Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. A dental implant is a modern way of replacing missing teeth. Dental implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
- Single Tooth Replacement: If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it.
- Multiple Tooth (implant bridge): If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
- Full Mouth Reconstruction: If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or implant-supported full denture can replace them.
- Implant Dentures: If you can’t use your removable partial denture, with 2 or 4 implants, implant-supported dentures can replace them.
- Convert regular bridges to single implant crowns: If you have a teeth-supported bridge, you can replace it with dental implant and have single crowns.
- Examination and planning
The planning of the dental implant treatment depends on the individual dental situation and will be discussed in details with your dentist after examination of your mouth and taking radiographs of your jaws.
- Operation of the implants
Dental implants are typically placed in an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. According to the implant size, the implant site will be prepared with special drills. The implant will then be accurately inserted into the jawbone. The length of the treatment depends on the type of procedure and the number of implants to be placed.
- Preparation of teeth and impression
After a 3-6 month period, a second procedure is needed to uncover the implant via a small incision in the gum and attach the healing cap. Then, after the gums have healed, the healing cap is removed and replaced by the abutment, in readiness for the new crown. When your gums have healed, your dentist will take a new impression of your mouth. The replacement tooth, or crown, is cemented or screwed in place over the abutment. This will be used to make a model of your teeth on which the dental technician will construct your crown or bridge, paying special attention to achieve a natural finish that matches the rest of your teeth.
- Fitting of crowns or bridges
When your crowns and bridges have been prepared, your dentist will cement or screw them on to the abutments over the dental implants.
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia will be used during the procedure. After the operation, mild soreness can be treated with pain killers.
It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support a dental implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency; as artificial bone replacement, block grafts or sinus lift. Your dentist will inform you after clinic and radyologic examinations.
Bridges or dentures are often seen as a low-cost and convenient solution to missing teeth but they generally need replacing every 5-10 years, and can actually cost more over a lifetime of treatment than implants. With proper cleaning and care, an implant will likely last a lifetime. For bridge, adjacent teeth must be filed down to make room for the necessary hardware, causing irreparable damage Denture wearers also often complain of discomfort, pain, and bad breath. The clasps they utilize to stay in place can compromise the health of neighboring teeth and eventually cause them to fall out.
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.
Yes. With the help of mini dental implant technology, existing removable or fixed prothesis can be used adapted to implants after operation.