What is a Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are the new standard of care for treatment of edentulism (missing teeth). If you and your loved ones have lost one tooth, several teeth, or all of their teeth, dental implants are the way to go. Your dentist doesn`t need to grind down one or more teeth so as to fit a dental bridge with the risks of hypersensitivity, fractured of the abutments of the bridge or even necrosis of the pulp of these abutments rather than to place a dental implant. The continuous development of the dental implants reduce their cost approximately at the level of a conventional dental bridge. So why to go for a dental bridge instead of dental implants. Dental implants are the right choice for you.
A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Almost all dental implants in use today are made from titanium or titanium alloy, materials that have been shown over many years to be well tolerated by bone. The terms 'osseointegrated implants' or 'endosseous implants' are widely used to describe dental implants that can develop and maintain a close union with bone in order to support replacement teeth. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
There are many different implant systems available and when competently used they can all deliver a highly reliable form of treatment.
What is a Dental Implant procedure like ?
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed.
Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.
In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
If you have good general health then dental implants will almost certainly work for you. However, habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with initial healing and thereafter may negatively influence the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant. Remaining teeth might also be compromised making treatment planning less certain.
Some dentists will decline to place implants if smoking cannot be reduced or given up altogether.
If you have any other complicated medical problems then speak to someone with relevant experience - it is rare to have health problems that prevent the use of dental implants.
How long does treatment take?
For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the time of placing the first teeth, treatment times can vary between 6 weeks and 6 months. The availability of better bone can be used to decrease treatment time, whilst more time and care must be taken with poorer bone, which can therefore extend treatment times beyond six months.
If there is no reason to shorten the duration of your treatment then be prepared to wait - nobody loses an implant from being patient and allowing.
What can i expect after receiving a Dental Implant?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, your periodontist will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.