Treatment options for replacement of missing teeth are Bridge and full or partial dentures, although they address the short term cosmetic problem of the missing teeth, they do nothing to stop the bone loss in the area of missing teeth.
Bridge requires two or more healthy teeth to be reduced in size to serve as pillars (abutments) for a Bridge, leaving them at a much greater risk for cavities and Root Canal Treatment.
With implants, the healthy teeth are not ground and they transmit the chewing forces to the jaw thereby halting bone loss.
Many leading dental organizations recognize dental implants as the standard of care for tooth replacement.
Dental Implant treatment is the replacement of missing tooth roots with supportive posts. It is usually made of titanium and can be used to replace single tooth, several teeth or for the complete reconstruction of a collapsed mouth.
Titanium is the most bio-compatible material we know and once placed, it fuses with the jaw bone in a period of 3-6 Months.
Implant treatment can be carried out in three phases:
Your doctor will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine where and how the implant should be placed.
The implant is then placed in the bone and given a period of time to heal (osseointegrate) before attachment of the crown. In some cases, you can receive a temporary crown the same day. The final crown is usually placed 3-6 months after implant placement.
Maintaining your dental hygiene is the most important role you will have to play for the long-term success of your implant. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for brushing and flossing the area and put you on a regular check-up Cycle. Given proper care, dental implants can give you a lifetime of satisfaction.
Dental implants can be placed in most adults who are in good to moderate health. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease the effectiveness of implant treatment, so be sure to discuss your full medical history with your doctor before beginning the treatment.
Every patient is different and patient results may vary. Only a trained dentist can determine the best treatment plan for you.
Replaces teeth without sacrificing quality of the adjacent teeth
Fuses to living bone for the “real-tooth feel”
Provides a reliable, long term, dental solution that can last a lifetime!
Answer: No, it is usually done under local anesthesia. Is the same anesthesia given for tooth removal and is carried out in your dentist’s clinic.
Answer: The discomfort you may feel will be minor. Medication is prescribed for two to three days after implant placement.
Answer: Usually 30 – 60 minutes, depending on the location and the number of implants.
Answer: Your dentist will outline a diet for the next few days including some soft foods.
Answer: It usually take 4 – 5 visits from consultation, implant placement till final restoration, sometimes it varies with the number of implant placed.
Answer: Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are required for long-term health and success.
Answer: It should last lifelong if cared properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.
Answer: Implants have a high success rate of 98%. Failure is minimal. If at all it fails, the implant is removed and the site is allowed to heal. Another implant is usually placed after healing.