This video will walk you through the process of Dental Implants. This video will explain what Dental Implants are and how they are performed.
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Many people will lose their teeth for one reason or another, whether it be from trauma, fracture, decay, infection, etc… One way to replace a missing tooth, or several missing teeth, is with dental implants.
Most people, regardless of their age, are candidates for dental implant surgery. They have healthy gums and bone tissue and generally seem to be in good health.
It is important that you remember that once a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone tends shrink.
Implants must have sufficient bone support. Implant placement may be necessary for some patients who require bone augmentation or other procedures like sinus lifts.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a fixture which replaces the tooth’s natural root and anchors the artificial tooth to the jaw bone. Implants are usually made from biocompatible titanium alloy. They are somewhat similar to a screw. The implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Later, a crown is attached to it.
This procedure can be done anywhere.
General dentists are well-equipped to place dental implant. Periodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and other dental specialists may also perform dental implants surgeries.
How to place dental implants
• After careful examination of your mouth, xrays of the affected area, your dentist will discuss your options, and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. A Cone Beam Computerized Tomogram (or CBCT) is a more detailed xray that dentists may request. This will help them with several surgical considerations, such as the position and size of implants, location of important anatomical structures, distance between adjacent teeth, ect….
It is relatively easy to perform an implant surgery to replace a single teeth. A small incision is typically made in the gum, and a series of drills are used for the osteotomy, which is a technical word for “hole in the bone”. The titanium implant is then placed by being physically threaded in place just like a screw.
Patients who have had successful surgery for one or more dental implants experience minimal to no pain and discomfort. If the procedure was more complex or involved, or if multiple implants were required, or if other procedures, such as a sinus lift or bone-augmentation, were performed, you can expect more discomfort and inflammation.
After any procedure, there are always risks of infection and swelling. Talk to your dentist about any other potential risks that may be associated with your case.
Osseointegration is a type of fusion between the bone and the titanium implant. New bone is placed directly on top of the implant surface. This process greatly improves mechanical stability and long-term success.
If the implant is covered by gum tissue, it may be necessary to perform secondary surgery.
A dental laboratory takes an impression of the teeth and determines where they are to be placed. The crown is then fabricated. Most commonly, it is made of porcelain, zirconia or porcelain fused with metal. The crown is cemented to a screw-retained attachment or attached to the implant. Implant-supported bridges or dentures may be made for multiple missing teeth.
Care for your implant
It is crucial to maintain your teeth, gums and implants by practicing good oral hygiene at home. Home care can be achieved with devices such as waterpiks or electric toothbrushes. It is important to make regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and checkups.
Unlike your natural teeth, dental implants cannot develop decay. Implants can, however, still fail. Implant failure can be caused by occlusal trauma (which means that the bite forces are too high on the implant), or other traumas. Implant failure can also be caused by infection or inflammation of bone and gums around the implant. Sometimes, this is called Peri-Implanttitis.