Implants have been used to support dental prostheses for many decades, but they have not always enjoyed a favourable reputation. This situation has changed dramatically with the development of endosseous osseointegrated dental implants.
They are the nearest equivalent replacement to the natural tooth, and are therefore a useful addition in the management of patients who have missing teeth because of disease, trauma or developmental anomalies. There are a number of dental implant systems which offer predictable long-term results backed by good scientific research and clinical trials. In the first place it may be helpful to clarify some of the commonly used terms in implant dentistry.
What is the dental implant?
The implants are made of a variety of materials such as titanium, zirconia and ceramics. Titanium is the most preferred and suggested material with benefits like it being biocompatible.
The implant used in the treatment of missing teeth is placed into the jawbone and acts like a tooth root. Thus we perform your treatment without damaging to firm teeth located next to the missing teeth, which means without cutting or shaving any tooth.
Zirconium Implant: are produced in order to increase the resistance of titanium implants and generally used for raising the endurance in the narrow jawbone. There is no difference from titanium except durability.
To replace the tooth, the dentist first replaces a dental implant fixture to create a root.
Time is allowed for the bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone fuses with the implant, creating a strong foundation for artificial tooth. A support post (abutment) is then placed onto the implant and a new tooth (crown) is attached on top of the abutment.
Who is a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment?
Dental implants are probably the best treatment choice for you if you need to repair a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are so strongly fixed to your jaw that they are exactly felt like real teeth. Not only that but they look like real teeth too. This is why that treatment is chosen by so many instead of other tooth replacement treatments such as dentures.
The main requirements for ideal candidate include:
A sufficient amount of jawbone
The dental implant will be inserted into the jawbone. If there is no enough jawbone or the structure of the bones has weakened then there will not be sufficient support for the implant. If it is apparent that your bone isn’t strong enough for the implants after your dental examination then there are some special procedures you can choose to rebuild your bone to a point that it will take the implant.
You gums should be healthy to be able to settle the implants providing strength and support. However, if your gums are not healthy it is not a lost cause. It is generally your teeth that give you gum disease.
If you want to have all of your teeth replaced by dental implants (full dental implants) then all teeth you have will be extracted first. That extraction of all teeth can solve the problem of gum disease. That extraction of all teeth can solve the problem of gum disease. After being removed all your teeth, your gums will heal and become healthy again. Afterward you will have no obstacle for being a good candidate for dental implants.
After your treatment is done, you need to be confident for taking care of your dental implants. This includes brushing-flossing every day and regular check-ups -visits to your dentist. Once your treatments is done, if you still have bad habits that affect you dental hygiene you should reflect carefully whether to go for that treatment or not.
*Need A Dental Implant but Not Enough Bone?
What if you don’t have enough jaw bone? Are you in two minds about dentures or is there another option? Here’s what you need to know.
It is obvious that you can lose your jawbones after extraction of one or several teeth. Wearing dentures, over time, can make this process worse. That is why people have worn dentures for long times have smaller jaws than normal and shrunken face appearance.
A bone graft is a procedure to equalize the bone tissue in a jaw. Bone grafting is generally recommended if a patient has had a traumatic injury to the jaw, or if they have widely tooth decay. In these circumstances, bone tissue may have been lost due to corruption. If you have a deteriorated jawbone, the pressure due to chewing can damage the dental implant and increase the risk of dental implant failure. When your dentist detects that there is not sufficient bone tissue to support the dental implants, you will be recommended to have bone graft done.
Normally the bone graft process involves taking a piece of bone from another part of the patient’s jaw or body and transplanting it into the jawbone. There are some alternative ways today such as removing bone from a cadaver source or an animal source to replace the missing bone. After this process, it may take a couple months for the transplanted bone to heal enough new bone to support the actual placement of a dental implant.
A sinus lift, also known as sinus augmentation, is a technique that makes the treatment easier to insert the dental implants. Some patients require dental implants but have a problem regarding bone losing therefore they don’t have enough bone support for implants. By having a sinus augmentation, you can get the help you need. This process augments the amount of bone in the upper jaw that is required for dental implants. This is one of the most common bone grafting procedures done by patients who suffered bone loss.
Here are some of the most common types of sinus lift techniques:
-Bone from your own body (autogenous bone); it is generally taken from other areas of your mouth or body.
-Bone from a cadaver (allogenic bone)
-A synthetic bone-like material
The sinus lift procedure is a risk-free and basic procedure.
The whole process takes between 1 and two hours. Firstly, the patient’s jaw is numbed by local and/or general anaesthesia. Secondly, the dentist or surgeon will cut the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be to expose the jawbone. With the tissue augmented and the jawbone exposed, the dentist can create a small hole in the bone from which they will kindly push on the membrane of the sinuses with the tissue augmented and the jawbone exposed. After the bony piece is raised into the sinus cavity space, the hole will be filled with the bone graft which can be taken from other are of the body. After this is done, the procedure will be finished and the dentist will stitch the incision to cover it.
· After Sinus Lifting Process and Recovery
After the sinus lift is done, most patients can experience a little swelling and bleeding, but only minimal level. The most considerable part of healing is keeping the bone graft in place, so it’s important to avoid blowing your nose (or sneezing, if possible). These things could let the bone-graft material move and loosen the stitches. In case of these circumstances you had better get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible. All the essential medicines such as painkiller, antibiotic, and/or antimicrobial mouthwash will be given by your dentist to help prevent any infection. A full recovery from a sinus lift surgery takes at least 5-6 months and after that span the bones should be checked whether they are strong enough to support dental implants. Despite the fact that the entire treatment might take lots of time, but you need to consider that you are working towards the results that will last a lifetime.
Dental Implants Passports
A dental implant passport is valid worldwide and is a recognized medical document given to the patient who has received single or multiple dental implants. It warranties the origins of the products and its traceability. It provides all the details regarding dental implants in your mouth to any dentist at any time.
The manufacturer’s dental implant guaranty is for lifetime if the patient follows oral hygiene instructions and performs regular check-ups at our clinic.
What Can I Expect After the Implant?
Dental implant surgery is highly safe, and most people do not have any problem about implants. Also some believe that implant process is easier than tooth extraction. However, it is important to point out that you may have side effects.
Pain and soreness are the most common side effects. The anaesthesia that is used during the surgery will numb the pain. But after effect of injection is gone, you will likely experience pain and it might last a few days more after surgery. In most cases, over-the-counter medications can put you in ease.
Your dentist will warn you not to use Aspirin after your surgery. The reason is that that medicine can increase the risk of bleeding. Your dentist can also prescribe you some medications, which may be more effective than over-the-counter medications.
The second common side effect, which is swelling, is a natural reaction to surgery. Swelling is most likely to emerge around the implant where is located. Swelling will typically go away on its own in a week. Using ice will help reduce swelling.
You may also notice bruising on your cheeks after surgery. Get in touch with your dentist about how you can avoid potential complications from dental implant surgery. Serious complications are extremely unusual to experience but it is better to be aware and they have to be treated as soon as possible under these cases. An infection has to be completely treated because it can develop and diffuse to other parts of the body.
What can I eat after dental implant surgery?
You have to avoid eating hot and spicy foods after your surgery. Hot and spicy foods can damage the incision site. You will also need to stay away from smoking and consuming alcohol. If you consume alcohol, then healing process will be extended. Furthermore, you will have to avoid eating chewy or sticky foods. These foods can lead discomfort due to requiring lots of chewing.
After your implant surgery is done, you will feel sensitivity and soreness on your teeth and jaw. That is the reason why it is important to stick to a soft-food diet for the first 24 hours after surgery.
The following foods can help you about what you should eat:
Smoothies — smoothies are filling, nutritious, and easy to pack with essential vitamins for restored energy.
Cold soups — although it’s essential to avoid hot foods and liquids, you can enjoy cold soups such as gazpacho and more.
Applesauce — you won’t be able to bite into an apple at this point in your treatment, but applesauce can provide many of the same nutrients without harming your implant.
In case of drinking liquids, using a straw puts pressure on your implant and can interfere with the healing process. So you will extremely need to avoid using straw
How painful are dental implants?
Firstly, let us mention about steps of a dental implant surgery:
Step 1: Your gums will be numbed by local anaesthesia. The treatment will not be started till your gums and jawbones are totally numbed.
Step 2: A space will created by drilling in jaw bone to locate the dental implant.
Step 3: After the implant is inserted and secured, a healing cap will be placed on top to keep it safe while your gums are healed for the next few months.
What you need to care is first step of the process; your gums will be numbed with local anaesthesia. This is going to be an answer that question.
Local anaesthesia numbs the nerves surrounding the dental implant area which means you are awake during the surgery. You don’t feel any pain during the surgery, especially if it is done with healthy tissue. You might feel pressure while surgery goes on, but it will not cause you discomfort. Also for patients who are anxious, they can be put on by sedation.
How long do dental implants last?
The implant itself will last a lifetime if the patient has daily dental check-ups and properly cares for the implants with flossing and brushing. On the other hand the crown located onto the implant is expected to last 15 to 20 years before it needs to be replaced due to normal wear. So, a good dental hygiene will help you live longer than 15 years. The location of a dental implant in the mouth is also a factor in its probable longevity. The chewing puts more pressure on the implants in the back of the mouth. This increases the chances of the implant failing faster than implants placed near the front of the mouth.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
The dental implants treatment is divided into four stages, each of which determines the duration of your treatment.
An initial consultation with one of our experienced team member is the first step of process. You will be able to address any questions or concerns you might have regarding your oral health, the stages of care, what to expect in the process and the outcomes you plan to achieve throughout this consultation. Once it has been decided that dental implants are the best choice for you, your appointment for the surgery and treatment plan will arranged. The procedure will be explained in detail to you during your appointment and our patients will be in control of their dental implant treatments at Venedik Dental Clinic.
Following your initial appointment, you will be scheduled for dental surgery. If you still have some damaged teeth, they will first need to be removed. Your dental surgeon will determine your entire jawbone during your surgery, paying close attention to the region where the implant will be positioned. A bone graft may be needed in some cases if your jawbones are not enough strong. After dental surgeon assessed your jawbone, the implant root will be located. During the procedure, your gums will be numbed by local anesthetic. You will be awake during the process, despite you may feel the pressure on your jawbone you will be unable to feel any pain. Once your dental surgeon is sure that the implant is located properly for you, your gums will be stitched up to close the incision for the healing process starts. A single implant takes about an hour to embed so the more implants you have, the longer the procedure will take.
Your dental crown will not be installed at the same day as the dental implant root is embedded. The process of the jawbone fusing with the implant root, known as osseointegration, must first take place. Titanium is the chosen material for artificial roots because of its natural properties, which allow for a high osseointegration success rate. Every patient who gets dental implants done may have different experience about the process and timescale for healing. A single implant usually takes 6-12 weeks to fully recover. Your new artificial tooth will fuse with your jawbone and become stronger throughout this time. While you wait for the fusion time of your dental implant, you will be fitted with a temporary denture if your jawbones allow that. But what we suggest is that you should not use any denture until a dental crown places onto the implant because a denture can put pressure and damage the implants in your jawbones.
After the fusion process of implants with jawbone is complete and your dentist is satisfied that your gums have healed properly, a dental crown will be prepared and fitted. Once you have been fitted with your new dental crown, your dentist will give some advices for best dental care. You should schedule regular check-ups and hygienist appointments to help care for your new implant, just as you would for your natural teeth.
Which one is better, dentures or dental implants?
Dentures are removable appliances for your mouth. They are used to replace missing teeth as well as some gum tissue. A pink gum-colored acrylic base is used to make dentures. This base supports the denture. A lightweight metal structure may be used in some dentures to provide extra strength and support.
-They cost less than dental implants.
– Patients who have lost bone and gum tissue may benefit from dentures.
– You won’t need to be anesthetized or get drilled into your bone because the procedure for having dentures is non-invasive.
– Any denture damage can be easily repaired or changed.
-They might slip out while eating or speaking without adhesive.
– Speech and food taste may be affected by dentures.
– Dentures can take some to get used and can be uncomfortable at first, particularly the first few days. Increased salivation, trouble chewing, and difficulty speaking are all possible symptoms.
– Dentures can cause you sore gums, require frequent cleaning, and deteriorate the bone underneath your dentures.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. Dental implant is an artificial tooth’s root and acts as natural as normal tooth.
This is a long-term substitute for a missing tooth or teeth.
– Dental implants are extremely successful–they have a success rate of over 95%!
– Implants have been shown to last more than 20 years in studies.
-Implants act just like regular teeth and enable the bone to continue to develop.
– Implants help to keep the facial structure and jaw bones in good shape.
-They are more expensive than dentures.
– Dental implants require healthy bones and gums to properly locate to the jaw, so not everyone is a candidate.
Now you have knowledge about advantages and disadvantages of dentures and dental implants. What we recommend to replace a single or multiple teeth is choosing the dental implant process.
You should have all the information you need to make an informed decision about which option to choose. However, with so much at stake, such as your physical health and self-esteem, we suggest you speak with your dentist before making a decision.
How Will Dental Implants Affect My Life?
You might be wondering what the typical recovery time will be like. You should know that the recovery time varies depending on the patient and depends on the number of teeth affected. If your treatment is simple which means that no need grafting or sinus lifting, there will be no discomfort or inflammation after the operation. You will resume your daily routine after 7 or 10 days. To be more specific, you are free to eat whatever you want and talk freely.
There are some instructions you need to follow otherwise they can ruin your post-operative recovery. You have to stay away from smoking and alcohol. It does not matter even if you’re a heavy smoker or addicted to the alcohol, you will go back to your normal life as soon as possible in case of following the rules.
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