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Dental Implants

A dental implant is the next best thing to the real thing. Nothing replaces your natural teeth, but dental implants come as close as it gets. Implants have been used in dentistry for many decades.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant by itself is not a tooth! Dental implants can be thought of as artificial tooth roots. They allow for replacement of a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth in an arch. Essentially, it is a small titanium post or fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a removable partial denture, or full denture can be attached.

How is a tooth attached to a Dental Implant?

Once an implant integrates to your bone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant allowing delivery of an artificial tooth or teeth. Therefore, there are 3 parts to an “implant tooth”: the dental implant itself, the abutment, and the artificial tooth or teeth (implant-supported prosthesis).

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Unless it’s a wisdom tooth (third molar), a tooth that has been removed should be replaced. If your missing one or more teeth, you may be all too aware of their importance to your looks and overall health. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced.

Reasons why you should replace your missing teeth:

  • You may not like how the gap looks when you smile.
  • Missing teeth may affect how you speak.
  • A missing molar (back tooth) can make it harder to chew.
  • When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the remaining teeth can move and shift. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your remaining teeth and your jaw joint (TMJ) possibly leading to temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
  • Teeth that have tipped or drifted are also harder to clean. This puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease (periodontal disease).
  • Bone loss can occur around the missing tooth. This may cause the remaining adjacent teeth to become loose over time.
  • Loss of teeth and bone can make your face sag. You may look older.

What are the benefits of

Dental Implant Treatment?

Besides allowing replacement of missing teeth, dental implants help prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are lost. When no teeth are present the jawbone has no use, which leads to its deterioration. This shrinkage of the jawbone has esthetic consequences for your face (causing an older appearance). With the use of implants, the bone is put to use, preserving it.

An implant looks and acts like a natural tooth. It fits securely even when you chew and speak. The tooth replacement does not allow the other teeth to move and shift, protecting your bite, other teeth, and jaw joint. In addition, A single tooth implant does not involve treatment to your other teeth as compared to a tooth-supported fixed bridge or removable partial denture.
Implants are a good value. They may seem like a more expensive option at first, but they can last a lifetime if you take good care of them.

What does Dental Implant Treatment involve?

The way implants are placed depends on the patient, the type of implant, and the tooth being replaced. Some implants require two or three appointments and can take up to a year to complete. With others, called immediate load implants, the implant and a temporary implant-supported crown or even multiple (four or more) implants and a full arch implant-supported fixed prosthesis can be placed on the same day. You and Dr. Tyler can discuss which type is best for you.

Most implants involve two or three basic steps:

  • Placement of the implant – The dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. During the procedure, Dr. Tyler will provide profound local anesthesia to maintain your comfort. Depending on the complexity of the implant placement or your level of anxiety about the procedure, you may be referred to an oral surgeon or periodontist, where you can be provided with options for deeper sedation. There may be some swelling and/or tenderness after the surgery, so pain medication is usually prescribed to ease discomfort. The dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods during the healing process (especially for immediate load implants)
  • The healing process – What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. This process is called osseointegration, meaning “combines with the bone.” Osseointegration takes time. Some patients may need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, which can take several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implant and replacement tooth placed all in one visit.
  • Replacing your missing tooth or teeth – This step involves restoring your implant(s) with a man-made dental prosthesis. Depending on your need, the restoration may be an implant-supported crown, implant-supported bridge, implant-supported fixed prosthesis, or implant-retained denture.

What is Computer-Guided

Implant Surgery?

Placing dental implants has now become more predictable than ever. Through the advancements of digital dentistry (3D) technology and presurgical planning techniques, dental implant placement procedures have become very precise.

Through computer-guided dental implant surgery, a 3D cone-beam scan of the patient’s mouth is used to create a virtual surgery. Virtual models of the patient’s mouth are made via optical scanning of the teeth. The 3D scans of the patient’s mouth and virtual models are placed in an overlaid fashion, allowing the prosthodontist to perform a virtual surgery. Once the implant is planned in the safest and most ideal position within the jawbone virtually, a physical resin surgical guide is designed and fabricated (via 3D printing or CAD/CAM milling) for use during the implant placement procedure. On the day of surgery, this surgical guide fits over the adjacent teeth and is used to place the implant(s) in the pre-planned ideal position. A prosthodontist, like Dr. Tyler, is committed to the use of current dental technology to make outcomes predictable and safe for you.

Who is a good candidate

for Dental Implants?

Your doctor will help you decide if you can get a dental implant. In most cases, you are a good candidate if you:

Are in good general health. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may slow healing after surgery and prevent successful placement of an implant.
Have a jawbone that can support an implant. If you have lost bone in your jaw you may still get an implant. Sometimes bone must be added by a special process known as bone grafting.
Don’t use tobacco. Smoking may be linked to a higher rate of implant failure.

What is the success rate of

Dental Implants?

For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene, dental implants have reported success rates above 90-95 percent. Good oral hygiene is very important to the success of the implant. Although implants can’t decay, you’ll need to make sure the area around the implant is especially clean to prevent gum problems. Dental implant maintenance visits are important to avoid peri-implantitis, an inflammatory process that can damage the soft tissue and bone around the implant.

If you want the best option for replacing a tooth or multiple teeth make sure to ask your prosthodontist about dental implants; they surely have a lot to offer.
For any further questions about dental implants please do not hesitate to ask us.

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