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What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are considered the standard care for prosthetic replacement of missing teeth. A surgical fixture, made from titanium, is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the next few months. This implant effectively acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth. This “artificial root” is used to hold a replacement tooth or a bridge.
A dental implant is the closest thing to mimicking natural teeth, providing a high level of stability and functionality.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are designed to look like natural teeth and are long-lasting. Dental implant advantages:
- Comfortable: Implants look and feel like your own teeth and eliminate the discomfort of wearing dentures
- Strong and stable: Implants provide permanent restoration of missing teeth
- Improved oral health: Implants make brushing and flossing easier and they don’t impact the surrounding teeth
- Prevent bone loss: Dental implants maintain proper chewing function and help keep your jaw healthy
- Improved appearance: By preserving bone, dental implants help prevent further deterioration of the facial structure
- High success rate: The average 10-year success rate of dental implants is around 95-98%
- Boost your confidence: Bring back your smile and start beaming with confidence again
Different Types of Dental Implants
There are three common types of dental implants:
A single tooth dental implant
A single implant is used to replace a single missing tooth. It consists of one post and one crown. This type of implant is used to restore a single tooth or multiple teeth that are not adjacent to each other.
An implant-supported bridge
This may be the best option for patients with two or more missing teeth in a row. It’s similar to a regular dental bridge, except it’s supported by implants on either side of the missing tooth instead of natural teeth. An implant-supported bridge is a more cost-effective option compared to single implants, as the missing teeth in the middle don’t need an implant.
All on 4 dental implants
An implant-supported denture is a dental bridge supported by four dental implants. This may be the best option for patients missing most of their teeth in either upper or lower jaw. The denture is secured in place by four implants that support the full arch of new teeth.
Dental Implant Steps - What to Expect When Getting a Dental Implant
- Consultation – Your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and evaluate your suitability for an implant. This will involve X-rays and digital jaw scans to check the health of the jawbone. After your consultation, you will receive a personalized treatment plan, including information on treatment steps and an outline of costs.
- First phase – The first phase is the surgical placement of the implant. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your mouth, that way you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. In some cases IV sedation is used instead – you will remain conscious but it will help block any pain and help you relax.
- Second phase – After the first phase, a few months is needed for bone to grow around the implant. When you’ve completely healed, you’ll go back and your dentist will place a metal connector (abutment) into your dental implant. The abutment is screwed onto the implant for securely holding the crown (your fake tooth) in place.