complications with active smokers. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

Chrysalis Dental Centres uses only implants provided by Nobel Biocare, one of the world’s leading implant manufacturers. With three decades of clinical experience and more than a million patients treated, Nobel Biocare confirms a success rate of almost 95 percent.

Most of the information I read on the Internet says that it usually takes 3 or 4 months for dental implants to heal and that no teeth should be placed on the implants until after the healing process is complete. If this is true, how can people receive a new set of teeth in just one day?

Although it is absolutely true that it will usually take three or four months for the dental implants to integrate with (or attach to) the bone, we can utilize these dental implants during this healing period. On the day of the procedure, four to six implants will be placed into the jaw. The new teeth can then be predictably attached to the dental implants as long as the implants are very stable and are rigidly joined together. Implants that are joined together share a common acrylic base; any force against the teeth (the patient biting) is distributed across all of the dental implants, which are now working together as a team. This limits the amount of force transmitted to any single implant and allows patients to use their new teeth for chewing during the first few months while the implants are integrating. According to studies, early and limited compression against the dental implants does not have an adverse effect on the outcome of the case. In fact, there are actually many advantages reported utilizing this treatment approach over conventional methods.

Why wasn't it done this way earlier?

This approach is really not new. There have been reports in the literature for decades. In recent years however, dental implant manufacturers have improved their designs to include treated surfaces and more aggressive thread designs that allow for the implants to be anchored with more stability. This has greatly increased the predictability and, consequently, the number of patients that meet the criteria to benefit from this immediate approach.

How often are you able to achieve sufficient implant stability?

By utilizing dental implants and surgical approaches designed for same day teeth, we can achieve sufficient stability on the day of the procedure in more than 95 percent of the cases we treat.

What if I have been told that I don't have enough bone for dental implants or I was told that I would require bone grafting as part of my dental implant treatment.

Bone grafting is a very popular and well-documented approach for augmenting deficient bone volumes. You should be aware, however, that there are other surgical approaches that involve tilted implants that dramatically reduce the need for grafting. There are other alternatives to consider if you have been told that bone grafting was required. Use of the tilted implant approach has dramatically reduced the number of patients requiring grafting of any kind. Remarkably, the vast majority of these patients with “limited bone” still meet the surgical requirements for sufficient implant stability in order to receive their teeth on the same day.

Are implants painful and do they create sensitivity?

Our patients typically report far less discomfort and a quicker healing time than they expected. Pain relievers are usually required for two or three days following the procedure and after that patients are typically pain-free. Most of our patients eat solid food on the day of surgery. You will be eating, laughing, smiling and enjoying life as if you just grew a brand new set of natural teeth.

What treatment options do you recommend for people who need to replace all of their upper or lower teeth?

There are many treatment options that provide improvements over failing teeth or removable dentures. The new Chrysalis Permanent Teeth in a Day implant solution brings patients very close to feeling like they have their own natural teeth. In our experience, most people prefer the comfort and freedom of fixed, non-removable teeth. That is what this new solution delivers.

What is the Chrysalis Teeth in a Day implant solution, and why is it becoming such a popular treatment alternative?

Chrysalis Teeth in a Day is the next step in the evolution of full arch tooth replacement. It is a practical way to receive a full arch of nonremovable replacement teeth in one day. They look like natural teeth and fit securely without adhesives. The new teeth will not rub or create sore spots, and they don’t slip or fall out. You can fully taste and enjoy your food because the roof of your mouth is not covered. Chrysalis Permanent Teeth in a Day don’t come out at night and they don’t need special cleaning. You can eat whatever you like without a problem. You smile naturally, knowing your teeth look and feel real. All these reasons make it a wonderful solution for people facing or currently wearing dentures.

Do you perform bone grafting if there isn’t enough bone to hold the implants?

Even if the bone has significantly receded, the Chrysalis Permanent Teeth in a Day procedure can usually be performed without the need for grafting because of the innovative way the implants are placed. This is often not true for alternative implant techniques. We frequently meet patients who were told by their health care professionals that they will require bone grafting. They are delighted to hear that with the Chrysalis Permanent Teeth in a Day procedure, grafts are usually unnecessary.

Can age be a problem?

Health is more a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Implant treatment may not be recommended for patients suffering from some chronic illnesses. An examination by one of our Chrysalis dentists, along with a review of your dental and medical history, will help to determine whether you qualify for an implant procedure. Most patients do qualify.

How much do implants cost?

The cost of treatment varies significantly with the solution provided. Because we understand that price is a factor in your decision to proceed, during your consultation we’ll present you with an assortment of dental implant options. All fees are explained in advance. You’ll be given a written quote that includes all aspects of your treatment.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies offer partial reimbursement. It’s best to speak directly with your insurance provider. Chrysalis Dental Centres do offer payment plans to suit most budgets. We also accept certified cheques and credit cards. The cost of implants is a medical expense that can be deducted from your income tax, making it possible to recoup some of your investment. If you own a business, there are additional possible tax advantages which you should discuss with your accountant.

How do you ensure your patients’ comfort?

From the moment you walk through the door until long after you leave the office, our priority is you and your smile. That means our staff is committed to making you feel happy, comfortable, and attractive. We have a dedicated recovery room and offer transportation, refreshments, and whatever personal accommodations you may need. Are you nervous about going to the dentist? We provide sedation for people with dental fears, so you can stay conscious yet soothed, worry-free, and relaxed. We also can work closely with your own dental professional, making sure the entire process of placing your new teeth is a smooth and even enjoyable experience. Ask the hundreds of patients whom we have successfully treated. A list of references is available if you would like to speak to people who have received treatment in our offices.

How do I contact Chrysalis Dental Centres?

We offer services in many cities across Canada and maintain a website at www.ChrysalisCanada.com. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please phone us toll-free at 1 888 733 6983 or send an email to info@ChrysalisCanada.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

What is a dental implant?

Very simply, a dental implant is a titanium post that acts as a replacement for the root of a tooth. Many years ago (1952), Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark of Sweden discovered that a metal called titanium has a unique property of integrating (or becoming one) with bone. Dental implants can support individual teeth (crowns). Several dental implants can be used to support prosthetics such as a bridge containing a number of teeth.

What is the Chrysalis Teeth in a Day technique?

In simple terms, the patient usually receives an arch of permanent (non removable) teeth on the same day they have their procedure. One or two preliminary appointments are required so that we can ensure the patient’s new teeth have been designed to their satisfaction.