A dental implant is a small screw made from titanium that is placed into your upper or lower jaw. This acts as the root part of your natural missing tooth. The implant is able to fuse with the bone in your jaw over time and be held in a solid position to allow us to place a tooth, bridge or over denture.
Implants are designed to replace single or multiple missing teeth. They can also be used to aid stabilisation of dentures.
We’ll determine the best form of implant for you after a thorough examination by one of our highly experienced team. The amount and location of available bone is usually the major determinant as to which implant system is to be used, or whether you are a good implant candidate.
The implant is a fixed device that is extremely stable over many years. Once placed, no further adjustment is needed. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present the jawbone can shrink. This can make your face look older. As soon as the implant is fitted you will not have to worry about the restoration 'feeling loose' or falling out, it is secure and safe. You will be able to enjoy all varieties of food and speak with confidence. The implant is the closest replacement to a natural tooth available. It is made to blend in with your natural teeth and bring back your smile.
If you feel you are a nervous patient, you can choose to have sedation which we can discuss with you at your initial consultation. Once the procedure is completed you may feel some discomfort for a few days while healing occurs.
If more extensive treatment is needed, for example bone grafts or many implants, then the post-operative course may require additional time and medication. Anaesthesia during the surgery should make the placement procedure pain-free. We are conservative with anaesthetic agents and our philosophy is to utilize the least amount of medication for the patient to comfortably tolerate the procedures. Depending on the complexity and number of implants being placed, the procedure can take between 1 and 4 hours.
Number of implants needed - Addition of other procedures including sinus lift, bone graph (will be discussed in a consultation) - Type of restoration to be placed on the implant once fitted - We will provide you will a written treatment plan and estimate after a thorough examination and discussion with you. Here at Precision we try to make treatment easy and affordable and we offer a range of payment options including 0% finance.
Patients who have a known medical condition that may interfere with the healing process of their soft tissues or bones will be more carefully assessed by our dentists to discuss the risks and benefits.
Just like natural teeth, dental implants require regular maintenance with a hygienist and examination by the dentist. Making sure you attend these review appointments will affect how long your implants last. However good treatment planning and correct insertion of the dental implant is one of the most important requirements for long term success.
The same holds true for implants. With proper care and routine dental check-ups, your implants should last a lifetime.
Obviously, there are some dental implants that have not been successful. However, success has more to do with proper patient selection, proficiency of the practitioner, and the patient's commitment to proper hygiene and preventative maintenance. Another factor in success involves regular follow-up care, just like other dental treatments. Both soft tissue health and the way the replacement teeth function and bite together must be evaluated periodically to ensure long term success of the dental implant.
Return for regular check-ups. Brush and floss thoroughly. Realize also, that caring for the gums is the best way to care for one's teeth. More teeth are lost as a result of gum disease than any other single cause.
Through this healing period, you will probably wear your modified denture or a temporary denture or bridge and maintain normal activities without restriction. You will need to follow a modified, soft diet for the first couple of weeks. There are occasions when patients may be asked not to wear their removable dentures for a period of time such as when bone grafting is needed. When this is necessary we'll do all, we can to help our patient through this transition. The second phase of the procedure is usually 3-6 months after implant placement. At this time, the top of the implants will be uncovered from under the gums and a small metal post or extension will be attached to the implant(s). Your dentist will make any necessary modifications to your temporary teeth to allow you to continue wearing them after post attachment. In this phase, your new replacement teeth are created and fitted. This phase involves a series of appointments to make impressions of your mouth and to ``try-in`` your replacement teeth at key steps in their fabrication. The try-in sessions are necessary to ensure that the size, shape, colour and fit of your new teeth will completely blend with and match your individual facial characteristics and remaining natural teeth (if any). Total treatment time for most implant cases will usually be 5-8 months. It could be longer if bone or gum procedures are needed.
Implants are the most thoroughly researched procedure in the history of dentistry and, while no procedure is 100% successful, current technology has resulted in very high success rates. Dental implants are carefully regulated and a number of implant systems have been approved by the BDA.
During the first year after teeth have been removed, as much as 40% of jawbone width can be lost. Sometimes, infection from a tooth or periodontal disease has destroyed the bone to such an extent that it becomes necessary to do a bone grafting procedure prior to implant placement. If it is possible to place the implant at the same visit as the teeth are extracted, this can save at least three months in healing time compared to waiting for an extraction site to heal before the implants can be placed.
With dental implants, bone loss as well as gum erosion are slowed. Unlike dentures, which put pressure and stress on top of the gums and jaw bone, endosseous (``in-the-bone``) implants are actually surrounded by bone and the chewing forces transfer pressures into the bone, much like teeth do. This actually can strengthen the bone and increase bone density, reducing the bone shrinkage seen regularly from dentures.
During chewing, the average lower denture moves five times more than an upper denture. The person with advanced bone loss has additional problems of poor muscle coordination, speech difficulties, and inability to keep the denture in place, all of which adversely influence a normal lifestyle. Dental implants can be the solution to all of these problems. Even in cases where a lot of bone loss has occurred there still is a good chance something can be done. In most cases, a thorough oral exam and a panoramic x-ray is all that is needed to determine if you are a good candidate for implants.
For example, in this case, if you're a good candidate for endosseous (in-the-bone) implants, you may require between 2-8 implants, depending on the technique used to support a full complement of lower teeth. A thorough oral exam and panoramic x-ray is all that is necessary in most cases, to determine which implant can be used and how many must be used. Sometimes additional x-rays or CT scans are used in more complicated cases.
The end result is the elimination of the denture as we now know it. The ability to function socially and eat properly is the driving force behind the development of dental implants. These procedures will provide you with stable teeth, in many cases, for the first time in years. A removable denture can be retained and supported by several implants joined by a bar or the missing teeth can be restored with fixed or removable bridges anchored to 5 to 8 implants. Implants are a viable and functional way to help improve one's quality of life and health.
In the past, the best available treatment was to remove the tooth and file down the adjacent teeth and make a bridge - caps on the adjacent teeth with an attached ``dummy`` tooth in between. Sometimes this still is the only way. However, in many cases an implant can replace the fractured tooth and no teeth need to be ground down at all.
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