Dental Implants

Dental implants act as substitutes for teeth that have been removed. When a tooth decays beyond repair, the best course of action is to take it out and replace it with a synthetic implant.

What Are Dental Implants Made Up Of?

These implants are secured to the jawbone through a surgical procedure done under local anaesthesia. The highest quality dental implants are made up of titanium that fuses with the bone and prevents slippage. Titanium implants are also preferred because they feel natural, don’t make noise or cause damage to adjacent structures in the mouth. Most importantly, titanium lasts long and doesn’t decay.

What Are The Prerequisites for Getting a Dental Implant?

To qualify for dental implant placement, you’ll need to have healthy gums and enough bone for support. Once the implants have been placed, proper care and maintenance of good oral hygiene are crucial for good and lasting results.

Dental implants are recommended only when you have a missing tooth that needs to be replaced, have a fully-developed adult jawbone, have enough supporting bone, and have a good oral hygiene, are suited for dentures. Also, the patient is able commit to a lengthy treatment process.

Types of Restorations

Dental implants restorations include crowns, bridges, hybrid denture and retained bridges.

Why Should You Get a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are the standard treatment of choice when:

  • You have a missing or unsalvageable tooth
  • You don’t have enough teeth for normal chewing and speaking functions
  • You don’t qualify for dentures or tooth-supported bridge

What Happens in a Dental Implant Surgery?

The first phase of the surgery is proper preparation. This is when our orthodontist will conduct a thorough dental and oral exam. X-rays to assess the status of your bone and jaw will also be taken. You will also be asked a detailed medical history, including any drug allergies or prescriptions. Once the examination is complete, we will devise the right treatment plan for you that will take into account individual patient factors.

The procedure of dental implant surgery is a simple outpatient one. First, the damaged tooth is taken out, and the jawbone is prepared for the implant surgery. Sometimes a bone graft will be required to maintain an adequate supporting base for the implant. The gum is opened through a surgical incision and holes are drilled into the jawbone where the implant will eventually be placed.

A dental implant post is first placed in the jawbone and left to heal for the next few months. This is required to obtain the right size and shape of the implant that will replace the missing tooth. Once the healing phase is completed, either a removable or a fixed implant will be placed according to the patient’s preference. Overall the procedure can take a few months to complete, but the results are fruitful and long-lasting.

Why is a Bone Graft Needed?

Sometimes when the jawbone is inadequate and cannot make a supporting base for the implant, bone grafting will need to be done. This is important because chewing forces can cause an implant placed in a weak jawbone to dismantle. So, a strong base is a prerequisite for a successful dental implant procedure.

Bone from the hip, fibula or another part of the jaw can be removed and used as a graft to strengthen the jawbone. It can take a few months before the bone has grown and strengthened the jaw for the dental implant surgery.

What is the Prognosis of a Dental Implant?

The success rate of dental implant surgery is pretty high. For the best results, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, follow-up with your dentist regularly and avoid damaging habits such as smoking or caffeinated products.