A healthy smile is an evidence of a healthy body. If you are missing teeth, it is never too late to do something with it. Replacing the missing teeth is very important. Not only you lose normal chewing and speaking ability, but unreplaced teeth may cause other teeth to be lost, shifted or crowded. This can be unaesthetic and embarrassing. Dental implants are the best existing replacement option for missing teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small post made of titanium that replaces the root part of a missing tooth and is integrated into your jaw bone. Besides the tooth replacement, dental implants can provide a strong support for the fixed or removable dentures.
Am I a Candidate for Implants?
In general, all patients that are healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction or ordinary oral surgery can be considered as candidates for dental implants. Dental implants are a perfect choice for all patients who have one or more missing teeth because of disease, decay or injury. They are especially practical for those who no longer wear removable dentures and want to have a natural looking smile. Gum diseases, smoking habit and the overall health problems can be among the possible interceptions, but not contra indications. In case you don’t have enough bone to support implant, there are few effective ways to correct this with the help of special bone material. We offer the cutting edge in technologies for bone grafting procedures. However, it would be best to be evaluated by implant specialist to say if you are a good candidate for implants after a careful examination of your mouth and medical history.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
With years of experience and latest all digital technologies, we offer you a permanent solution for your teeth missing problem. Implant restoration will help you obtain:
- Natural Smile
Dental implants will restore your smile. Implants look like your natural teeth. They are integrated permanently into your bone, so that nobody will guess that you have artificial teeth.
- Improved Appearance
When teeth are missing, there is nothing left to stimulate a bone growth. Our body feels that the jawbone is no longer necessary, and the deterioration of the jawbone results in facial collapse. These changes make a person look older. Implants prevent you from deterioration of the facial structure. Even if you already have wrinkles caused by bone collapse, they will be virtually vanished.
- Improved Speech
When you have removable or badly-fixed dentures, your teeth can slip making you to slur or mumble the words. With dental implants, you can speak without worrying that your teeth can slip.
- Comfort Feeling
With dental implants, you can enjoy life without worrying about your teeth. No more need to feel uncomfortable in public and worry about your removable dentures and imperfect smile. Implants will let you lead your productive life as well as regain your self-esteem.
- Stabilization of Adjacent Teeth
With one or more teeth missing, it is always a risk of having the adjacent teeth shift toward the empty gap. This can provoke a misaligned bite, causing chewing problems, decay, pain in a jaw, etc. Placing an implant helps neighboring teeth stay in place.
Types of Dental Implants Available
We provide our patients with endosteal implants which are integrated into the jawbone. Each implant can support one or more teeth. In our dental office we can offer you:
- Single tooth replacement
It is usually recommended for those patients who have one or more damaged or missing tooth. After the implant integrates into your bone, it serves as a new root for the crown. A special connecting element – abutment – is used to join an implant to a customized crown. A crown will fill in the gap left in the mouth by the missing tooth.
- Multi-teeth replacement
Multi-teeth replacement is offered when a patient needs 2-4 or more implants connected like a bridge. The same as with a single tooth replacement, abutments are placed on implants to support a bridge. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability and strength.
Overdentures are usually prescribed to the patients with multiple or all teeth missing that have complete or partial dentures. A typical denture lies on the gums and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture has special wings that snap onto the wings of the implants or permanently screwed on to the implants. Implants help keep dentures in place and allow you living your daily life to the fullest.
The Procedure of Getting Dental Implants: Step by Step
Step 1. Examination
At the pre-surgery stage, the dentist will do digital x-ray examination or 3D-CT scanning to determine your bone level and density, bite and also evaluate any hidden problem. Then, an individual custom treatment plan will be developed. The plan will address your specific need and preferences, at that time will go over all options.
Step 2. Getting Implants Placed
One of the most important parts of the procedure is site preparation: a small channel is prepared in the bone in order to place a titanium screw that will hold an implant in place. Only then, an implant is placed into the bone. Once in place, a protective cover screw is put on the top allowing the site to heal and the implant get fused. The healing process can take up to 6 months.
Step 3. Follow-up Visit
After the healing process is completed, the dentist will attach an abutment to the implant and a crown. First, a temporary crown is made. Then, a procedure is completed by placing a permanent crown. Having your crowns applied on implants may take a few weeks, depending on your individual case and treatment plan.
After Implant Surgery
Because of the nature of surgery, you will have to wait some time till the tissue heals. The good news is that discomfort is minimal and healing is usually successful. In the first 2-3 days after the surgery you may feel some swelling: dentist will advise you some pain medications to relive discomfort of the first days. Try to eat soft foods during few days after surgery. If you are a smoker, it is necessary to stop smoking till the healing process is completed. To ensure the implant integration, keep proper hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to monitor the healing process.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Success rates of implants may vary depending on where the implants are placed, but, in general, implants have a success rate above 95%. With a careful oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Caring of Your Dental Implants
Caring the implant-supported dentures is the same as caring your natural teeth. Keep proper oral hygiene – brush and floss your teeth regularly, and visit your dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings. With any questions or complimentary consultation please give us a call.