- replacing a single tooth
- Replacnig multiple teeth
- Use as an anchor for dentures
Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
If you are missing one or more teeth and wish to eat your favorite foods, increase your chewing ability, and improve your appearance, speech, and self-esteem, then you are a candidate for dental implants.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth and is made from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI) to exacting specifications. Initially, the implant is placed into the jawbone either immediately after the loss of a tooth, or after an extended period of time. If there is insufficient bone, various bone enhancing procedures can be performed prior to the implant placement. An abutment, which acts as a base for a prosthetic tooth replacement such as a crown, is inserted into the implant at the time of implant placement, or subsequently after a period of healing.
The placement of a dental implant is typically completed as an office procedure with only local anesthesia. Post-operative discomfort is normally less than that of a tooth extraction. For aesthetic reasons, it is often possible to have a fixed transitional restoration immediately after implant placement so that you are never without a tooth. After a period of three to six months of healing, the temporary healing abutment is removed from the implant and a final abutment is inserted into the implant. A crown or removable denture is secured to this abutment as the final restoration.
Dental implants – replacements for missing teeth – are proving to be one of the most exciting areas in the dental profession today.
Dental implants attach replacement teeth directly into the jawbone. For some people, they may be a viable alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. Dental implants are not suitable for everyone. An evaluation is necessary to determine if an individual is a good candidate for an implant. Such an appraisal includes a dental and medical history, oral exam, X-rays and other diagnostic tests. Factors such as diabetes, loss of bone under the gums and factors in the patient's medical history and psychological profile also contribute to the success of the implant procedure. A candidate for an implant must have a jawbone that is high enough, wide enough and dense enough to accommodate the implant. Good general health, healthy gums and a commitment to oral hygiene also are important requirements. Because several steps are involved, the implant process can take from three to nine months, depending on the type of implant.
Implant Supported Dental Work
Dental Implants can also be used to firmly anchor other dental work into your jawbone.
This includes: partials and complete dentures.
Implant Supported Dental Work has many advantages, including:
1.Profile and external contour controland better appearance.
2. Great comfort.
3. Increased bite force to chew food
4. No rubbing, clacking, or pain.
5. Able to remove
6. Hygiene access
7. Similarity with the existing denture
8. Increased self confidence