Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the sleep disorders treated by a sleep dentist. This condition causes the patient to stop breathing periodically during the night due to physical inhibitions in the air passages. To diagnose the condition, the sleep dentist will evaluate the signs and symptoms and conduct tests and examinations. This article…
Qualifying Factors for Dental Implants Surgery
As a technology, dental implants have changed the entire conversation around tooth loss for the next generation. While there was a time when losing a tooth involved replacing them with archaic technologies like bridges and dentures, the advent of dental implants has changed all of that. Today, we can replace not just the surface tooth area, also known as the crown, but the root itself is being substituted by a titanium device known as a dental implants. Dental implants' popularity has led to a rise in the number of patients requesting information about it. Most want to know how the process works, what is entailed in getting a dental implant, and most importantly for some, if they are eligible to get a dental implant. From the onset, we know that everyone is eligible to get dental implants, as it is one of those advancements that can positively affect virtually anyone. The caveat to this is that placing dental implants involves a surgical procedure, which is performed by a skilled periodontist or oral surgeon, and so you will need to be healthy enough for this procedure. There is also a small, but important, number of conditions that may preclude you from getting dental implants right away. These conditions typically are ones that can restrict or prevent the bone from properly fusing with the implants once they are placed and can risk the entire purpose of getting an implant. Some of these conditions include people with heavy diabetes not properly controlled, patients who have periodontal disease, patients who are getting radiation treatment for cancer, and people who have a heavy addiction to cigarettes or alcohol.
We know dental implants are going to be successful. From studies, it has been found that the success rate of dental implants hovers somewhere between 94 percent and 98 percent, which is extremely good, even on the conservative side. But that is not why we are so sure that dental implants will be successful. We are sure because of the preparation and processes we do to make sure you are ready for implants. We want you to measure your implant success in decades, not just years, and so we will start each implant process with a complete examination. This examination uses x-rays and a CT scan to tell us the condition of your bone and whether or not you need a bone graft to ensure that it is strong enough for the implant. The jawbone has to be strong enough to sustain and support the implant.
For some patients, they already have the needed bone density, and so we can proceed directly to what is known as an immediate implant placement. For other patients, we need to do an alveolar bone graft to sure up the bone, give it more density, and provide a way for the implant to be absolutely secure. An onlay bone graft takes a piece of jawbone and implants it, creating a block of extremely strong jawbone into which we can then place an implant securely. Healing after the graft takes around six months.