Implant dentistry is the modern method of replacing missing teeth. Research shows that 85 percent of people who wear full or partial dentures experience some related discomfort and difficulty. Dental implants can eliminate those problems, restore self-confidence and improve the quality of life. From a single missing tooth to an entire set of teeth, dental implants can provide a permanent alternative to problem dentures and help prevent the premature loss of remaining teeth.
Dental implants can last a lifetime and are an excellent investment in oral health. Dental implants are fixtures of titanium that are directly attached to your jawbone. Once anchored in place, your implants can be used to replace a missing tooth, an entire set of teeth, bridges or partial dentures. The result is a natural type of tooth replacement that can restore the biting and chewing ability.
It can restore the biting and chewing ability.
1. Aesthetics: How important appearance is depends upon what tooth or teeth are being replaced (front or back) and whether or not the patient's concern is for cosmetics or other areas. This may not be a high priority for some patients.
2. Function: Restoring a patient back to function (being able to eat properly) is extremely critical with both full and partial dentures.
3. Implant Hygiene: The ability for a patient to clean around the implant is always critical. Bacteria or plaque can contribute to a possible infection and possible implant failure.
4. Longevity: A 14-year old patient will require much consideration in this category as opposed to an 84-year old patient. However, there are many other factors to consider in how long the teeth and implants may last. Design will be a very important consideration.
5. Phonetics: This refers to speech. In most instances, the design of the teeth being fabricated requires a lot of consideration for maintaining a patient's speech/phonetics.
Placement of dental implants is a minor surgical procedure performed in one or two office visits. If you have one-stage implants, their metal tops will extend through the gums while your tissues heal, and you will not need a second surgery. If you have two-stage implants, they will be placed under the gums while the bone heals. You will need a second, simple surgery to uncover them and attach a post to support your replacement teeth. Your dentist's decision to do a one- or two-stage surgical procedure depends on a number of clinical factors, such as the amount of available bone and location of the implants. After the implants are placed, the bone attaches to them and permanently anchors them within your jaw.
The first step is to place the Titanium implants. These dental implants will remain covered for approximately 3-6 months. During this time, the dental implants fuse to the bone. If the dental implants gets anchored very well in some cases an immediate provisional teeth can be fixed at the same time. This is particularly useful when front teeth are being replaced.
It involves uncovering the dental implant and attaching a pillar to each dental implant which will serve as the foundation on which the teeth will be placed.
Placement of the new teeth to suit individual needs to provide a natural appearance.Teeth over these implants can be either fixed or removable depending on the individual needs. In both instances, the teeth will be fixed securely so as to enjoy everyday life without worry. It is also possible to permanently anchor small sections of missing teeth either in the front or the back.
If you've been considering replacing missing or diseased teeth, dental implants can be a natural, fully functional alternative. Find out if implant dentistry can help you improve your smile.