Implant Information - multiple appointments are needed. Dentist will provide treatment plan.
Cost is based on a single implant.
Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss -- mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Most dental implants are made of titanium, which allows them to integrate with bone without being recognized as a foreign object in our body. Over time, technology and science have progressed to greatly improve the outcomes of dental implant placement. Today, the success rate for dental implants is close to 98%.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
o Improved appearance.
o Improved speech.
o Improved comfort.
o Easier eating.
o Improved self-esteem.
o Improved oral health.
What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan to address the patient’s specific needs
Next, the tooth root implant is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process will normally take from three to six months. This assumes that no additional work is required. If there is insufficient bone structure to secure the post, bone grafting may be required. If this is the case, an additional three months will be needed before the post can be inserted.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post -- called an abutment -- is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support either a permanent or a removable denture.
Your dentist also will match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.
How Painful Are Dental Implants?
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.
After the dental implant, mild soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
Implants After Extractions:
It must be remembered that an important factor in the creation of primary implant stability is achieved by close contact between the implant and the bone tissue. That is why it is necessary to provide bone tissue in sufficient quantity.
Many doctors think that there should pass 3-4 months between tooth extraction and implant placement. Some doctors believe that it's enough to wait only soft tissue healing. Others believe that implant placement can be made immediately after tooth extraction. In the latter case, the doctor has to make sure that there is no infection in the periapical zone. A sufficient amount of bone (about 5 mm) in the apical area of the hole also provides a good primary stability and protects any damage in the mandibular canal. Immediate implant placement is best suited for single-rooted teeth replacement rather multi-rooted, because in the last case it is difficult to achieve proper implant - bone contact