Your natural teeth should be retained to serve its purpose. Implants are considered when the tooth is too far gone or fragile for predictable service. Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Implant dentistry is a prosthetic discipline with a surgical component. The replacement tooth or teeth must sit optimally and in harmony with other teeth. The anchor or implant must be reasonably in line below the crown to provide the best aesthetics and stable long-term support without compromise to the implant.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The crowns placed on dental implants can be fabricated from natural looking materials similar to crowns placed on natural teeth which enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
The reason implant dentistry very closely mimics the natural tooth is because it recreates the root of the tooth inside the jaw bone and emerges from gum tissue just like the root and crown of natural teeth. This artificial analog of the tooth’s anatomy offers the most realistic replacement in dental science.
Sufficient bone volume must be in that line below the crown or supplemental surgery is required called grafting or bone expansion procedures. Bone shape shrinks after tooth removal, so planning before removal is reduce to reduce additional surgery at the site.
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.