Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

The dental implants are root-like posts made of titanium, which are inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing teeth. They act as tooth root substitutes.

Once inserted, implant becomes directly attached to vital bone, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which serve as anchors to which the replacement teeth are fixed.

Dental implants are highly successful and help in preserving facial structure, and preventing the bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing. They give the person who lost the natural teeth the ability to chew normally and efficiently.

Equally or even more important, they help restore the speech and aesthetics and give back patients with dental implants ability to smile again with confidence. 

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Why dental implants?

There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:

Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is, as depicted in this drawing by the famous artist, Leonardo Da Vinci. 

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Once you start chewing on a crowns supported by implants, this bone shrinkage is arrested and the newly acquired crowns support your cheeks and your lips.

There are no loose parts in the implant supported crown or bridge, and no need to worry about losing them. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. 

Are dental implants for me?

When teeth are missing, the traditional means of replacing them has been bridges or dentures. While these are practical restorations, there are disadvantages to them.

Bridges require preparation of the teeth adjacent to the area missing a tooth. This may mean damaging otherwise sound teeth.

If you are missing one or more of your permanent teeth, dental implants will help you regain the ability to smile confidently.

Dentures may not look completely natural, they are not stable and some patients have difficulty wearing them, especially on the lower jaw.

If you wear a removable partial or complete denture, and you are tired of the loose dentures and sore gums while chewing; dental implants will bring you the ability and confidence to smile, speak and chew effectively.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.

 

  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak confidently without the worry that your teeth might slip.

 

  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.

 

  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.

 

  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.

 

  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health.

 

  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

 

  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.

 

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 implants can last a lifetime.

Are Dental Implants a New Procedure?

No, quite the contrary, the implants we use today have been developed and perfected for the past 50 years. Implant procedures have become the professional standard of care.

What About Rejection or Infection?

Implants are made from biocompatible materials (titanium) - material our bodies do not consider foreign and therefore, no rejection occurs.

There is no known case of allergy to titanium.

The possibility of an infection occurring around healed dental implants is the same as that for natural teeth. Same as with natural teeth, you must practice good oral hygiene to keep the tissues healthy.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant.

Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders - such as diabetes or heart disease - or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

Is old age a problem?

Your health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Your surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Treatment time for surgical placement of implants and healing depends on the location in the mouth, the type and the number of implants placed.

In unique cases, the implants and the crown can be placed the same day!

However, most often the implants will require between 2-3 months to heal completely. During the healing phase, temporary teeth are placed to provide the best esthetic appearance possible.

Is the treatment painful?

There is no pain at all during the surgical procedure. With any surgery, there can be some discomfort after the procedure. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.

It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues, but usually the discomfort, if any, is easily treated with an ordinary painkiller.

Your surgeon will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur.

What is the Procedure for Having Implants Placed?

A sample implant timeline is indicated below. Your actual timeline may vary depending on the complexity of your treatment.

Implant Evaluation

This portion of your implant treatment consists of a detailed consultation and the development of a treatment plan. Thorough medical history is important to determine whether there are any conditions that could affect the outcome of treatment, such as diabetes, allergies, or bleeding problems.

Radiographs are taken, and serve to help us evaluate the current quality and quantity of existing bone. This information assists us in determining the proper placement of implants, and the length of time required for healing.

After your comprehensive clinical and radiographic examination Mr. Grubor will coordinate the treatment plan with your restorative dentist. You are then ready to begin your first phase of treatment. 

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Treatment Phase 1

In the first procedure, implants are placed in the jawbone and are covered over with the gum tissue. 

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If the patient’s bone provides adequate stability, sometimes implants can be restored immediately! 

Most often the bone requires 2-3 months to achieve adequate implant stability. Detailed instructions will be provided for you on how to care for your mouth following surgery.

Treatment Phase 2

After the implants have fused to the bone, the healing abutments are attached to implants. The abutment projects up through the gum tissue. Your temporary dentures are modified to accommodate the healing abutments. 

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Treatment Phase 3

Approximately two weeks after surgery, the gum tissue surrounding the abutment should have healed enough for your restorative dentist to begin fabricating your final teeth replacement. 

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Follow Up

After your restorative dentist places the final prosthesis, we or your dentist will see you for routine check-ups once a year thereafter. Of course, we are always available anytime you need us. 

How will dental implants affect my life?

Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Will People Know I Have Implants?

Not unless you tell them. Since the prosthesis (replacement teeth) covers the implant posts, no implant components can be detected.

However, many patients tell their friends that they have dental implants, because of the benefits they receive from having them in place.

Will my new teeth look natural?

When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. 

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Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?

Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth. 

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How will I care for my dental implants?

Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised. 


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