Are they an option for you ?
Lifetime Solution to your Missing Teeth
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option where titanium screws (cylinders) are surgically placed into the jawbone in the region of missing teeth. Once in place, they get integrated to the jawbone, allowing your dentist to mount the replacement teeth onto them. Your new tooth, a crown, will look and feel similar to your real teeth. Dental implant surgery offers a great alternative to dentures or bridgework that do not fit well and can offer an option when a lack of natural teeth roots does not allow building denture or bridgework tooth replacements.
To receive implants, you need to have:
- Healthy gums and oral tissues.
- Sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implant.
- Good maintenance of oral hygiene & regular dental visits to ensure the long-term success and health of the dental implants.
PROCESS OF PLACING A DENTAL IMPLANT
During surgery to place the dental implant, your oral surgeon makes a cut to open your gum and expose the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant metal post will be placed. Since the post will serve as the tooth root, it's implanted deep into the bone.
At this point, you'll still have a gap where your tooth is missing. A type of partial, temporary denture can be placed for appearance, if needed. You can remove this denture for cleaning and while you sleep.
Once the metal implant post is placed in your jawbone, osseointegration begins. During this process, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. This process, which can take several months, helps provide a solid base for your new artificial tooth just as roots do for your natural teeth.
When osseointegration is complete, you may need additional surgery to place the abutment — the piece where the crown will eventually attach. This minor surgery is typically done with local anesthesia in an outpatient setting.
Your oral surgeon reopens your gum to expose the dental implant
The abutment is attached to the dental implant. The gum tissue is then closed around, but not over, the abutment.
In some cases, the abutment is attached to the dental implant metal post when the post is implanted. That means you won't need an extra surgical step. Because the abutment juts past the gumline, however, it's visible when you open your mouth — and it will be that way until your dentist completes the tooth prosthesis.After the abutment is placed, your gums must heal for about two weeks before the artificial tooth can be attached.
In the next stage, the dentist will focus on making the permanent crown look exactly like your natural teeth. All the elements like the surface texture, color and anatomy will be tuned up to blend with the surrounding dentition.
Impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth are taken to make the crown so that a realistic-looking artificial tooth can be made.It takes less than 2 to 3 weeks to make a permanent crown which will then be cemented or screwed to the Implant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay like natural teeth, however the health of the gums is vital to maintaining lasting implant success. Oral hygiene care at home by the patient and regular professional cleanings and routine check-ups are essential to ensure dental implant sustainability.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed solidly in the bone and look and function in a manner that is closest to natural teeth.
This answer varies from individual to individual. For a healthy individual with maintain good oral hygiene and look after their general health, dental implants report success rates above 95-98%
Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth are good candidates for dental implants. Some patients suffering with core morbidities will be advised by the oral surgeon to run certain tests to qualify as a candidate for dental implants
They are one of the most reliable ways to replace missing teeth and are placed by only highly trained and certified professionals.
Implants have many advantages such as
- Improvement in your appearance and smile
- Helps improve your self-image and confidence
- Implants help prevent further bone loss
- Implants restore full chewing power
- Implants improve gum condition and prevents gum disease
For missing teeth, dental implants has become the go-to option for many. If your mouth is missing most or all of the teeth, then procedures like all-on-four and all-on-six can help get full mouth dental implants with 4 or 6 titanium posts on your jaw bone.