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This is the latest procedure to replace a missing tooth or teeth without disturbing the teeth next to the space. It is also a widely accepted method to stabilize dentures that do not sit very well and are difficult to adjust to. Once the implant has fused with the bone it can last indefinitely as long as proper hygiene and recall appointments with the dentist are maintained. As with any other complex dental work, treatment planning is the most crucial of all aspects of implant dentistry, which should involve medical evaluation, x rays photographs, gum analysis, study models and sometimes CAT Scans of the jaw.
The best candidates for dental implants include those patients who:
By definition, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw for the purpose of holding a replacement tooth or bridge. Gum disease, injury, or some other reason may cause a person to lose tooth/teeth. Dental implants can be a good option for such people.
Dental implants have a natural look and feel, just like one’s natural teeth. They are the ideal solution for you, if:
You can choose to have different implant options like:
Currently, two main types of dental implants are in common use: Endosteal and Sub periosteal.
Endosteal, or in-the-bone, implants are the most commonly used today and are especially useful for people with removable dentures or bridges. Each Endosteal implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. Different types of Endosteal implants include screws, cylinders, or blades that are surgically placed into the jawbone.
Sub periosteal, or on the bone, implants hold the prosthetic teeth by being placed on top of the jaw. The metal framework’s posts, used for placing the implants, protrude through the gums. Sub periosteal implants are typically recommended for people who cannot wear conventional dentures and have a minimal bone height.
Some of the advantages of dental implants that precede those offered by bride or dentures are listed here:
While a number of considerations are to be taken into account, dental implants treatment includes the following processes:
Single Tooth Replacement: one implant and a crown replace a single, missing natural tooth and its root.
Replacement of Several Teeth: Several teeth can be replaced by implant-supported full bridge/denture.
Augmentation of the Sinus: Dental implants have been difficult to place in/on the upper back jaw. Sinus augmentation raises the sinus floor and develops the jaw bone, thus helping the successful placement of implants.
Modification of the Ridge: lifting the gum from the ridge can expose the bony defect in the upper or lower jaw. Filling with bone or bone substitute makes up for this defect. This process of ridge modification helps successfully place the implant.
“Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.”