Are dentures an inconvenience to you? A dental implant, also called endosseous implant, is a great alternative to removable dentures as they provide you permanent teeth without the inconvenience of dentures. No longer will you worry when you speak or eat as you won’t miss a tooth. No more of those moments where your denture fall out because they have become too loose. You no longer have to be frustrated with dentures getting fit all the time. With your brand new and permanent set of teeth, no longer will you worry about hiding your mouth with your palm to make sure they won’t slip out. You’ll be a lot more confident once you undergo this periodontal plastic surgery and have the smile makeover that will last a lifetime.
With implants, you can eat whatever you want knowing that they are as tough as your original set of teeth. We will help you to have a better life and live it to the fullest. No more of those decaying, missing teeth and dentures that are shifting and slipping out.
According to American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), “Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing, and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.”
What Is It?
They are a set of titanium or zirconia metal screws shaped in various diameters and shapes to match the patient’s teeth and surgically attached to the jaw. They are the closest dental restoration to replace missing teeth. After placing them, time to heal is important as they need to be fused into the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration. A sturdy primary implant stability is linked to successful integration and satisfactory clinical results over the coming years. To guarantee successful osseointegration, it is important to determine early stability at various periods. Once the implant is embedded into the jaw, then the restoration is placed. This process will take three to six months to complete.
Using diagnostic and surgical protocols, the titanium screw is attached to the patient’s jawbone. The oral surgeon usually administers anesthesia or a different type of sedation before the oral surgery so the individual will not feel discomfort nor pain. Upper jaw restorations are easily done and don’t take a lot of time to achieve. Teeth implants can support even a full mouth restoration with the help of overdenture or permanent dentures. Among the treatments available, artificial root restorations have shown to have the highest success rate as well as being safe. They look and function like your original set of teeth and they could last almost a lifetime with proper dental care.
Tooth implants are available in various types, the most prevalent being endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants, which are sometimes referred to as root implants, are the most widely used form of tooth implant. These implants, as the name implies, are utilized to fuse directly into the jawbone. On the other hand, subperiosteal implants are a bit different. Instead of drilling directly into the jawbone, your oral surgeon will drill beneath the gums and attach a metal frame. Both endosteal and subperiosteal implants are viable options for individuals desiring durable, aesthetically pleasing, and functional teeth.
Are They Right For Anyone?
- A candidate for restorative dentistry should have good oral and proper hygiene maintenance.
- Candidates with diabetes or taking any additional systemic medication are not necessarily unable to get this treatment as long as their conditions are under control and do not pose oral and maxillofacial surgery risks.
- The candidate should have a dense jaw bone, if not then a bone graft could be placed in the surgical area. Sometimes, a sinus lift (also called sinus augmentation) may be necessary to move the sinus up in order to make room for bone grafting in the upper jaw.
- There is no type of periodontal disease or gum disease like gingivitis present on the candidate.
- The candidate does not smoke or is willing to give up smoking particularly during the osseointegration period.
- The candidate should be in good health.
- The American Dental Association (ADA) advises that “Careful Oral hygiene is essential for the success of the Dental implant.” The candidate should be committed to having a healthy lifestyle, a good oral hygiene regimen, and moreover, be willing to undergo post-surgical routine visits and consultations.
Benefits of Fixed Prosthodontics:
- One of the health benefits of dental implants is that they fill in the empty tooth socket to prevent bone loss around the jaw.
- It prevents gum recession around the jaw.
- It restores the proper chewing of the food.
- It does not need any preparation like grinding down the natural teeth on both sides of the gap.
- Fixed complete dentures do not need any adhesives and are reliably and permanently secured.
- It can be for cosmetic purposes since it helps keep the natural appearance of your face so you don’t get sunken cheeks. If, however, the patient’s primary goal is to improve his or her appearance, he or she should contact a cosmetic dentist instead.
- Same day implants are possible with placing of the implant the same day as the tooth extraction is performed.
Why is Restorative Dentistry Needed?
- The tooth loss cause issues in chewing food and the appearance of the patient’s face.
- Although some individuals may be administered bisphosphonates to help decrease the bone loss caused by missing teeth, the patient who has been affected by cavities, tooth decay, or tooth loss still makes a great candidate for this procedure.
- Patients who once wore dentures that are tired of the eating and social limitations of it. Perio implants work the same as a natural tooth would; thereby preventing bone resorption.
- When there is a missing tooth, the adjacent teeth will be affected as it would shift towards the gap. Thus, it will be misaligned and it would be more vulnerable to cracking and fractures.
- It prevents supra-eruption of the natural teeth in the opposite arch because of the absence of the antagonist’s teeth.
- Dentures are not the most effective method in preventing shifting or sunken cheeks.
- The new fixed prosthodontics help improve the appearance of the teeth, maintains the natural speaking habit, be able to eat as normal, and have a better quality of life.
- They can be used as an orthodontic anchorage to assist the movement of the teeth as well as stimulate skeletal growth.
Not Recommended If:
- There is a presence of a medical case, a chronic illness, or other factors that can develop post-operative complications such as heart disease.
- The patient is undergoing any treatment for oral cancer or bone diseases.
- The patient is undergoing immunosuppressive therapy or taking Immunosuppressive drug for organ transplants.
- It is not recommended for children because their jawbones are not fully developed yet.
Dental Implants can be a solution for adults and seniors. Learn more about Dental Implants for Seniors
Teeth Implants Procedure
Before conducting the dental implant surgery, the implant specialist will first conduct a smile evaluation and analyze the jawbone mass as well as the adjacent anatomical structures like other teeth, nerves, or sinuses using computerized tomography (CT scan) or x-rays to ensure the implants can be appropriately placed and supported. If the bone or sinus lacks density, then bone grafts or sinus lifts may be required.
Dental implant surgical procedures generally require a single or multiple titanium posts inserted into the jawbone with the use of pressure-controlled drills. This implant procedure will depend on the number of teeth that need to be replaced. For full mouth implants, a dental extraction for all remaining teeth will be performed. In some cases, the dental expert may opt for platform switching, which is using small diameter implants, to preserve alveolar bone levels around the posts.
Some patients may need preparatory procedures before the placement of the artificial teeth. If the patient has a deficient jawbone, for example, the patient will need bone augmentation like a graft to improve the density of the jawbone and create a strong base for the implant. The grafting will affect the process as the patient will have to wait for a while for it to heal before the next procedure is done. Healing time and bone growth will take from six up to nine months. In general, ten days after the surgery, side effects should subside. Any discomfort or pain should diminish following surgery. Therefore, if you continue to experience inflammation, toothache, bleeding, or other complications after three days, you should see your surgeon immediately.
If bone grafts aren’t possible, then the patients can have mini dental implants that are thinner in diameter than the conventional implants. Because of its smaller size, and shape this solution can be placed in the smaller area of the bone.
The evolution of 3D imaging and the use of validated surgical techniques to modify bone and gum tissues allow minimally invasive dental implant procedures. Three-dimensional modeling of your jaw removes the uncertainty out of it. This optimizes surgical speed and precision.
The patient will then undergo a healing period which could take from four up to six months. This allows the gums to fuse around the tooth replacement. The process is called Osseointegration. Following the placement of the titanium tooth root, a temporary crown is inserted to prevent the gum from growing over the implant. During the recovery stage, the patient will undergo several appointments with the dental implants specialist. This will help assess the overall condition of the patient’s healing process.
The permanent crown fabrication will be done in a laboratory. The lab can also create a customized implant-supported bridge or another restoration which will be ready to be placed on the abutment as soon as it is completely healed. The abutment may use dental cement to put the porcelain crowns in place or the crown may be screwed directly into the abutment. When new implant-supported restorations such as dental crowns or dental bridges are placed, the patient will have a beautiful smile that can last forever.
With them, you can experience these advantages:
- Improved look. These implants look and feel like your own as they are designed to fuse with the jawbone and become permanent.
- No more speech problems. Unlike dentures, the teeth can slip between the mouth causing your speech to slur or mumble. Dental implants let you speak clearly.
- Comfortable. The implants become a part of you; therefore, it helps to eliminate the discomfort of dentures.
- Improved confidence. Implants give back your smile, and you’ll be more confident showing your pearly white glow.
- Durability. Implants are made to last for many years, particularly if you take care of them.
- Enhanced dental health. Dental implants are the closest to natural teeth in terms of functionality. Thus, they are designed to restore the original function and purpose of genuine teeth and prevent bone loss from tooth loss.
Post Surgery Care
Without proper oral care, it is possible to develop symptoms that may result in oral health problems such as peri-implantitis, a condition in which the soft tissue around the implant becomes infected or swollen, eventually resulting in the loss of the implanted prosthetic. This condition is caused by bacteria that grow in a dry mouth. Another occurrence that may lead to the emergence of an oral problem due to the failure to follow proper aftercare methods is the inflammation or infection of the dental implants by bacteria-infested plaque, which can later result in periodontal disease in the teeth. Plaques may solidify into tartar if remain untreated. Therefore, it is critical to follow up with proper oral health measures on a regular basis. The following are some frequent aftercare procedures:
- Any discomfort you might experience usually subsides within the first 24 to 48 hours.
- It is possible to speed up the healing time with pain medications and moist heat.
- You should eat only soft diet for the first few days. Do not perform any strenuous activities during this time.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and do gentle strokes when brushing your teeth to avoid opening the sutures.
- Use a mouthwash specifically formulated to get rid of any oral bacteria.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day.
- When the healthy gums have been fully healed, the patient should take care of the prosthetics just like a natural set of teeth would. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) urges those who have dental implants to take care of them by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once daily, and visiting a periodontist on a regular basis.
- Use special brushes and floss that can help reach the hard-to-reach areas of your restorations.
- The patient will need to schedule routine checkups and dental cleanings.
- Proper care and maintenance are all that is needed for these restorations to last almost a lifetime.
Bringing Smiles to Frisco, TX
Dental implants can restore your smile and improve your oral health. At Highland Oak Dental, our priority is to get you the perfect smile that you truly deserve in a place that you would love to visit often. We strive to help people in Frisco, TX, and beyond. Our team of dentists, prosthodontist, and friendly specialized staff are knowledgeable in all preoperative and post-op dental care, implementation, periodontics, implant dentistry/implantology, and many more dental specialties. We also make sure that you have a speedy recovery. Furthermore, we offer cost-effective orthodontics, dental bonding, and cosmetic dentistry. If you have a dental insurance plan, your total expenses can significantly reduce if the procedure is part of the coverage.
We are minutes from The Colony and Prosper and have flexible office hours. We have the best modern equipment, use advanced dental technology, and have a relaxing atmosphere starting from your appointment in our dental clinic up to the day of the surgical procedure. Our continued service to our neighbors and numerous positive testimonials from our patients are testaments to the highest quality of dental services we provide.
Call now if you have questions and to know more about our dental office, the dental implant treatment we offer, its cost, and the dental insurances we accept! We can also discuss the other payment alternatives we have and the financing companies we work with. Meet Dr. Shiney George, DDS and he/she will determine if dental implants is suitable for your dental condition.
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