The dental implant titanium screws are fitted into the jaw with a dental drill, making a hole in the jaw into which the implant is then settled. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone it acts as an anchor to hold a crowns or bridge, resembling tooth’s root. Dental implants can also be anchors to improve the stability and retention of loose dentures. If you look after your teeth and implants properly, they can last for the rest of your life.
Consequences of losing a tooth or several teeth can be unpleasant experience for a patient. For many, missing teeth lead to an unattractive smile, inconvenience from loose dentures, and pain or difficulty with chewing food.
Traditional dentistry can provide replacements for missing teeth using bridges, removable partials and complete dentures; however, each of these has its problems. Dental Bridgework requires two or more healthy teeth to be ground down to serve as abutments (posts) to support a bridge, leaving them at a much greater risk for cavities and endodontic failure. Dentures can, at times, be very unstable leading to denture sores or speech difficulties.With implants, however, the healthy teeth are left alone. Dental implants, like natural teeth, also transmit chewing forces to the jawbone, which reduces bone loss. This is why many leading dental organizations now recognize dental implants as the standard of care for tooth replacement.
Another little known problem associated with tooth loss is a process known as "atrophy," a shrinking of the jawbone that can progress over the years. Bone atrophy not only affects jaw function, but can cause facial cosmetic changes. As a result, there may not be enough bone volume for dental implants, in which case additional treatment may be required. Because of the remarkable advances in dentistry in recent years, dental implants offer an effective solution to many of these problems.
Dental implants can be placed in most adults who are in good to moderate health. They are not typically placed in adolescents until they have reached their full-expected physical maturity. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease the effectiveness of implant treatment, so be sure to discuss your full medical history with our trained clinician during your initial consultation appointment.
Every patient is different and patient results may vary. Only a trained clinician can determine the best treatment plan for you and here at park dental clinic we will discuss the benefits and risks to see if tooth replacement with implants is right for you.
If you decide to go ahead with implants, you’ll probably need an x-ray or CT scan to be taken. This is so the clinician can check the shape of your jawbone and where it’s best to place the implant. These will also show the position of other structures in your mouth, such as your nerves.
Dental implants are usually completed in two phases.
This is the actual implant placement, a process generally performed in the dental practice with local anesthesia or light sedation to help make the patient more comfortable. Using precise, gentle surgical techniques, the implants are placed into the jawbone for 3 to 6 months while osseointegration (bonding to bone) takes place. This helps ensure a strong, solid foundation for replacement teeth. During this time, temporary bridges or dentures may be used to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience. On some occasions temporary teeth can be attached to the implants the same day without the need for waiting 3-6months of healing and thereby avoiding the need to wear a removable denture.
The main implant system we use at the Park Dental Clinic is the Ankylos system by Dentsply. This system is the most researched, versatile and has been on the market for over 25 years. Visit dentsply website for more patient information (www.dentsplyimplants.com)
This involves creating and attaching the new tooth or teeth to the anchored implant(s) in your jaw via a post called “abutment”. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or complete dentures. Your dentist can recommend the best choice for you.
Implantology is a tried and tested treatment and 95% of modern implants last for at least 15 years. They are firmly secured to bone, and as with natural teeth require thorough cleaning. If this is not carried out then you may experience problems similar to that of gum disease with infection around the implant resulting in bone loss, loosening and failure. Cleaning around implants is no more difficult than cleaning your natural teeth and we will strongly advise all patients to see the hygienist on a regular basis to maintain the healthy status of the implant and the rest of the teeth and gums.
Generally an implant can be replaced should it fail either at the same time or at a later stage, occasionally additional procedures may be required. In some instances, implants fail due to infection, rejection trauma, fracture of titanium or to other causes, and must be removed.
Annual review appointments with your clinician are highly recommended for a thorough examination and monitoring the health of your dental implant. Radiographs and photographs will be taken at specified appointments. Thee data recorded will form a part of your ongoing care to ensure the health of your implants and your mouth.