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Dental Implants, What are They?

Dental implants provide a way to replace one or more missing teeth working as "artificial tooth roots" on top of which a dental prosthesis, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, can be placed. Looking just like real pieces, they are the best alternative to avoid dentures, resulting in natural and beautiful smiles.

Dental Implant

How does a Dental Implant work?

A dental implant is a metal post or frame that is placed into the jaw to hold an artificial tooth or bridge. It is a prefab root made of titanium which is well tolerated by the body by accepting it as its own. Titanium is a highly biocompatible, light and durable metal that has low rejection rate by the body.

When can Dental Implants be used?

Dental Implants are prescribed when one of the following scenarios is present:

Broken tooth
Knocked out/missing teeth
A new tooth to fill an excessive gap
A new tooth to replace one that has suffered irreparable decay
As an alternative to dentures or caps

These scenarios may be the result of diseases, accidents or missing teeth since birth.

In all cases it is necessary to carry out a diagnosis of the status of all teeth, gums, bones and temporomandibular joint. One limitation commonly found is the lack of bone to place the implant, however today's technology has a practical solution for such situations.

We have all necessary tools and knowledge to provide you with the best solution possible.

Types of Implants in Use Today

Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.

Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework's posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.

What is Treatment like?

Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.

If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

All procedures are carried out at our clinic where a sterile environment is prepared by specialized professionals. Only local anesthesia is needed, similar to the one used for a root canal.

Do Dental Implants hurt or do They feel like normal teeth?

Dental implants feel like regular teeth while adding the advantage of lack of sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and food.
They provide esthetic advantages by becoming part of the structure of your bone, preventing the bone loss and gum recession.

They will allow you to once again speak and eat with total confidence.

What is the Success Rate of dental implants?

The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable and goes around 95%. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement. Studies have shown that the risk of dental implant failure is about 5% for implants of the lower jaw.

Even though dental implants have a lifelong guarantee, proper care and continuous visits to your dentist are recommended.

Thanks to our experience and high success rate we are confident to say that dental implants are a highly reliable treatment.

 

What Causes Tooth Loss?

The most common causes of tooth loss are dental caries, also known as tooth decay, and periodontal disease, which affects the gums and bone structure that supports the teeth. Dental caries is the major cause of tooth loss in children, and periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults; however, it too can afflict youngsters.

What Causes Periodontal Diseases?

Plaque, a thin, colorless, sticky film containing bacteria, which constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria use carbohydrates—sugars and starches—to produce an acid that attacks the enamel covering the teeth. After repeated acid attacks, the enamel can be broken down and a cavity begins. Continued acid attacks eventually dissolve the enamel and penetrate the softer, inner layer of the tooth, where decay can spread rapidly throughout the tooth’s structure. Acid attacks begin immediately after every meal or snack and last about 20 to 30 minutes.

Can Periodontal Diseases Be Prevented?

Teeth can be protected from acid attacks by removing plaque, reducing the number of times and the amount of sugar and starches eaten, using fluorides, having plastic sealants applied to teeth, and by regular professional cleaning of teeth by a dental hygienist.

How Does Plaque Attack the Gums?

Plaque can also produce harmful byproducts that irritate the gums, causing gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal diseases. If plaque isn’t removed daily, it will build up into a hard deposit called calculus. If plaque continues to form on top of the calculus, it can irritate the gums, and a pocket may develop between the teeth and gums. Plaque build up can eventually destroy the gums and bone that support the teeth.

How Do You Stop Plaque Attacks?

Two key factors in preventing dental caries are fluoride and dental sealants. Fluoride compounds are found naturally in soil, water, and in many foods. Plaque attacks can’t be stopped, but you can help to prevent plaque build-up by following a good oral care program of brushing, flossing, rinsing, and regular visits to your oral health care professional.

What is a dental hygienist? 

A dental hygienist is a licensed health care professional, oral health educator, and clinician who, as a cotherapist with the dentist, provides preventive, educational, and therapeutic services supporting total health for the control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health. A registered dental hygienist has graduated from a minimum two-year college program that includes classroom studies and extensive supervised clinical experience. A dental hygienist also must pass a national written exam and a comprehensive state clinical exam to earn the RDH license.

Generally, the dental hygienist may work in general and specialty oral health practices. Other areas of employment include programs for research, professional education, and community health; hospital and institutional care of disabled persons; federal programs, such as the armed services; or other health service locations as specified in statute or as authorized by the state board of dentistry.

 


 

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