What Are Dental Implants?
If you have lost one, more, or even all of your teeth, we can help. Patients who have experienced tooth loss have so many options available for rebuilding and restoration. The surgical placement of dental implants provide patients the freedom of forgetting a tooth was ever lost, and if you have ever experienced the frustration of missing teeth, then you understand how nice that is. Working with our staff at ImplantWide we can review needs, whether you need to have a tooth removed, have already lost a tooth, or have been missing teeth for years, and together create a treatment plan that can significantly improve your oral health and function.
Increasingly, patients are finding that dental implants are changing the world of dentistry. Implants are designed to provide more than just aesthetics, they are the rebuilding of the foundation, allowing you to have replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Rebuilding Lost Teeth
The biggest difference in other dental prosthetics and prosthetics with implants is in how they are attached. Every crown, bridge, partial and full denture needs a way to remain in place. Only with dental implants are we recreating the missing root. We begin by working from the ground up. We review the level of bone mass in the jaw bone, in many cases we will bulk up that bone prior to implant placement. Once we have determined that the patient has sufficient bone, we can then plan the surgery.
A dental implant is not a tooth, it is a new base for a tooth to attach. One of the biggest problems with missing teeth is the loss in connection with the jawbone, implants are used to reestablish that connection. Dental implants are a metal post, made of titanium or ceramic zirconium, they resemble a screw in size and shape. Also similar to a screw, implants come in a variety of widths and lengths dependant on several factors such as the teeth being replaced and the bone available.
During your consultation, provide us with all medical information and medications you are taking, even if it seems irrelevant. We will want to discuss any and all medical information before surgery, the ability to heal correctly is vital to the success of surgery. Using 3D imaging, we create a surgical map for precise placement. The surgical placement is done in our office often with just a local anesthetic, though we can discuss your options prior to surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
The surgical procedure is generally done in less than one hour. We first make sure that the patient is comfortable, either with a local anesthetic, or various conscious sedation options. We then open the tissue to reveal the bone. Using a specialized drill, we create the space needed to sink the implant, we place it, and then close up the tissue with sutures. The patient is sent home for a period of healing. Soft tissue will heal within a few days but bone will require longer to fuse with the post in a processes known as osseiointegration, we generally allow for about three months. During that time you will want to use caution in not jarring the implant.
The Types of Prosthesis 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 (overdenture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a professional.
Ask us about various implant restorations, including securing a denture with four to six implants, mini implants and supporting overdentures with implants. Consult with our team and see how dental implants can help you.