If you are on the brink of losing one or more of your teeth, then a dental implant might be the most favorable proposition for the health of your teeth in any given instance. Surprisingly, most healthy adults are eligible for such dental implants that would allow them to eat and smile with the same fervor as before. A dental implant can be considered as one of the most practical and ergonomic solutions to the complication of falling teeth and you will find it to be the most frequent solution that is suggested by dental surgeons and specialists, to their patients. Here, you will come to learn the various aspects about dental implants and how they work, why you should choose them and what you should know about such implants, before you make the decision of choosing them.
Why choose Lasting Impressions Dental Spa?
You should consider Lasting Impressions Dental Spa for your dental implant for a variety of reasons. First of all our Dentists and specialists are highly trained and have placed thousands of implants and they only carry on procedures that they are fully comfortable with. With that said we have several specialists that are very comfortable with different treatments covering all bases. Second of all, we have the latest technology including but not limited to 3D imaging and CT scan that lets us see and plan surgery well before treatment. We can digitally perform the surgery prior to actually doing it making success one hundred percent. And last but not least, we provide 5 star VIP service to all of our clients and are available to assist you around the clock should you need it.
How do implants work?
As you might have perceived over years, a tooth consists not only of the structure that you eat and chew with but also exists with a root that goes inside the gums on the jawline. When we talk about dental implants, what we suggest as treatment is the replacement of the missing tooth in whole. This would mean a complete replacement from the root of the tooth to the crown that allows chewing and biting of food and speaking function. Currently, dental implants are believed to be the one true and authentic solution to a stable, durable and abiding dental treatment in case of multiple loss of teeth. The surgical method is carried out by placement of an implant post beneath the hems of the gums which is later filled with surgical tooth replacement once a healing period of few weeks is allowed.
What are the types of dental implants?
Since historic times, dental specialists have been making use of two types of dental implants to conduct successful dental implant surgeries. However, over the last few years, these methods have undergone a significant change in the manner of carrying them out and the tools used in delivering the surgical treatment. In the present day, these two methods go by the following name:
- Endosteal implants: Regarded as one of the most common solutions for dental implant, endosteal implants can be placed directly inside the bone of the jaw using screws, cylinders and blades. This is commonly referred as the ‘in the bone’ approach for dental implants. Within endosteal implants there are two types that surgeons place. One is Bone level the other is tissue level. Tissue level implants are not placed that much anymore because they tend to lose bone and then you can see the implant. With a Bone level implant the transition from implant to crown is at the height of the bone, well below the tissue, therefore harder for bacteria to get down there and suffer bone loss.
- Subperiosteal implants: we rarely ever do this procedure at all since there are bone grafting methods these days that almost makes subperiosteal implants obsolete. Under this method, a dental surgeon would place the implant on the bone itself and not directly in the jaw bone. Due to its limited assurance about long term viability, this method is not usually practiced by dentists but would still be a workable option in case of patients who cannot undergo an endosteal implant, owing to short bone height or if the patient is incapable to use regular dentures.
Suitability of a dental implant
As stated earlier, most healthy adults are eligible for such dental implants. Dental implants are a common solution for patients seeking to replace their missing teeth, which could have been lost owing to injuries, infections, illnesses, or other reasons. As stated earlier, a healthy adult is most commonly eligible to receive an implant. To begin with the procedure, a dentist shall perform an examination of the jaw at first to judge if the jawbone is strong enough to support an implant. Other forms of teeth replacement, such as bridges and dentures might offer an alternative means to achieve teeth replacement but come with their own share of shortcomings that might hamper the long term durability of the treatment. Hence, dental implants are the most commonly suggested treatment for patients who cannot undergo such alternatives or require a more prolonged solution.
What is the procedure involved in a dental implant?
A dental implant procedure is ideally completed in two stages. In the first stage, our experienced dental specialists will perform an implant through surgery, in which, titanium implants post shall be placed inside the jaw bone under the influence of an anesthesia. Such implantation shall be carried out under our state of the art facilities under the supervision of our most trusted surgeons.
In the second stage, the dentist will allow a time period of four to eight months to the patient, to recover and allow healing of the jaw bone and gums where surgery shall be carried out. Having used titanium implants helps in effective bone growth so that the implanted posts can integrate completely with the jaw bone. This process is known as osseointegration, after which, the implants can be restored with a surgical tooth. In this process, the implants shall be joined together with the tooth at the top. After this, the dentist will allow a further period of healing and restore the implants. This step completes the process of implantation, after which, dental implants can last for a long time, without the need to perform any maintenance or restoration.
How can you ensure better recovery after each stage of implant?
To get positive results from the implantation surgery, it is suggested to take care of these tips, which will ensure that you recover sooner from the surgery and minimize the risk of catching an infection:
- Smoking should be restricted during the implantation period and before the inception of the surgery.
- Oral care techniques should be practiced religiously but care should be taken to avoid the site of implant.
- Make use of a soft bristled brush to avoid irritating the skin around the implant site.
- Take care to eat only soft foods that would reduce the impact on the teeth.
- Gargling with warm water and salt will aid healing and reduce the discomfort around the implant site.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
The recent innovation in dental implants will help patients in more than one way. It is considered as a sophisticated alternative to other dental replacement options for the following reasons:
- Patient can get an all natural looking replacement for his tooth structure
- Ability to eat almost anything and everything as earlier, without the need to compromise on the options for fear of pain or failure of treatment.
- Promotes better oral hygiene and care.
- Patient can get better alignment of the teeth and arch correction of teeth.
- The most durable treatment option that lasts for many years with ideal oral care.
- Dental implants occupy the same space as the erstwhile tooth, ensuring that no shrinking or shifting of tooth takes place.
- Unlike other alternative tooth replacement options like dentures, where a patient has to remain conscious about losing the denture, a dental implant patient need not live in any such fear.
- Implants need not be removed ever. They are more like a permanent solution to the issue of tooth replacement and require no removal, unless there is an emergency situation.
- Dental implant solutions are usually designed in a sturdy manner, ensuring that there is not even the remotest possibility of their breakage.
- Since dental implants are the exact imitation of a real tooth, one is not likely to experience any difficulty with speaking and pronunciation.
Are there any disadvantages of dental implants?
Given the pros of dental implant solutions, one would argue that there are hardly any reasons why they could cause any disadvantage. However, on a very small scale, one should consider that implants are usually the expensive alternative to tooth replacement and dental insurance coverage is limited.
The low down: should you go for a dental implant?
Many patients who suffer from a loss of one or more teeth, often consider dental implants but continue to feel skeptical about choosing them over other alternatives. For some, cost considerations take the front seat while for others, the post treatment expectations from the treatment can put them on a spree of doubts.
If you are also flooded with such doubts and questions about the treatment, feel free to get in contact with our team and seek an answer to your questions about the treatment. Dental implants are no miracle or magic. They are the simple application of dentistry and dental knowledge for replacing a tooth in a way that it resembles its earlier occupier in much the same way so that one can avoid appearing unnatural or changed in any manner. Needless to say, a dental implant can work wonders for your teeth, if you are looking forward to improve their alignment or enhance the way that they appear by just a few notches. If you have suffered tooth loss or breakage, for any reason, dental implants can help enhance the appearance of your smile as well. Just imagine the wonders that a simple dental treatment can work for you. Although it would require investment of time and money but at the end, the whole treatment is surely worth the expenditure of both.
Have questions for us or want to book your appointment for a dental implant? Call us at (818)751-5100 today and get an examination done or book an appointment with us.
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