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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 a lifetime as long as proper hygiene and recall appointments with the dentist are maintained along with any periodic adjustments. 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.

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Implant Planning and Guided Surgery

Warning: “Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.” Results shown above may vary from individual to individual.
 

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

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have a natural look and feel, just like one’s natural teeth. They may be the ideal solution for you, if:

  • You have missing teeth and you feel the need to hide
  • You have difficulty in chewing
  • You feel insecure about your dentures
  • You require lasting replacement of your natural teeth

Options in Dental Implants

You can choose to have different implant options like:

  • Having one or more teeth replaced without affecting neighbouring teeth
  • Supporting a bridge and ridding of the need for a removable partial denture
  • Supporting your dentures with greater comfort and security

Dental Implant Types

Currently, two main types of dental implants are in common use: Endosteal and Sub periosteal.

 

Endosteal Implants

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.

Implants vs.Traditional Bridgework

Some of the advantages of dental implants that precede those offered by bride or dentures are listed here:

  • Dental implants aim to save existing teeth and do not need the support from neighbouring teeth.
  • Their look and feel is more natural.
  • They integrate into the bone structure, preventing bone loss and gum recession.
  • More of the natural teeth remain untouched and hence better oral health.
  • Implants do not give the disturbing clicks and wobbles associated with dentures.
  • Implant have a much higher success rate than traditional bridge and dentures.

The Process of Dental Implant Treatment

While a number of considerations are to be taken into account, dental implants treatment includes the following processes:

Warning: “Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.” Results shown above may vary from individual to individual.
 

Single Tooth Replacement :

one implant and a crown replace a single, missing natural tooth and its root.

Replacement of All Teeth :

An implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace all missing teeth along with some of the roots.

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.

Possible Complications

The following risks are listed to inform you, not alarm you. There may be other risks that are not listed.

General surgical risks:

  • Allergic reaction to the anaesthetic
  • Short-term nausea following general anaesthesia
  • Rarely, excessive bleeding from the surgical site may be life-threatening and require blood transfusion
  • Infection of the wound may require antibiotic treatment

Specific risks of implant surgery:

  • Affected sinus: The sinuses are air-filled cavities within the skill. An implant inserted into the upper jaw may contact or perforate the lining of the sinus within the bone (maxillary sinus) and cause infection (sinusitis). Antibiotics are typically used to treat the infection. Excessive bleeding from an affected sinus is rare.
  • Fractured lower jaw: Rarely, the lower jaw may break during the procedure. Specialist treatment may be necessary.
  • Damaged nerve: The inferior dental nerve runs the length of the lower jaw. An implant can damage this nerve and cause the numbness in the gums, lips, or in the skin around the mouth. In most cases, the numbness is temporary and resolves within six to 18 months. In some cases, the numbness is permanent.
  • Inhaling or swallowing equipment or parts: The patient may inhale or swallow the implant, attachments or a piece of equipment. This can cause complications such as breathing obstruction. Surgery may be needed to remove the object

Specific risks of implant treatment:

  • Speech problems: Some patients may have speech problems following the fitting of the artificial tooth. This usually resolves once the patient gets used to the altered feel of the mouth. If not, speech therapy may be recommended.
  • Gum tissue growth (hyperplasia): Gum surrounding the implant may enlarge and push above the gum line, causing redness and pain. Gum growth may be reversed with good oral hygiene or can be surgically removed.
  • Local infection: The area around the implant may become infected. If infection does not respond to antibiotics, the dentist may have to remove the implant
  • Systemic infection: In certain people, implants can lead to infection in areas other than the implant site. Infectious endocarditis is a potentially life-threatening infection of the heart. People who have undergone heart surgery are most at risk of this rare complication
  • Bone loss: In most cases, biting and chewing encourages strong bone tissue to grow around the implant. In rare cases, the implant causes bone loss, and the implant eventually becomes unstable
  • Loose implant: The implant may fail to integrate with bone, or it may become unusable with time. The implant must be removed another inserted into the jawbone nearby. Alternatively, the bone is given time to heal and another implant is inserted into the original site.
  • Loose tooth: The artificial tooth may come loose from the abutment, or the abutment may come loose from the implant. Either case requires treatment to tighten or replace the screws.
  • Tooth problems: Chipping or breakage can occur. In some cases, a new artificial tooth must be created and fitted.
Warning: “Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.” Results shown above may vary from individual to individual.
 
 
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