All you need to know
What are dental implants ?
What are the types?
What is the procedure?
What are the requirements?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are secured into the jaw to replace lost, missing or extracted teeth. An implant is a small post, most commonly made of titanium, that functions as a tooth root and is inserted into the jawbone beneath the gum line.
As compared to conventional bridges (a common alternative to dental implants) dental implants replace a single tooth without affecting the neighboring teeth. A traditional bridge requires that the healthy teeth on both sides of a missing tooth or gap are ground down so that a bridge, that consists of an artificial tooth that is attached between two crowns, can be placed over the area to cover the empty space.
What kind of dental implants are available in modern dentistry?
SINGLE IMPLANT - Single Tooth Dental Implants. If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and/or a crown can replace it.
MULTIPLE IMPLANTS - Multiple Tooth Implants. If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
ALL-ON-4 - utilizes a minimum of four simple implants to provide patients with a full-fixed arch replacement of upper and/or lower teeth teeth.
FULL ARCH/ GRAFTLESS SOLUTIONS - patients who suffer from bone loss and are in need of dental implants can opt in for more comfortable, graftless solutions.
ZYGOMATIC DENTAL IMPLANTS - utilizes patients’ existing bone density by anchoring the extra long implants closest to the cheek bone, also known as the zygomatic bone.
What is the procedure of placing dental implants?
● Initial examination
● 3-D image of your jaws using Cone Beam CT scan
● Planning your implant surgery using computer guided surgery
● Fabrication of custom-made template or stent
● Cover implants with healing caps to integrate and bond with your jawbone
● Temporary teeth placement
● Fabricate permanent teeth, after implants have healed
What are the requirements of getting dental implants?
Contrary to the common misconception, most patients are candidates for dental implants. The ideal candidate is a patient who experiences good overall health and oral health. The ideal patient should have healthy gums with no signs of periodontal disease, adequate bone density to support the implants and good overall health.
However patients who experience chronic illnesses, systemic complications, periodontal disease or bone loss may still be candidates for dental implants. Even if you experience any of the above health conditions, you may still be a candidate for dental implants, as each case is unique and depends on the severity of the condition. Accurate and thorough diagnosis is crucial in understanding which solution is right for you, and creating the proper treatment based on your specific needs.