What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth. A dental implant is placed into your bone, that grows around that implant.
This process is called osseointegration.
Osseointegration process usually takes about 2 to 6 month to occur depending on the “hardness” of your bone. After the bone has grown around the implant, Implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place.
Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime.
This patient presented to our office after an orthodontic treatment. Her lateral incisors were missing and she needed 2 implants. She also received KÖR Bleaching. Two implants were placed as well as two implant crowns. Composite veneers were done on central incisors to close the existing gap and increase the length of the front teeth.
When to consider Implants:
- To replace one or more teeth
- To provide support for a partial denture
- To provide support and stability of full upper or lower denture, enhancing chewing comfort
- To replace failing crowns, bridges, root canals
- To replace congenitally missing teeth
Implants can replace one single tooth or can serve as abutments for replacement of all missing teeth.
Dental Implants carry a success rate of around 98%.
Implant Denture Contraindications
There are few absolute contraindications to implant dentistry.
It would be discussed at your appointment, if you were a good candidate. However, there are some systemic, behavioral and anatomic considerations that should be assessed.
Advantages of Dental Implants over Dentures or Bridges
Since dental Implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession
When a bridge needs to be fabricated, very often the adjacent teeth need to be cut to serve as the abutments for the bridge.
Dental Implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant.
Dental Implants will allow you to speak and eat with comfort and confidence.
A contemporary approach for achieving a predictable outcome after tooth extraction is an implant placement.
Dental implant procedures have become routine procedures that are done in our office on a daily basis.
When should you consider a single implant? Generally speaking, if you lose your tooth due to trauma or the coronal portion of your tooth breaks off, the best option is an implant. Especially if the adjacent teeth are virgin teeth, meaning have no dental restorations. Because when a tooth needs to be extracted, the dental bridge will be fabricated by cutting a healthy tooth in order to create the supporting structure for the bridge. By placing a single implant, you will not compromise the healthy part of the tooth.
A single implant looks and feels like a real tooth. You will be able to floss normally. Also, single restorations are more esthetically pleasing than bridges.
In many cases dealing with the anterior region (front teeth), you can get a temporary crown at the time of the implant placement. That means no need for uncomfortable, cumbersome “flippers.”
Implant Bridges are very similar to the bridges on natural teeth but they are supported by implants.
Implant Bridges are an option when:
- more than one tooth is missing
- the adjacent teeth are virgin teeth that would have to be cut down in order to fabricate a conventional bridge
- there are no teeth posterior to the space to support the conventional bridge
- the removable partial denture is not comfortable
Dental implants are “artificial teeth” that replace lost teeth. They are very strong and will last a lifetime. One tooth or multiple missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants.
An Implant Overdenture is an excellent option for patients with traditional dentures who want to improve their quality of life by being able to chew properly and enjoy food without fear of dentures moving.
These are two implants that are already integrated in the patient’s mouth. After that, 2 locators are attached to the implants and to the denture. The denture is then ready to be worn.
In a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, researchers found that the cumulative survival rate of Implant Overdentures was 95.4 percent for 10 years.
The success rate for the maxilla (upper jaw) Implant Overdentures was 87.3 percent and the mandible (lower jaw) was 99.5 percent.
Implant Overdentures can support complete dentures as well as partial removable dentures.
Full Arch Implants with Fixed Bridge
If the patient doesn’t want to have any type of the removable prosthesis, there is an option of having all the missing teeth replaced with implants.
You might need between 6 -10 implants either for the upper jaw or the lower jaw.
Full Arch Implants with Fixed Bridge feels like your own teeth. It is fixed in your mouth.
In this patient, all his existing dental restorations and teeth were failing at the time of the presentation. He had to have all his teeth extracted and to be replaced with implants and implant crowns.
Teeth In-A-Day or Immediate Loading
Teeth in a Day is a procedure where a person with no teeth or teeth that are not salvageable can have dental implants and a bridge placed in one day.
The bridge is a temporary fixed bridge. It is worn by a patient for several months until the implants integrate. After that a new permanent bridge is made.
Placement of the permanent bridge at the time of the implant placement is very risky and can be associated with the higher rate of implant failure.
With this temporary solution, any possibilities of failure are minimized. There is also enough time to make all the necessary esthetic and functional corrections.