Dental Implants – Everything You Need to Know
Got punched in the mouth when you were younger and lost your two front teeth? Were you neglectful of oral hygiene before and had to have rotted teeth extracted? Or have you been cursed with bad genetics that have impacted your dental health? You are not alone. You’re probably resorted to lamenting your lost teeth; as a temporary solution to your missing teeth. Fortunately, however, there are various dental solutions available to correct those problems permanently, and among them are dental implants.
The dental implant solution will make it seem like you never lost a tooth in the first place because the artificial tooth is placed in your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge is a permanent “installation”. With dental implants, the replacement tooth or teeth will feel like your own natural teeth and you can treat them as you would your natural teeth, too, as they’re not removable like dentures are. You can bite into an apple, chew gum, and never worry about them falling out.
There are two types of dental implants and they are dependent on the amount of jawbone patients have that dentists can work with.
The first is Endosteal or in the bone implant; it is the most commonly used type that surgically places screws, cylinders or blades into the jawbone.
The second type is Subperiosteal or on the bone implant, which is placed on top of the jaw and is the one recommended for patients who cannot wear conventional dentures due to minimal bone height. This implant’s metal framework’s posts protrude through the gums to hold the prosthesis.
Please don’t be alarmed at the graphic detail we are offering here. These dental implant procedures are routine in our office and are accompanied by safe sedation. The outcome is very much worth the temporary discomfort.
Are dental implants a viable solution for you?
To be a candidate for this treatment, you need to have:
– Good oral health
– Adequate jawbone to support the implant
– Healthy gums
– Good overall physical health (you don’t have heart conditions or diabetes that may either get aggravated by the procedure or prevent you from healing properly)
What is a dental implant procedure really like?
The type of implant suitable for you will first be determined, and then a periodontist will design a treatment plan specifically to meet your needs in preparation for the actual procedure. Once you’re in the best state of health, you will get the clearance for the procedure.
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. If you’re missing two or several teeth, implant-supported bridges will be used. If you no longer have teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
Prior to those, however, the jawbone will have to be properly prepared because it’s the foundation of the procedure. If your upper back jaw has insufficient bone quantity and quality, sinus augmentation has to be carried out because of the bone’s close proximity to the sinus. This procedure will raise the sinus floor and develop bone for the proper placement of the implants.
Another thing that may be carried out for dental implants is ridge modification. This procedure will correct deformities in the upper or lower jaw. To correct the deformities, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to reveal the bony defects. The deformity will be filled with bone or a substitute to create a proper ridge.
Post-procedure care and responsibilities
Due to the complexity of the procedure, you will be required to take adequate care. A special oral care program will be created for you and you need to uphold this to ensure proper healing. You will likewise need to pay your periodontist and dentist regular visits in order to prevent complications.