Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. This allows the patient to regain the ability to eat virtually anything and the confidence to appear natural with preserved facial contours.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that act as tooth root substitutes. Additional posts are attached, which provide a stable anchor for artificial replacement teeth to adhere to. These implants help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental Implant Presentation
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What Types of Prosthesis are Available?
Single Prosthesis (Crown)
A single prosthesis or crown is used to replace one missing tooth. This is completed by attaching each prosthetic tooth to its own implant.
Partial Prosthesis (Fixed Bridge)
A partial prosthesis is a fixed bridge that is used to replace two or more teeth and may require two or three implants.
Complete Dental Prosthesis (Fixed Bridge)
A complete dental prosthesis is also a fixed bridge that is used to replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a dentist.
The Surgical Procedure
In most situations dental implants require two surgical procedures. The entire procedure usually takes between six and eight months.
The first surgery involves placing implants within your jawbone. During the three to six months following surgery, the implants beneath the surface of the gums gradually bond with the jawbone. While this is happening, your dentist will be forming new replacement teeth.
The second surgery involves uncovering the implants and attaching small posts for the artificial teeth to be placed on.
Puyallup OMS uses the most recent advances in dental implant technology, allowing surgery to not require a second procedure to uncover implants. However, a minimum of six weeks is required for healing before artificial teeth are placed. In some situations, implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction.
Implants require a joint effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform the actual implant surgery, while the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and make the permanent prosthesis.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants improve the life of individuals who are missing teeth. These implants can renew self-confidence and restore peace of mind. Whatever the situation, dental implants increase the comfort of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types of Restorations?
Dentures are a common, more traditional solution for missing teeth. However, dentures sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space. They also pose an inconvenience when removing at night and to clean, not to mention the uncomfortable and embarrassing situations when dentures slip.
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
In order to receive implants, your mouth must be thoroughly examined and your medical and dental history must be reviewed. If this process reveals that you are not a candidate for implants, other ways of improving the outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft surgeries can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if properly taken care of. This means taking time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and routinely scheduling appointments with your dental specialists.