An increasing popular way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. This cosmetic treatment provides an alternative solution to full or partial dentures. Implants are strong and will last for many years (if properly maintain and have a regular checkup), although they may require replacing or retightening due to wear and tear.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone by a General Dentist (who has the credentials for placing implants) Periodontist, or an oral surgeon. The implants are metal posts that are generally made of titanium. Implants provide a relatively permanent anchor for dental crowns that are natural looking and more convenient than dentures.
You will be assessed and evaluated by the dentist in order to be selected as a candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the implants. The benefits of this procedure outweigh the disadvantages. Dental implants provide a natural appearance, they feel natural, are more convenient than dentures, provide improved speech when used to replace dentures or a bridge, and provide improved chewing. Because the crowns are permanently attached to the implants they feel natural and make chewing easier just like your own teeth did. Many people who wear dentures may experience occasional slurring of words due to irritation caused by the dentures or dentures that don’t fit properly. Dental implants eliminate this problem and they are more convenient than dentures because they never slip, fall out, don’t require denture adhesives.
The time to complete this procedure will depend on each individual. In general, traditional implants will require at least five months for the lower jaw and six months for the upper. This time includes surgeries, healing and fitting the crown. If the jaw bone needs to be built up before the procedure, it can take a year or more for the procedure to be completed.
Our dentist at Dentistry For You will take x-rays and scan (CBCT) of the jaw and make a mold of the jaw and teeth. This will give the dentist the necessary information to determine you are a candidate for implants.
The traditional method is done in two separate procedures with a healing time of three to six months between them. The first procedure in traditional method is to make a small incision in the gum where the implant will be placed, a hole will be drilled intp the bone and the implant is inserted. The incision is stitched closed to allow it to heal. Once the incision is healed, the second surgery is done. This procedure makes a new incision to expose the implant and a healing cap is screwed onto the implant to help the healing process, in a few weeks the healing cap is removed. At this time the abutment is screwed into the implant. It will support the crown.
Dental implants look natural and are color matched to existing teeth; this can boost self confidence and help you feel more attractive.
A dental implant is simply a small titanium post that essentially replaces the root of your missing tooth. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone in a simple procedure that takes place in the Dentist’s office. Once the implant is integrated (or being in a close contact) into the bone in your jaw, a metallic or porcelain abutment will be installed by a screw into the post or fixture which has been already placed in the jaw.then a crown will be
cemented to the post and finally you have a brand new tooth.
In some cases,particularly in the aesthetic region a temporary crown is placed on the post after the initial surgery ,so you are not going to be without any tooth/teeth until the post integrates into the bone.
All your teeth can be replaced by dental implants. You could have a post which can be placed in, for every single tooth, but an easier solution if you require all teeth to be replaced, you may have a few dental implants that a removable over denture can be snapped on them . In these cases, for instance, you might have four implants holding a set of upper and lower teeth.
Whilst this is surgery, luckily for most people it is a simple procedure and easy to tolerate. Just like having a filling or other dental work, the majority of people find that an over the counter anti-inflammatory agents or pain reliever will take care of any discomfort experienced.
The truth is yes ,it is more expensive than dentures or bridgework. However, the cost is far outweighed by the convenience, and long term success rate. In fact , they are rarely need replacing, as they are more a permanent solution. Additionally they allow you to have a normal life, no avoiding of certain foods, no nasty glue to keep your dentures in, no replacing dentures or bridgework every few years. They offer the most cost effective solution when you view this as a long-term investment in your comfort and well-being.
Care for implants will be no different than caring for your natural teeth. Daily brushing, flossing and regular check-ups will keep them fit and healthy. The teeth themselves will never be subject to decay but you do have to keep an eye on your gum health and with good oral hygiene, they are susceptible to gum disease ,implants are supposed to last a lifetime.
It is highly unlikely, implants can’t be rejected because titanium is completely biocompatible and allergies are very rare. The implant contains no living cells or human tissue so they cannot be rejected by the body. However, this doesn’t mean that an implant can’t fail. If an infection developed after initial surgery, or there is an absence of good oral hygiene, or the implant is subjected to heavy chewing forces, it may fail. However, implants have been proven to be over 90-95% successful.
You will require a complete oral examination ,including x-rays of your entire jaw area ,plus CBCT( Cone Beam Computed Tomography) which is also called SCAN.
The good news is that most patients will have no problems with the process.
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