A dental implant is an artificial tooth constructed out of titanium which is inserted in an empty space after the patient has lost one or a few teeth after some oral gum disease or accident. A big advantage of dental implants is that they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support and are a separate natural tooth on its own.
You won’t even know the difference between a real tooth and an implant, unless you chew. Dental implants are said to be much better, natural and secure than teeth dentures. Most people feel insecure or lack self-esteem since they cannot speak or smile openly, clearly and confidently when present in a social setting. People even with dentures feel insecure since they are not permanently intact with your gums and removing them while eating or amongst a group of people can be very unattractive, messy and embarrassing. Compared to dentures, dental implants are very firm and solid and look as natural as they can.
Getting dental implants will allow you to smile as openly and as confidently as you can. With the help of a good orthodontist and regular maintenance and care, dental implants can last a life time. So if you worry about a tooth missing, worry no more, get this easy and simple procedure done that will definitely last an eternity.
The implantation procedure
The dental implant is a simple procedure. The dental implant is made out of pure titanium and there are grades of titanium teeth present, ranging from 1 to 5; 5 being the most pure form of titanium. Often dental implants are sprayed with substances that increase its surface area, and also the potential of acceptability of these teeth by the bone present in the gum.
The most widely used type of dental implant is of range 5 titanium. Now what happens in a dental implant? Firstly and fore mostly, a dental professional team create an individualized plan for the patients that cater to every possible need of the patient. After that, the very first step is to insert a titanium dental implant into the place where the teeth is missing. This titanium dental implant is fixed into the bone of the gum after which the orthodontist gives the patient a healing time of up to 18 weeks. During this time period the gum and the bone attaches it and grows around the titanium dental implant. After this implant has heeled properly, a crown is placed over it which easily attaches itself to the titanium support.
The crown is constructed from scratch according to the shape and size of the gum, after taking impressions of the patient’s teeth. The crown is even made in the same color as the rest of your teeth so as to give it the most natural look. From a distance, one cannot identity the difference between you natural teeth and a dental implant. Dental implants are to be treated exactly like your own teeth. All they need is regular brushing and flossing and a monthly trip to the dentist for a regular checkup.
So how was this amazing invention created? Like all other inventions, this too was an accident. Dental implants were first constructed in 1952; hence it is a recent development. It was developed in the lab of a town called Lund, situated in Sweden. The creator of this amazing invention is Professor Per-Ingvar Branemark. The dental implant was accidently created in a bone grafting experiment. During his experiment he observed that the titanium used in the experiment had instantly bonded with the living bone tissue, showing an immensely high rate of acceptability. The professor further studied this process and claimed that the possibility of rejection by body tissue or inflammation of the body tissue was close to zero and could be used to replace teeth. He named the process of attaching a bone to a titanium implant, osseointegration. This term is still medically used in the field of science. Hence dental implants were then structured out of titanium and were from then onwards used to replace missing teeth. The first patient who underwent the dental implantation procedure was a patient in 1965 and showed 100% success.
Advantages of dental implants
Dental implants should be considered by people who are missing one tooth or a number of teeth due to several reasons. Dental implants help increase comfort and convenience while chewing and eating. They provide confidence and boost a person’s ability to smile and speak clearly hence enhancing his or her self esteem. Furthermore, they increase a person’s overall oral hygiene, since an exposed gum due to a missing tooth is more prone to infections and germs.
Types of dental implants
More recently there has also been a further development in dental implants. Previously implants could only be attached in the bone present inside the gum. This is known as endosteal. A new procedure is now present, in which the dental implant can also be attached on the bone rather than attaching it inside the bone. This type of dental implant is known as subperiosteal. This type of procedure is best for patients who have minimal bone height and cannot support dental implants within the bone.
Who can get a dental implant?
Dental implants are most feasible and suitable for those who are in good oral health. For this patient’s need a proper analysis and examination of their gums and teeth. Furthermore, patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart/lung related diseases should refrain from getting dental implants. Also, the orthodontist needs to make sure that there is sufficient bone present in the gum to hold and support the implant. Lastly, gum tissues need to be studied and analyzed for any problems.
After a dental implant, your dentist usually provides you with an after-care plan as to what you should do with your brand new teeth. Your dental implants require the same amount of care as your natural teeth do. Regular flossing and brushing and visits to the dentists should be sufficient.
Dental Implants Appointments
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone to replace a damaged or missing tooth. Titanium implants were pioneered in Sweden about 40 years ago. The popularity of dental implants has risen markedly during the last few years as more and more people start to understand their benefit. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants do not decay or break easily. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. The process of having dental implants requires a minimum of 4 visits to the implant clinic.
The first appointment is the initial assessment to see if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. The implant surgeon will carry out a thorough check of your dental health, record the problems present and note any areas of concern. It is a very important part of the treatment process; the plan for the whole treatment will be decided and discussed during this appointment. During the appointment it may be required to take radiographs or CT scans to ascertain if there is sufficient bone present to support the dental implants. A detailed print out report is given to you showing what treatment is proposed and the alternatives of treatment other than dental implants. Within this treatment plan a seperate document will outline the possible risks involved with treatment. The plan will outline how many appointments will be needed and the overall cost of the treatment.
The implant surgery is carried out at this appointment. In some cases it may be possible to remove a broken or damaged tooth and replace it with a dental implant on the same day. The surgery can be carried out under local anesthesia or sedation. The surgery usually takes about 1 hour to place a single dental implant. After the surgery, the implant is left for a minimum of three months before impressions can be taken for a final porcelain crown.
After the healing period the dental implant will have fused with the surrounding bone and become integrated into the jaw. At this stage the implant will be very securely held in the jawbone and will be ready for supporting a single crown, bridge or denture. Impressions are taken of the healed implant and surrounding gum tissues. Once this is completed the laboratory will make the final porcelain crowns on the implants.
The final appointment is usually when the final porcelain crown, bridge or denture is attached to the dental implant. The whole process of the implant treatment will take about 4-6 months to complete. During the treatment time it is possible to have a replacement tooth while the implant is healing. The replacement tooth could be in the form of a denture or provisional crown.
Teeth-on-4 is a revolutionary new procedure that allows you to replace a full upper or lower arch of teeth using only four implants. The Teeth-on-4 procedure was designed to provide you with a permanent alternative to dentures. During the procedure, your dentist will place four implants into the jawbone: two in the front and two in the back. The rear implants are inserted at a 45 degree angle, allowing them to make maximum use of the existing bone. These angulated implants at the back make it possible for people to qualify for dental implants, even if it was previously believed that they did not have enough available bone tissue to support them. The implants are also designed to be immediate loading, which means, in most cases, you can leave with a temporary bridge the same day the implants are placed.
Advantages of Teeth-on-4 Dental Implants
– Available to some patients who didn’t previously qualify for dental implants
– Permanent solution to removable dentures
– Immediate Loading Dental Implants – have new teeth the same day
– Prevents further bone loss
– More comfortable than dentures
– Stronger than dentures
– As easy to maintain as real teeth
– Won’t come out of your mouth at awkward times
– Eat foods you have given up due to dentures, like corn on the cob.