What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement of an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a bridge or a replacement tooth. Dental implants are an option for those who have lost a tooth/teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, an injury, or some other reason.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth.
- Improved speech. With dentures, the teeth can slip. With a dental implant you can speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort.Implants eliminate the discomfort of every type of dentures.
- Easier eating. Because they function like your own teeth, you can eat your favorite food any time of a day.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Protect your healthy teeth. Placing a tooth-supported bridge requires grinding away the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thereby damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. The modified healthy teeth are attached to, and support, the bridge. Dental implants go in the jawbone, in the spot where your missing tooth root was, without impacting healthy teeth. They also help prevent healthy, adjacent teeth from shifting as they would if an empty space were left for an extended period of time.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Before the Procedure
Candidacy for dental implant greatly depends upon the oral health and overall health of the patient. Considerations include:
- Current medications
- Autoimmune diseases and other medical conditions
- Health and density of the jawbone where the implants are to be placed
- Periodontal, or gum, health
After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine whether dental implants are the best option to replace your missing teeth. In some cases in which job bone density is poor, a bone graft can improve candidacy for dental implant placement. Likewise if a patient suffers from gum disease, periodontal therapy may improve the patient’s candidacy for implants.
Temporary Side Effects
A dental implant procedure has become almost painless. Here is what temporary side effects could occur:
- Soft Pain
- Light Bleeding
- Eating and Drinking. Continually drink water after implant surgery.For 12 to 24 hours eat soft foods.
- Oral Hygiene. You may be given a special oral rinse to use twice a day after your procedure.Brush your teeth normally, taking special care to be very gentle at the surgical site for the first few days. Remember: A clean mouth will heal faster!
- Avoid alcohol and smoking completely during the healing process!
- If you are prescribed antibiotics, take all of the pills as prescribed; finish the medication to reduce risk of infection.
How do I care for my Dental Implants?
Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and maintain regular dental cleanings and check-ups, as scheduled. Additional cleaning aids also may be recommended to help you keep your teeth healthy at home.
As is the case with natural teeth, you and your dentist must work as a team to ensure the longevity of your dental implant. While replacement teeth can’t get cavities, they are subject to the same wear-and-tear as natural teeth. Well-placed and cared for dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants have been in use for more than 30 years.
Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body. The process, known as osseointegration, gives teeth replaced using implants the stability and strength to support replacement teeth, withstand daily use, and function like regular teeth.
Dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry when performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist. A dental implant is the strongest device available to support replacement teeth, and it allows your replacement teeth to feel, look and work naturally. In addition, dental implants are the only restoration method that stimulates your natural bone underneath the missing tooth.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, probably so! Nearly anyone in good health whose jaw has finished growing is a candidate, whether they were simply born without a tooth or lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, gum (periodontal) disease, infection or another reason. Dental implants also are a great option for patients who don’t want the drawbacks of, or can no longer wear, removable dentures.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to see a dental implant expert. Be sure to mention if you are a smoker, any medical conditions you have, and any over-the-counter and prescription medications you take.
How successful are Dental Implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.
Types of Dental Implants are Available in Our Clinic
The dental implant, are typically made of titanium. Because it is placed in the jawbone and fuses, or integrates with, your natural bone, the dental implant forms the stable and sturdy base for your replacement teeth.
In our dental clinic you can find several types of dental implants including:
Alpha Bio System. Alpha-Bio’s implant systems are designed and developed with simplicity, quality and ease-of-use in mind.This system covers all clinical cases, from the simplest to the most complex, so that each physician can find the precise and most convenient implant to work with.
By choosing Alpha Bio System you can start your prosthetics in about 3 months after the surgery.
Megagen System. It is the first implant system to introduce the concept of progressive thread design. It’s a game changer! Advanced coronal design allows maximum cortical bone preservation around implants. Beyond osseointegration, it can assure a beautiful gingival line. By choosing Megagen System you can start your prosthetics in about 2 months after the surgery.
MIS System. MIS offers a complete range of premium quality dental implants, superstructures, tools and kits, regenerative solutions and digital dentistry. Distributed in over 65 countries, MIS provides unparalleled service to our customers.MIS is deeply committed to the values of quality, service, agility and innovation, integrity and caring.
By choosing MIS System you can start your prosthetics in about 2 months after the surgery.
Straumann System. The Straumann Group is a global leader in implant, restorative and regenerative dentistry. Straumann’s success has been built on simplicity, versatility, predictability and reliabilit. With Straumann’s roots in Swiss precision engineering and clinical excellence, the company has pioneered many of the most influential technologies and techniques.
By choosing MIS System you can start your prosthetics in about 1 month after the surgery.
If you have questions about dental implant surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.