Monday, September 12, 2011

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Fixed Bridge,Socket Preservation,Multiple Tooth Replacement

What is a dental implant?
Today, the preferred method of tooth replacement is a dental implant. They replace missing tooth roots and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation previously provided by the natural tooth roots.
The most common dental implants are called "root form implants." They are similar to teeth in that they mimic the shape of the roots of teeth. They can be used to support individual teeth or to help anchor removable dentures. Using local anesthetic (freezing) and oral sedation, the implants are surgically placed under the gum and into the bone. The healing period for dental implants varies depending on the location and the health of the bone.  It can be as little as 6 weeks or as much as four months. Some form of aesthetic temporization is always placed in visible areas. Once the implant is biologically attached to the bone, a post (abutment) is inserted inside the implant. The post becomes the extension to which a crown is attached. 
Implants are made of a bio-compatible material called titanium, which cannot decay. One advantage of implants is that they stimulate bone growth, and thus, prevent future bone loss. Bone that disappears when a tooth is removed can only be replaced with a bone graft. It is why dentists are trained to do immediate placement of the implant fixture after atraumatic extraction of a unsalvageable tooth.

What are the advantages of choosing dental implants?
  Maintain Anatomy: If you have missing teeth, the bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede and change your facial structure. Dental implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone so your face retains its natural shape.
  Keep your healthy teeth: A better long-term alternative to bridgework, dental implants eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth. Your own natural healthy teeth are not compromised.
  Security: Securely anchored dental implants do not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The result is superior comfort, reliability, and freedom from embarrassment.

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Fixed Bridge
  Aesthetic:   Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into 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 altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health! 
  Confidence:   Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues. 
  Reliable:   The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement. 
  Immediate Placement  Fractures, decay, blocked canals and other conditions can prevent the successful completion of root canal treatment. Fortunately, if this is anticipated, it is possible to remove the tooth and immediately replace it with an implant.

How do dental implants work?
 The “root replica” fixture made of titanium is inserted in channel created in the jaw by precision instruments that control heat, speed and any variable that could affect a successful outcome.  After osseointegration (when the surrounding bone has bonded to the implant), a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant. This new tooth looks, feels and performs similar to your natural teeth.

Who is a candidate for dental implants? 
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay is a candidate for dental implants. If one, a few or all teeth are missing, dental implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth. Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age.  A careful evaluation of your dental and medical health history must be made to determine whether you can safely have a tooth removed. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're healthy enough to receive dental implants.  
Is there any pain or discomfort involved? 
Most patients report very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they anticipated. Anesthesia and patient sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort during the procedure. 
How will I benefit from dental implants?
The benefits of implant treatment include appearance, the enhanced ability to chew and enjoy your food, and often protection of your remaining teeth and jawbone. Dental implants offer many benefits never before available for the treatment of missing teeth. In short, dental implants will look, feel and function like your real teeth.
How long will the treatment take?
Treatment time will vary depending on your particular situation. Nowadays it is often possible to get well-functioning and esthetic looking teeth within a few days. In some cases it may be necessary to wait longer before finishing the restoration in order to obtain an optimal result.
What is involved in the implant procedure?
 The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period that averages from literally immediate placement and loading to 6 months. The typical process will include:
  Pre-treatment consultation: After a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history, your practitioner will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, you will then have a thorough consultation before your treatment begins.
  Initial implant placement: Your practitioner places the dental implant into your jaw while you are under either local or general anaesthesia. Over the next several months, bone will heal to the surface of the implant, anchoring it into position. Depending on your particular case, an additional minor procedure creates an opening through which your artificial tooth will emerge.
  Implant prosthetic attachment: During this phase, your practitioner painlessly attaches a prosthetic "post" to the implant. An impression will be taken, and soon after, an artificial replacement tooth will be created for a natural restoration.
Proper maintenance: Your dental practitioner will guide you on the proper care and maintenance of your new implants before, during and after the procedure. By following a regular routing of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implants will look, function and feel great for many years to come.
Will I ever be without my teeth?
This depends on your situation. Most patients can leave the office wearing some type of temporary prosthesis.
How much will it cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. It is important for you to know that you do not necessarily need an implant for each missing root. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you and what your investment would be for the procedure.
How long do implants last?
Modern dental implants have been maintained in individual cases for more than twenty years.  An implant, although made of metal, still requires continued care after placement.  This includes patient home care and professional maintenance.  The life of the implant varies with factors of patient health (diabetes, HIV, metabolic bone disease), patient habits (smoking, oral hygiene) and structural overload. It is impossible to predict exactly how long an implant will last, therefore it is impossible to predict or guarantee success.  If an implant fails it may be replaced, however the prosthesis (overdenture/crowns) will need to be remade.  It is not uncommon to have success rates over 95% in the field of dental implants. 
Is it important to take care of the implants after the treatment is completed?
Yes! Maintainance of the implants will help to assure the long-term success of your treatment. You will be responsible for daily plaque removal, which can be accomplished through brushing and flossing around your restoration. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to properly care for your implants. You should visit your dentist at least once a year for maintenance appointments.

Single Tooth Replacement

If a single tooth is missing and has been replaced with a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge, an implant-supported crown may be a better alternative. Single tooth replacements look and feel natural and function as a natural tooth
  Do not compromise adjacent teeth
  Preserves surrounding bone (replaces tooth root)
  Prevents bone collapse and jaw line recession
  Oral care same as a natural tooth
  Restores a secure natural biting strength
  Restores self-confidence and appearance
 This patient had her upper right central incisor knocked out as a child. Over time, the root resorbed, the crown discoloured and she need to have the tooth removed and replaced. Rather than a fixed bridge, she elected to have an implant placed. One the implant osseointegrated into the jaw bone, a porcelain crown was fitted and the aesthetic appearance even at this level of magnification is excellent. The implant anchoring the crown is never seen and functions just like a natural root functions.

Multiple Tooth Replacement

This procedure is referred to a single stage implant fixture placement. Cover screws are exposed and no secondary procedure is required to uncover the integrated implants.

This patient’s posterior molars had reach the point where nothing could render them restorable and it was decided to remove them and replace them with an implant retained prosthesis.  As you can see, the implants are indetectable, the teeth appear completely natural and as shown in the radiograph, the ability to floss between them and maintain the health of the underlying gums and bone is excellent.  Looks, feels and performs like your natural teeth

Socket Preservation

The area of the jaw bone that holds a tooth in place is called a tooth socket. After a tooth has been removed, the bone that supported this tooth rapidly begins to melt (resorb) away. A socket preservation grafting procedure is performed to reduce the bone loss in the socket.
This procedure is done as gently as possible. In many cases a tooth can be removed gently using newly invented instruments called periotomes. Rather than using a great deal of force with dental pliers (forceps), the periotomes are pushed between the tooth root and bone so that the bone is gently pushed away from the tooth root. The tooth then comes out and the implant can be placed into the residual tooth socket.
There are circumstances that mandate that additional bone be created to address damage to trauma or periodontal disease.  The tooth is gently removed, donor bone is inserted into the tooth socket during the socket preservation grafting procedure. The patient's body uses this donor bone to completely fill the tooth socket which results in less bone loss (height and width). The socket preservation grafting procedure is done immediately after removal of a tooth. There is a waiting period of four to six months after tooth removal before a dental implant is placed into the old tooth's position.


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    Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health hygine who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
    A procedure called “socket preservation” is sometimes wanted to preserve bone and minimize bone loss adjacent to a tooth that has been removed.
    One common method is to fill the socket with bone or bone substitute and allow the bone to heal for approximately four to twelve months before implant placement.

    “Ridge modification” may be needed if you don’t have enough bone to support an implant.
    This bone loss could be caused by periodontal disease, wearing dentures, injury, or trauma.
    During this procedure, bone or bone substitute is added where needed to ensure a perfect foundation for implants.
    Your bone usually needs four to twelve months of healing time before placing implants.

    “Sinus augmentation” may be needed to place implants in the upper back jaw,
    where your bone is very close to your sinus. In this procedure,
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    After four to twelve months of healing time, you will be ready to have your implants placed.
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    A dental implant provides multiple advantages over other tooth replacement options, including:

    • Maintain the integrity of your remaining teeth.
    In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth.
    The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, is a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that the adjacent teeth be ground down to support
    the cemented bridge. When replacing multiple teeth, bridges and partial dentures rely on support from adjacent teeth, while implant supported bridges do not.

    • Maintain bone health. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, your jawbone is better preserved. Implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep your bone healthy and intact. With a bridge or denture, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth starts to deteriorate.

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