Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or crown or a set of replacement teeth.
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
Following the work and publications of the Swede P.I. Brånemark in the 1970-80s, dental implantology has become a discipline wholly separate from dentistry. It aims to replace one or several missing teeth by inserting one or more artificial roots in the bone on which the prosthesis is fixed. This operation, apart from esthetic replacement of one or several missing teeth and
offering a more comfortable solution and alternative to moveable appliances, may also be used in orthodontics as an anchorage point. The implant then acts as an anchorage point to replace one or several teeth. In some people who have no teeth, a moveable prosthesis can also be stabilised by surgically inserting two implants.
Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.The main condition is to have the bone in good condition. Some contraindications should be noted: patients with heart disease, renal failure, smoking, hypertension, and uncontrolled diabetes.
There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Your implant dentist will know which implant is the right one for you.
It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Following tooth extraction the extraction site undergoes bone resorption. 30%-50% of bone can be resorped within the first 6 months of extraction depending on patients age. It is important that implants are placed during this period before further loss of bone. Failure to do this will require extra surgical procedures to increase volume of bone available for implant placement.
Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation; your dentist will be able to give you an approximate timetable.
Your general dentist is your first resource for this service. The key is the implant dentist’s training, experience and credentials.
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems. Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognised as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
To summarize, the operation is carried out in three stages :
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
This procedure is a team effort between you and your dentist. Your dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your dentist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, your implantologist will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.