What are dental implants?
In dentistry, an implant is a prosthetic tool that replaces the missing teeth to support or enhance the appearance of the teeth. Dental implants are artificial man-made devices that are inserted into the jawbone using surgical procedures. They are placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or a bridge.
It helps in the bone preservation and also stimulates the growth of bone. It is an alternative to tooth-root.
Missing teeth cause bite issues and lead to eating very little. The tiny food residue may fill the spaces where teeth are missing and cause decay. Over the course of years, teeth wear out, get chipped or break away. An implant is a less expensive option for these issues.
How is a dental implant procedure performed?
If a single tooth is missing then an incision is made in the gingiva (gum region) and the tissue flap shows the jawbone. Then, some amount of drilling is done to enlarge the area for the implant. The implant fixture goes through a process of Osseointegration- where the osseous tissue or bone tissue is attached to the inert alloplastic material and then the dental prosthetic is placed.
A healing cap or a healing abutment is placed on the dental implant so that the gums nearby can heal properly. When the implant is finally placed, it behaves like a “new root” to the crown that is now being used in place of the missing teeth.
Will the dental implant take place right after extraction?
The time taken for implant depends on whether or not bone grafting is required. It also depends on whether the teeth conditions are desirable for an immediate post-extraction placement. After the tooth has been extracted, there can be an immediate post-extraction placement. The treatment time also depends on the quantity and quality of the bone. Today, with advances in bone grafting techniques, even patients with less potential bone can get a dental implant.
How long do dental implants last?
A dental implant is a good long-term option, as they will endure a lifetime. With a success rate of well over 90%, they are the next best thing to natural teeth. Implants are strong and stable.
The use of steroids, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases can affect the success or failure impact of the implant. Poor maintenance of oral health and smoking can cause periodontal diseases or gum diseases, which will affect an implant.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
• Help prevent dentures.
• Boost your self-esteem and makes you less conscience.
• Restore your smile.
• Last a lifetime.
• Prevent bone loss.
• No more wrinkled lips and dull lit face that resulted from missing teeth.
• Prevent cavity formations.
• Help you to bite and chew food better.
• Prevent migration of the adjacent teeth.
Dr. Cutler and Dr. Grundmann can help you find the best dental implants tailored to your oral needs. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at 408-252-5575.