Implants

Dental Implants:

Replacement Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving that traditional bridgework,since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth.Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure.Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile,speak and eat again with comfort confidence, there is good news!!

Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own!!

Under proper conditions, such as placement by a dentist and diligent patient maintenance, imlplants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving succes rates for implants.

What dental implants can do?

  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

 

Types of implants in use today

  • Endosseal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant.The various types include screw,cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone.Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth.This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
  • Periosseal (on the bone): These type of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.

 

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge

Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

  • ESTETIC Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth!Since dental implants integrateinto the structure of your bone,they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
  • TOOTH-SAVING Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not alteredt o support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long term benefit to your oral health!
  • RELIABLE The succes rate of implants is highly predictable.They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

 

Are you a candidate for implants?

The ideal candidate for an implant is in good general and oral health.Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant,and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of parodontal disease.

Implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth.

 

What is treatment like?

This procedure is a team effort between you and your dentist .Your dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of imlant chosen,your dentist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet you needs.

  • Replacing a single tooh-    If you are missing a single tooth ,one implant and a crown can replace it. An implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
  • Replacing all of your teeth-  If you are missing all of the teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture csn replace them.
  • Sinus elevation  ( lifting) -   A key to implant succes is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed.The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place implants due to insufficient bone quality and the close proximity tothe sinus.Sinus elevation and augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.

What can I expect after treatment?

As you know,your own teeth require conscientious at home oral care and regular dental visit.Implantsare like your own teeth and will require the same care.In order to keep your implant clean plaque-free,brushing and flossing still apply!

   

THE DENTAL IMPLANTS PROCEDURE

Todays dental implant are virtually indistinquishable from other teeth.This appearance is aided in part by the structual and functional connection between the implant and the living bone. Implants are typically placed in a single sitting but require a period of osseointegration.

Osseointegration is the process by which direct anchorage of an implant root and the bone of the jaw occurs.Osseointegrated implants are the most commonly used and succesful type of implant.An integrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal, at which point your dentist can complete the procedure with thw placement of a crown..Once the implant has anchored with the jawbone, artificial prosthesis may be attached and the process is done. If osseointegration does not occur ,the implant will fail.

PROCEDURAL STEPS:

Preparing the jaw for implantation:

An implant is commonly composed of a titanium material screw and a crown.A small-diameter hole (pilot hole)is drilled at edentulous( where there is not tooth)jaw sites in order to guide the titanium screw that holds an implant in place.To avoid damaging vital jaw and face structures like the interior alveolar nerve int he mandible, a dentist must use great skill and expertise when boring the pilot hole and sizing the jaw bone.

Placement of the implant:

After the initial pilot hole has been drilled into the appropriate jaw site, it is slowly widened to allow for placement of the implant screw.Following this placement,a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the implant site to heal and the dental implant to anchor.After several months, the protective cover is removed and a temporary crown is placed on top of the implant.The temporary crown serves as a temlate around which the gum grows and shapes itslf in a natural way. The process is completedwhen the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown.

Used Methods:

Full Plant  Biolok  Wital

About FULL-TECH (pdf, 14,5 MB)

About Wital (pdf, 3,2 MB)

Wieland-Dental

BIOLOK product catalogue, PDF

About BIOLOK implants, PDF