Are dentures an inconvenience to you? Dental implants are a great alternative to dentures as they give you a permanent set of 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 dentures 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’ll have the smile 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.
What Is It?
They are a set of titanium screws shaped in various diameter and shapes to match the patient’s teeth and placed in the jaw. After placing them, time to heal is important as they need to fuse to the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration. Once 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 placed on the patient’s jawbone without pain or discomfort. Upper jaw restorations are easily done and don’t take a lot of time to achieve. Implants can support even a full mouth restoration. 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 it could last almost a lifetime with proper dental care.
Are They Right For Anyone?
- Candidates should have good oral and proper hygiene maintenance.
- A candidate with diabetes or taking any systemic medication is not necessarily unable to get this treatment as long as the condition is under control and does not pose any oral and maxillofacial surgery risk.
- Candidate should have a dense jaw bone, if not then a graft could be placed at the surgical area. Sometimes, a sinus lift may be necessary to move the sinus up in order to make room for bone grafting in the upper jaw.
- There is no periodontal disease present on the candidate.
- The candidate does not smoke or is willing to give up smoking particularly during the osseointegration period.
- Candidate should be in good health.
- The ADA advises that “careful oral hygiene is essential for the success of the implant.” 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:
- It helps the 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 dentures do not need any adhesives and are reliably and permanently secured.
- It helps keep the natural appearance of your face so you don’t get sunken cheeks.
- Same day implants are possible with placing of the implant the same day as the extractions are made.
Why is Restorative Dentistry Needed?
- The tooth loss affects the chewing of the food and the appearance of the patient’s face.
- The patient has been affected by tooth decay or tooth loss make great candidates for this procedure.
- Patients who once wore dentures that are tired of the eating and social limitations of it. Dental 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 part of the teeth because of the absence of the antagonist’s teeth.
- Dentures are not the most effective method in preventing shifting or sunken cheeks.
- The new and permanent restorations 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.
Not Recommended If:
- There is the presence of medical conditions that can develop postoperative complications such as heart disease.
- The patient is undergoing any treatment from cancer or bone diseases.
- The patient is undergoing immunosuppressive therapy 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
The permanent tooth oral surgery will require one or multiple titanium posts inserted to the jawbone with the use of pressure-controlled drills. This 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 doctor may opt for platform switching, which is using thinner diameter implants, to preserve alveolar bone levels around the posts.
Some patients may need preparatory procedures before an artificial tooth can be placed. If the patient has a deficient jawbone, for example, the patient will need 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 will take from six up to nine months.
If bone grafting isn’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 patient will then undergo a healing period. The could take from four up to six months. This allows the gums to use around the replacement tooth. The process is called Osseointegration.
During the recovery stage, the patient will undergo several appointments to the dental implants specialist. This will help assess the overall condition of the patient’s healing process.
The lab then fabricates a customized restoration ready to be placed on the abutment as soon as it is completely healed. When the new implant supported restorations 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 bone 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.
- Durable. Implants are made to last for many years, particularly if you take care of them.
Post Surgery Care
- 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 medication 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 gums have been fully healed, the patient should take care of the restorations just like a natural set of teeth would. Brush at least twice and floss once a day.
- 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 and friendly specialized staff are knowledgeable in all pre and post dental care, implementation, periodontics and implants dentistry and making sure that you have a speedy recovery.
We are minutes from The Colony and Prosper. We have the best modern equipment, a relaxing atmosphere starting from your appointment up to the day of the surgical procedure. Our continued service to our neighbors is a testament to the highest quality of service.
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