Dental Implants

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The Dental Implants Procedure

First, your damaged tooth will be removed. Then the jawbone will be prepared for the surgical Dental Implant Procedure. Once your jaw has healed, the surgeon will place the metal post implant in the bone. There will be another period allowed for healing that may take several months, after which time the oral surgeon will place the abutment. Once the soft tissues have healed, the dentist will create a mold of your teeth and jaw. Later, he or she will place the replacement tooth.

Installing The Implant

During your Dental Implant Procedure, your oral surgeon will perform a standard incision, incising the gum tissue and exposing the bone. Then, small pilot holes are drilled in the jaw bone. Your dental implant will be inserted in these holes for permanent placement.

Allowing Time For Bone Growth

Because bone is among the hardest and slowest growing tissues of the body, it will take some time for the bone surrounding the implant to heal and grow into place. Before your Dental Implant Procedure can be completed, the bone of your jaw must be in good condition. As osseointegration proceeds, your jaw bone will unite with the specialized surface of your dental implant. This is a long process and can take several months. During this time, you will need to take special eating precautions and be meticulous with your daily oral hygiene. Once the process of osseointegration is sufficiently complete, your oral surgeon or dentist will place the abutment.

Aftercare

Whether your Dental Implant Procedure should be completed in a single visit or over the course of several appointments, you can expect to experience a period of recovery during which special care must be taken to ensure proper healing and recuperation. You can expect some swelling of the face and gums, bruising, mild to moderate pain at the implant site, as well as some minor bleeding. These symptoms are to be expected and should heal normally.

Types Of Dental Implants

Not having a complete smile hinders everything from how you speak and chew to your confidence and how you interact with others. While full dentures and bridges are one option, another option is full mouth dental implants. A full set of dental implants replaces all of your missing teeth so you have a full smile, and this treatment option gives you great advantages over dentures and other treatment options.

The Benefits Of Dental Implants Over Dentures
When you choose full mouth dental implants, you reap advantages that cannot be matched by dentures. The primary advantage for most patients is the implants look and feel more like natural teeth and are a more permanent solution. The implants are stable, so you have greater chewing power and your new teeth can be cleaned much like normal teeth.

Dentures lack stability because they sit on top of the gum line, slip and create spaces that cause clicking when talking or eating. Dentures also make chewing difficult, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies for some patients.

Plus, according to the The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), full implants can actually preserve bone health.

Bar Attachment Denture, or All-on-6, is a contemporary restoration that has revolutionized the way surgeons and dentists think of replacing a full set of teeth.

Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses with inherent limitations. Most often, dentures are painful, inconvenient and unstable. Such dentures can make chewing foods difficult, limiting the foods that you once enjoyed. Modern dentistry can help with Bar Attachment Denture implant supported dentures.

The 6 Hybrid Dentures, or All-on-6, replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by only four dental implants. With fewer implants needed, overall treatment time and cost is reduced. The 6 Hybrid Dentures solution also ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume. Typically, a temporary set of teeth can be placed on the same day of surgery. The temporary teeth allow you to lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After a short healing period, your dentist will place the final bridge. Your quality of life is improved, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods again with renewed confidence.

Bar Attachment Denture offers you many advantages.

  • A cost-effective solution. Your new replacement teeth require only 6 implants for each jaw. With fewer dental implants required, the cost is lowered.
  • Reduced need for bone grafting. The special angled placement of two of the implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the replaced arch, often making bone grafting unnecessary.
  • Faster treatment and healing time. Your replacement arch can be attached to your dental implants immediately after insertion.
  • Scientifically proven and documented. Bar Attachment Denture is supported by good clinical outcomes from studies over a decade with favorable results.

If you have a tooth you want to replace, single tooth implants are a great way to complete your smile. When you're missing a tooth, you leave your mouth vulnerable to bacteria that can lead to gum disease. An implant is an excellent and safe way to preserve the bone underneath your tooth, and it allows you to practice better dental care.

What Does It Look Like?
The abutment screws into the implant and serves to hold the crown. The crown, like other dental crowns, is shaped like the tooth it is replacing. The crown is designed to look exactly like a regular tooth so it will blend in with your remaining natural teeth. This procedure can be used regardless of whether you need one implant or several to fill any missing gaps inside your mouth. It can be the best way to get the attractive smile you desire.

All-On-Four Procedure is a dental implant procedure that provides patients with a new set of non-removable prosthetic teeth. The All-on-4 procedure uses four titanium dental implants to anchor the lower and upper jaw. These implants provide a strong foundation for the permanent prosthetic teeth which are added through surgery. Unlike other dental implant methods that require multiple implants, the All-on-Four technique requires only 4 implants. Due to this, All-on-Four is cheaper, faster, and less painful.

When Is All-On-Four Treatment Needed?
You can get an All-on-Four dental implant if you have lost, or you are about to lose, a tooth or all your teeth because of age or injury. There is no age limit for the All-on-Four procedure. All-on-Four procedure can also be done to patients who have been diagnosed with an oral disease that is likely to deteriorate the health of their teeth. Therefore, if you have lost some of your teeth, you should come to our offices to consult with our experts. We will carry out tests to determine the extent of your problem and recommend the necessary treatment.

How Is All-On-Four Procedure Conducted?
The All-On-Four procedure is simple and quicker than other implant methods. The first step of the treatment plan is consultation. A dental professional will determine the health of your teeth and jawbone by taking a 3D CT scan. The next step is to make a mold of your upper and lower jaws. The mold will help us to design the prosthetic dental bridge that you will receive on the day of the surgery. The third steps are the surgery. During surgery identified teeth will be removed, along with any infected tissues, and dental implants will be placed. The final stage is fitting the prosthetic dental bridge to the implants and adjusting them to a good fit.

If you're thinking of fixing your smile but don't want to wait several months to get a mouthful of perfect teeth, consider one-day dental implants as a temporary solution. This relatively new procedure is a way for dentists to treat their patients while waiting for the original single tooth implant to take root. Find out more about the procedure and its benefits.

One day dental implants use a temporary crown to fill the gap since single tooth implants can take up to 6 months to integrate. It's an excellent option for those who want to have a natural smile while they wait. The procedure works best on patients who have a strong enough jawbone to support the crown, so it can handle the added forces. The crown looks and feels just like a regular tooth, so you can go about your day without fear that it will pop out.

When Is Bone Grafting Required

If the bone of your jaw is not thick enough, if the bone tissue is too soft, or if healing is not proceeding as planned- you may require a bone graft to successfully complete the Dental Implant Procedure.

What is Dental Bone Grafting?
A dental bone graft is a surgical procedure used to "build up" or reconstruct an area of the patient’s jaw using a sample of bone taken from another source. The bone graft material can come from another site on the patient’s own body. It can be sourced from a bank of human bone tissue which is stored just like human blood is stored in a blood bank. The graft material can also be a xenograft, which is bone tissue taken from an animal, usually bovine. Finally, a synthetic rhBMP may be used which stimulates the body to produce new bone in a given area.

How is Dental Bone Grafting Done?
The procedure takes place in a clinical setting. Anesthetics are used to alleviate pain. Then the oral surgeon will make an incision in the area which is to accept the bone implant. If the replacement tissue is to come from the patient, then a surgeon will also make an incision to retrieve the replacement bone. The replacement tissue will be stitched into place. Sometimes the oral surgeon will use metal pins to secure it firmly. The healing process usually takes between four to five months, and the patient will be directed to avoid chewing in the affected area and to take only soft foods. When is Dental Bone Grafting Necessary?

Bone loss in the jaw can result from injury or disease. But it is most often the result of missing teeth. When teeth are missing, the jaw bone will atrophy, changing the patient’s appearance and altering bite characteristics. Dental bone grafting is done to repair the damage and changes of this nature and to restore the patient’s normal jawline.

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