WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Permanent solution for tooth loss
Dental implants represent a common procedure of permanently replacing missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth.
Dental professionals understand the very real trauma that can result from tooth loss. The fact is that even a single lost tooth can alter the way in which you speak as well as eat. Folks tend not to think very much about such issues until they are actually faced with this type of scenario themselves. Fortunately, solutions such as implants and dentures exist in order to remedy the situation.
With the help of dental implants, we can fully remedy toothlessness and thus strongly improve chewing and speaking abilities as well as restore a beautiful smile. Implants can also serve as carriers of a fixed dental bridge or denture.
Nowadays, there really is something likely to work for just about everyone who loses a tooth. Many find dental implants to be especially appealing when it comes time to replace a missing tooth. Implants afford patients the option of replacing one or multiple teeth, and they can facilitate proper oral health for years to come.
Placing Dental Implants
When it comes to placing implants, multiple appointments will likely be required. The initial stage will involve setting the posts. The next visit will entail fitting the patient's abutment and the implant itself.
People who have all or multiple teeth missing tend to require partial or complete dentures referred to as Overdentures. A dental implant is comprised of three main elements, namely, the abutment, the post and the restoration. The post is the first part of the system that will be fitted. Once this has been done, the mouth is given time to heal, perhaps for multiple months. When this is complete, the abutment and the restoration may be fitted.
Placing Implant Posts
It should be noted that the stage in which the implant post is placed does require additional time. The reason for this is that our dentist will need to perform several tasks in order to make certain there is a proper fit. First, a dental professional will take steps to guarantee your comfort. Local anesthetics will be used to achieve numbing before any work is begun.
Our dentists have available a range of sedation possibilities, including general anesthesia and sedation via IV. Once comfort has been achieved, the work of placing the post will proceed.
An incision is made in the gums so that the jaw bone may be accessed. Based on the type and location of the missing teeth, our dentist will determine the appropriate angle at which the post will be set. This will ensure correct support for the final implant. The jawbone will be prepared and stitching will be performed at the site. Depending on the specifics of the placement and the anticipated path of healing, a temporary cap will be made part of the post.
As the next several weeks progress, our dentists will require additional visits for exams so that healing can be monitored. This is to assess new bone growth at the post site, otherwise referred to as osseo integration.
Abutment And Implant Placement
When it is clear that the gums and jawbone near the new post have healed correctly, the abutment and implant placement processes may commence. A return visit to the dentist is necessary at this time so that the last remaining steps may be taken. If there was a healing cap initially placed on the post, this will now be removed so that the abutment may be screwed into place. Abutments are permanently set into position using a dental adhesive product.
After an abutment is put into place, the implant restoration positioning comes next. The specifics of this stage will depend on if there is a crown, a bridge or a full arch being set. Restorations are also permanently affixed with adhesive that is activated with ultraviolet lighting.
Posts For Implants
Generally speaking, posts for implants are fabricated from titanium, and they are surgically implanted in the jaw. The reason for titanium is that it is biocompatible. This simply means that it is accepted by the body internally. A month of healing is usually required after a post is set into place so that new bone growth can occur. Over time, a firm bond between post and jawbone can develop. When the final process is complete, it is possible to use an implant for everything a natural tooth could do, including eating a variety of foods.
An implant abutment tends to be placed as soon as the jawbone is declared healed and bonded together with the seated post. Abutments are screwed down atop the post, and a strong dental adhesive product is utilized to achieve a secure fit. Prior to placement of the abutment, a dentist will remove a healing cap, if one had been used. Abutments are meant as the necessary surface area beneath the restoration itself. Abutments can vary based on the sort of restoration being done.
The structures beneath implants can be used to support a range of restorations, from single teeth to multiple-teeth arrangements. Full arches are even possible. Restorations are molded with your own mouth as the model. This facilitates the fabrication of a restoration that is a perfect fit for the existing bite. In addition to being fully-functional once seated, a restoration made in this way will provide the natural appearance everyone seeks.
People who have all or multiple teeth missing tend to require partial or complete dentures referred to as Overdentures. Advances in implant dentistry really are miraculous for those whose self esteem has taken a substantial hit to missing teeth. Having the ability to receive beautiful, functional, custom-made implant restorations is something that makes all the difference in the lives of so many. If you are concerned about how missing teeth are limiting your social or professional life and would like to learn more about what is possible, our dentists specializing in implants would be happy to provide further information.