A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone. Dental implant placement typically happens in two stages.
The first stage is done by placing the post in the jaw with little to no bone grafting, allowing 2-3 months for osseointegration or fusion to occur. When there are no biting or loading forces on the dental implant, there is a 98 percent success rate.
The oral surgeon then does a second operation on the patient once the jaw has healed. They reopen the site of the original surgery to reveal the titanium root during this procedure. An abutment, topped with a temporary crown, is then attached over it.
The first stage of the surgery is usually more complex than the second. A small titanium post will need to be inserted into your jawbone with a special tool called an insertion wrench (which is designed for more precise control of the implant). The titanium screw has specific threads on it that fit perfectly in between the bone “threads” on each side so it can fit snugly and securely within your jaw.
Some doctors may use screws or even additional surgical methods like how they would do dental bridges or implants to ensure that these posts stay intact. Sometimes this part of treatment takes multiple visits due to different stages of healing needed.
Advantages of dental implants
The main advantage of dental implants is being able to replace missing teeth without sacrificing jawbone density, comfort, functionality, or aesthetics. Dental implants also have the ability to support future dentures or other prosthetics that are worn on top of your natural teeth, which allows you to speak, eat, and even smile with confidence again.
Implants are considered a permanent solution to missing teeth since they fuse directly into your jawbone tissue, however it is important to note that they are still subject to decay and gum disease like all other teeth. Another advantage of dental implants is their strength – once they are placed correctly there is little risk of damage or shifting due to everyday use. This means that if one tooth breaks off from an implant it will be trapped firmly in place instead of falling out somewhere else in your mouth.
If you’re considering getting dental implants for yourself, you need to find a qualified, experienced dentist that has been certified and licensed.
Being an efficient solution there is a cost involved with dental implants, however it can be more affordable than having multiple teeth removed to place false teeth. More importantly, being confident about your smile will help give you more self-assurance which can potentially affect the way you present yourself as well as how others perceive you as a person. In addition, some dental insurance plans may cover at least some portion of treatment depending on what they offer so it’s a good idea to check with your provider before you commit.
Although dental implants have been around for several years, they have only recently become more accessible and affordable. In order to help their patients restore function without compromising quality, many dentists are now offering a wide range of different solutions that often improve upon previous designs and techniques. Over time, treatments will continue to evolve into stronger and more efficient options that may provide even greater benefits than what we have today – which means that getting an implant may potentially cost less in the future.
Why go through the trouble of getting a dental implant?
A person who has lost his or her teeth will want to get a dental implant because it is considered an effective way to restore the natural function of their teeth. Teeth loss does not mean that you have to live forever with compromised chewing, speaking, and poor self-image.
Implants are the best method for replacing one’s missing teeth if they are opting for more than just a replacement with dentures. Compared to other replacement options, no prosthesis can match that of implants in terms of ease while eating, speaking, and aesthetics.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
When thinking about dental implants, most people picture a shiny, strong replacement tooth. If you have lost one or more teeth, you know that the day will eventually come when you’ll need to replace your missing teeth. Modern dental technology is making it possible for just about anyone who’s lost a tooth to be able to replace it.
Dental implants are often considered for younger people between 30 and 50 years of age; however, older adults are now able to choose implant supported prostheses as well. They can be made with titanium (which is compatible with your own bone) and take only 2-3 months to integrate into the jawbone after which they appear quite natural in appearance and function like your natural teeth did when they were still part of your smile.
More and more patients are opting to have dental implants for several reasons. One reason is that it is now possible for an implant supported crown to last a lifetime, whereas before it was usually necessary to make new dentures every 4-5 years.
With dental implants, you don’t have the inconvenience of wearing ill-fitting partial or full dentures, which can cause your gum tissue to shrink around them requiring frequent adjustments by an office visit which can even result in infection if not properly taken care of.
Also, most people find that dentures are just plain uncomfortable and quite embarrassing, they tend to loosen over time because there’s nothing holding them in place. They are also not aesthetic since there are no teeth attached, so most of the time people cover them with a hand over their mouth when they smile.
So, as you can see, there are some definite benefits to having implants instead of dentures. Dental implants will not only enhance your appearance and restore function, but also retain bone that would otherwise be lost from tissue shrinkage, resulting in a more youthful appearance over time.
We have found through our experience that most patients who consider getting dental implants do so because they want to replace teeth which don’t appear aesthetic and which have been difficult to keep clean. When making the decision of whether or not to replace missing teeth with dental implant restorations, patients should consider several factors such as how long they have been missing, their age and general health condition, if their bone density has always been normal, etc.
Unfortunately, there are also some potential reasons why people may not qualify for dental implants which include smoking (since it can slow down your healing), taking medications that produce thin blood like aspirin, having an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes mellitus type II among others.
Also, you will need to take into account the fact that you will need two visits in to complete a permanent replacement first by removing the teeth that will be replaced and then placing the implant posts into your jawbone to serve as anchors for your new set of teeth.
After those two visits, you will need to return every six months so we can monitor and check up on them which usually helps us decide if they need some adjustments or not. Once everything is healed and integrated, we will finally be able to attach the crowns replacing your missing teeth with beautiful looking, natural looking dental implants which function just like your natural ones did before they disappeared.