A dental implant is the most modern and physiological solution for edentations, that is a total or partial loss of teeth. This method does not affect the adjacent teeth through filing as dental bridges require. The dental implant is a titanium piece that is surgically inserted in the alveolar bone, in the edentated area.
This surgery takes place under local anesthesia and it causes very little pain. It is followed by a 4 to 6-month period that is necessary for the integration of the implant within the alveolar bone. Basically, the bone extends itself within the implant’s pores, the artificial dental root fusing to it.
After this lapse of time, a circular incision is performed in the implant area in order to insert the abutment screw. A mold is made after this in order to manufacture dental crowns which will reestablish both from functional and physiognomic points of view the integrity of the dental arches.
In case you have lost a tooth, the dental implant is highly recommended. The absence of a tooth may lead to the displacement and deterioration of adjacent teeth, to chewing problems and many other complications. Most often, the absence of a tooth can quickly lead to other costly dental issues, which can be avoided now with the help of an implant.
The dental implant is as tough as a natural tooth and is extremely resistant in time, if a good oral hygiene is maintained. Basically, you will feel no difference between an implant and a natural tooth, but you will regain the natural shape of your teeth, your smile and the ability to properly chew food.
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FAQ about implants
Q: What are the benefits?
» Aesthetically, they support teeth that look very natural, greatly enhancing your smile and confidence.
» Functionally, dental implants allow you to eat and speak without pain or discomfort, and increases chewing efficiency.
» Biologically, implants can help prevent atrophy or shrinkage of your bone and this in turn supports your facial tissues.
Q: What is the success rate?
Implants as a solution to missing teeth has been practiced for a few decades. Generally, because of advances in implant dentistry over the years, dental implants can have success rates above 90% in natural bone. Having said that, success rates depend on many factors, for example, the patient’s own health status or whether he/she is a smoker. Although at the present time we cannot put a figure down as to the longevity of implants, it is known that the first patient who had implants placed in 1965 used them for over 40 years until he passed away in 2006. Of course, regular checkups and diligently maintaining one’s oral hygiene is also of utmost importance in preventing failure.
Q: What is the procedure like?
There are generally two stages:
Stage 1: An incision is made in the gums and the implants are placed into the jawbone. The gums are then closed up to allow healing to take place. Over the next several months bone will attach to the surface of the implant anchoring it into position. It usually takes just about 3 months for the implant to integrate with the bone or longer if bone grafting is involved.
Stage 2: The second and final stage is to secure the new tooth or teeth to the implant structure. Implants can support a single tooth, multiple teeth or dentures.
Q: How much do they cost?
Every patient’s need is unique. Your treatment cost depends on your particular needs. After a complete examination and consultation, your dental needs will be more specifically determined and the most viable treatment option proposed to you. At this point, treatment cost can then be more accurately ascertained.
Q: Does it hurt?
Dental implants are placed in the jaw under local anaesthesia and so the patient feels absolutely no pain at all during the procedure. After the anaesthetic wears off, there may be slight discomfort, usually manageable with painkillers. In fact, many patients have reported that they didn’t even need to take any painkillers.
Q: Am I too old to have dental implants?
As long as you are generally in good health and have adequate bone, you can have dental implants.
Q: How do I take care of my implants?
It is very important that patients who have dental implants maintain their own oral hygiene diligently. This of course includes brushing, flossing and sometimes using other cleaning aids like an interproximal brush. Regular dental checkups and professional maintenance are vital to ensure longevity of the implants.
Q: Why should you consider dental implants?
If you have had the experience of having lost one or more teeth, you may know all too well what it’s like to live with an unattractive smile, reduced biting efficiency, embarrassment from loose dentures, and pain or difficulty with eating. Fabricating a bridge to replace the missing teeth usually necessitates trimming down adjacent, sometimes perfectly healthy natural teeth. Dentures sometimes can be bulky, unstable or painful during function or speech. Over time, the bone at the toothless area can undergo “bone atrophy”, or loss of bone height and width. This can lead to functional and aesthetic problems. Placing an implant in the bone can prevent atrophy.
Q: Who actually performs the implant placement?
Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While the surgeon performs the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. He/she will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Q: What types of prostheses are available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.