Dental implants are anchors placed in bone, usually made from titanium or titanium alloy. They can support dental restorations which replace missing teeth. Some restorative applications include supporting crowns, bridges, or dental prostheses.
With a track record of being reliable and long lasting dental implants also prevent healthy teeth from shifting, allow you to eat and talk normally, and they also help retain your natural face shape.
Implants are the new age method used to restore any missing teeth. It gives artificial teeth a more natural look and it is more secure. Titanium is used in implants; it is fixed in bone in place of the root. Once it is completely integrated with the jaw bone, an abutment is fixed to the implant then a bridge crown or denture is fitted on top of the abutment which replaces any missing teeth or a single tooth.
Bone loss and premature ageing
Losing one or more of your teeth starts a chain of events that can lead to unwanted physical and cosmetic consequences. The most obvious result is a gap in your smile. Less obvious is the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet that can result from tooth loss. While these are certainly serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: bone loss. Your jawbone needs the chewing action of the teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Otherwise it will begin to disappear (atrophy) in the same manner that the unused muscles beneath a cast supporting a broken bone get smaller. Without the support of your teeth and facial bones, your face will begin to look prematurely aged. The good news is that tooth replacement with dental implants offers a solution to help prevent bone loss.
Facial appearance with healthy teeth and bones Appearance after tooth loss Appearance after tooth and bone loss
What are the Benefits?
Implants can be used to replace one missing tooth so that the replacement looks and feels natural. Also, two or more implants can serve as a stable support for the replacement of many teeth.
Many patients who have selected dental implants describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than the lifestyle endured by those with fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures often make a person feel and look older than they are, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.
When they count the benefits they enjoy as a result of their dental implants, patients say their implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of ill-fitting dentures. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face. With a sense of renewed self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends and the chance to speak clearly and comfortably with co-workers. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better… they look better… they live better.
Are Dental Implants Expensive?
In the initial many patients feel that dental implant treatment is expensive compared to other dental procedures. However, Dental Implants represent a more permanent and natural solution than other dentistry treatments, for instance complete Dentures or Partials. Dental Implants are therefore a greater initial investment. Dental Implants should last for years, even a lifetime if they are properly fitted and cared for. It’s a lifetime investment!
In terms of cost, each case is different and it is determined upon your individual needs. Your age as well as the quality and quantity of bone in the Implant site, are all assessed. After consultation we will provide best treatment alternatives for you.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
It is done under local anaesthesia; In most cases these procedures produce very little, if any, discomfort. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills. Your decision to use implants will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in the long term. Besides, given the overall health care benefits, you should not deny yourself proper treatment out of fear of pain. As with any medical or dental procedure, your attending doctor, the dentist, is equipped to provide you with appropriate treatment, including any pain medicines you need.
How long is the process?
Implant placement usually takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the location and the number of implants. The entire process to placement , healing and construction of teeth usually takes from 3 to 9 months, depending on your treatment plan.
Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants ?
Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you. With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:
Existing Medical Conditions – If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.
Gum Disease or Problem Teeth – Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.
Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures – Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
Smokers – Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting them.
Bone Loss – Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.
Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child’s orthodontic treatment plan.
You can have replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Teeth that are comfortable and stay in place allowing you to speak, smile and eat with confidence. These are replacements that can be inserted without affecting any of your remaining teeth.
1. Examination and Planning
The dentist makes a first examination and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.
2. Placing Dental Implants
The implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you eat and function like normal almost immediately. The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.
3. Attaching the new crown
The final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed usually for life depending upon oral care and few other factors. No additional treatment is needed.
4. Final result
You should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Keep your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and healthy.