Have you experienced tooth loss? If so, you may be curious about options to replace your teeth. One such way to restore your smile is with dental implants. Dental implants are the next best thing to your original teeth to regain the functionality you once had that other methods and procedures cannot replicate.
Considering dental implants require oral surgery, it helps to know more about the procedure. If you are considering getting dental implants, then read on to determine whether they are the right choice for you or call us today.
The dental implant procedure involves installing a prosthetic tooth in the patient’s mouth to replace a missing one. An oral surgeon first implants metal frames or posts into the jawbone beneath the gums. Once the frames or post are in place, your oral surgeon then mounts prosthetic teeth on them.
Surgical Process for Dental Implants
Dental implants fuse to the jawbone, which provides a stable base of support for the implant to mimic natural teeth. This is a process known as osseointegration, in which the post fuses with living bone. The oral surgery for this process begins with the surgeon making an incision into the gums, then drilling to get to the bone of the jaw. The surgeon then screws in titanium posts or mounts and seals the gum tissue to maintain the health of the tissue.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Bridges and dentures that a dental surgeon mounts to dental implants will not slip or shift, which normally impede everyday activities like eating and talking. Thanks to the secure fit, dental implants subsequently feel like an organic part of the body, not like conventional bridges and dentures.
For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are too uncomfortable or may not even be possible (due to poor ridges, sore spots, or gagging from discomfort). A dental surgeon must attach ordinary bridges to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that the surgeon does not usually need to prepare any adjacent teeth to hold the new replacement tooth/teeth in place.
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Precautions to Dental Implants
However, not everyone can receive dental implants. Patients need to have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to create a strong base for dental implants. People who suffer from diabetes, use steroids, suffer from osteoporosis, or smoke regularly is at a greater risk of gum disease.
These conditions or life choices may exclude people from the dental implant procedure. After installing the implants, regular dental visits and meticulous oral hygiene are a must to prevent complications, like peri-implantitis.
Different Types of Dental Implants
Generally speaking, there are two categories of dental implants, endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
A dental surgeon installs endosteal implants directly into the jawbone. After the gum tissue heals, a second surgery is necessary to connect a post to the implant. Afterward, the surgeon will attach prosthetic teeth (or a single tooth) to the post-individually or together on an implant supported denture/bridge.
Subperiosteal implants differ in that a surgeon fits the metal frame onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. Once the gum tissue heals, the metal frame will affix to the jawbone. Posts that attach to the frame protrude through the gum, to which the surgeon mounts artificial teeth to the posts.
What You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Of course, the challenge with the endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants are that the surgeon must implant a post in each location of the missing teeth. For patients, this is a time-consuming process and can involve multiple trips to the oral surgeon’s office, especially if the patient loses multiple teeth. Not to mention the significant costs that comes with this type of dental care. However, there is a permanent solution that combines the permanence of traditional dental implants with lower costs and fewer trips to the office.
The All-on-Four® dental procedure fits the bill. It is a simple procedure that requires only 4 titanium posts into the upper or lower palate in order to secure the replacement teeth. The All-on-Four® procedure is an effective cross between implants and dentures. In a process that is similar to how dentures are sculpted to your mouth, an impression of your mouth is created with accurate measurements to ensure a perfect fit.
Professionals at a dental lab create new sets of teeth that secure to the gum base. Once complete, the patient returns to the office for the surgeon to implant the posts before attaching the new set of teeth. The beauty of the All-On-Four® procedure is that we can complete in just one day, leaving the office with a set of beautiful teeth that is secure.
Call us today
Now that you have read up on how dental implants, you may be considering the decision to get dental implants. If so, you need a skilled oral surgeon to ensure that your teeth are restored to their former beauty and function. Call today to find out how the All-On-Four procedure can work for you.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of What You Need to Know About Dental Implants® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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