Dental Implants

implantologyPresently, more and more adults are asking for implants to replace their missing teeth.

A Dental Implant is the ultimate technique for the replacement of lost teeth. Traditional dentistry, which relies on bridges, partials, and dentures, simply cannot compare to the “good as new” quality that our advanced implant technology can give you.
Implantology is based on “osseointegration,” which is an incredibly strong bonding of titanium and other materials to the surrounding bone. This allows the new replacement tooth (or teeth) to not only have a very strong, stable, and long-lasting base, but also to enjoy all the comfort, functionality, and beauty of healthy teeth.
Because of our extensive experience and knowledge in this field, you’ll not only receive great results, but the process itself is sure to be both hasty and comfortable.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
If you have lost a tooth you are a candidate for a dental implant. However, there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you. For example, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. It is important to let your dental surgeon know all about your medical status (past and present) together with all medications you are taking, whether prescribed, alternative (herbal) or over the counter.

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A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth and is composed of three parts: the titanium implant, the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and finally the crown, which is created by a prosthodontist or restorative dentist and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance that fuses with the jawbone.

There are 3 methods for dental implantation:

First method:

The implant is placed in a first surgery along with the cover screw, and it is totally entombed by the gingiva.
After 8 to 10 weeks, the gingiva is uncovered by a 2nd-step surgery and a healing abutment is placed.
The final impression and crown placement take place after 1 to 3 weeks from the 2nd-step surgery (healing abutment placement).

Second method:

The implant is placed in a first surgery along with the healing abutment, where it is only partially covered by the gingival.
After 8 to 10 weeks, the final impression and crown placement take place.

Third method:

The implant along with the abutment and the temporary crown are placed in the same surgery (even after immediate extraction of the tooth). The final crown can also be placed in the same session (Cad Cam) or within the same week.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

• Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth and because they are designed to fuse with bone and become permanent.
• Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak comfortably and without the worry that teeth might slip.
• Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
• Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
• Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and your confidence.
• Improved oral health. Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, like a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
• Durability. Implants are very durable and last many years. With proper care and maintenance, many implants last a lifetime.
• Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care implants can last a lifetime.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from diabetes or heart disease or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, you can talk to one of our dentists to see if they are right for you.

What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?

The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.

Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from 8 to 12 weeks.

Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post called an abutment is attached to the implant shoulder to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.
Your dentist also will match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel and function just like your own natural teeth.

How Painful Are Dental Implants?

Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.
After the dental implant, mild soreness can be treated with pain killers.

How Do I Care for Dental Implants?

Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.