The preferred method of teeth replacement is dental implants. In short, dental implants are a substitute for tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for permanent replacement of teeth. They also act as a support for partial and full dentures, since the dental implants integrate well with the jaw bone so that they can act as an anchor for the replacement teeth. They are the closest possible replacement for your natural teeth, and the best method you can use to restore your natural smile.
How Dental Implants Are Put Into Your Jaw
Before any dental implants are placed, it’s important that your dentist assesses the health of your gums and teeth. If there`re any signs of decay or gum disease, these must be treated first. Thereafter, your dental implant treatment will be planned after a few x-rays have been taken and, in some of the cases, a CT scan may be required to assess the bone quality and check for any nearby anatomical structures that your dentist will have to avoid when drilling. The dental implant placement procedure is normally performed under local anesthesia; IV ((intravenous) sedation is occasionally used if the patient is quite anxious or if it’s a long procedure.
Your dentist will cut your gum at the precise location where the dental implant is supposed to be placed and then lift it. He/she will then drill a tiny hole in the jawbone at the exact location of the intended dental implant. Your dentist will then tightly fit the titanium implant into the socket and then stitch back the gum over the titanium implant. If there’s insufficient bone material to hold the titanium implant, a bone graft might be required, or your dentist may decide to use smaller sized mini titanium implants if suitable.
Once the titanium implant has been placed, it’s left to heal and integrate with your jaw bone for between 6 weeks to 6 months. Your bone tissue will grow and then anchor itself into the microscopic rough-surface of the titanium implant.
During the period of healing, you will continue to wear dentures or you will be given bridges (temporary teeth). It’s important that you ensure that the temporary teeth don’t exert any force on the dental implant. After the healing-period, your dentist will again lift your gum and attach a post to the titanium implant with a temporary-crown. 4-6 weeks later, when the gum tissue that’s surrounding the implant has matured, your dentist will fit the final permanent restoration to the dental implant.
How Dental Implants Will Restore Your Ability To Chew Properly
When you lose one or several of your teeth, you lose some of your ability to properly chew food. When the tooth or teeth aren’t replaced, the gap that occurs may destabilize the adjacent teeth, causing them to shift towards the gap. The shift pulls your teeth out of their proper alignment and can lead to problems with your ability to chew. You will either have to exert more stress on the other teeth so that you can be able to chew the food that you eat, or you don’t chew well and what’s swallowed isn’t ready to be digested.
Several studies conducted by scientists have shown that your chewing ability will substantially improve following the placement of the dental implant. After you have adjusted to the new dental implants, your chewing ability will match the efficiency of your natural teeth. Dental implants will enable you to enjoy foods such as meats, raw vegetables and fruits.
How Dental Implants Will Restore Your Smile And Jaw Properly
Missing teeth have a profound effect on the appearance of your smile. With dental implants, you will have the confidence to laugh without hesitation and smile freely once again. Additionally, when you lose your healthy teeth, your jawbone starts to deteriorate and shrink and as a result the height between the chin and the tip of the nose decreases. Other changes include thinner lips, more wrinkles around your mouth, sagging skin and drooping jowls, which can affect the shape of your smile and might cause you to look much older than your true age.
Dental implants help preserve the jaw bone by offering stimulation which was previously given by the natural tooth root system. This helps to maintain the integrity of your facial structure and restore the beauty of your smile.
How To Know If You Are A Suitable Candidate For Dental Implants
Dental implants can be placed in people of any age (with fully-developed jawbones), as long as they have a sufficient quality and quantity of bone tissue available. Advances in dental implant treatment have certainly made it possible for many people who in the past wouldn’t have been considered candidates to have this treatment. Even if you’ve lost a substantial amount of bone, you can qualify for the dental implant treatment with extra procedures to create new bone or add bone.
Most healthy people who maintain a good oral-hygiene program are suitable candidates for the dental implants. In circumstances where dental implants might not be suitable, or situations where there’s an increased risk of dental implant failure, include:
- Excessive intake of alcohol – This disrupts the healing process of the gums.
- Heavy smoking – This hinders and slows down the healing process.
- Periodontal gum disease – All active gum diseases should be treated before any implant procedure is performed to ensure the long term success of the treatment. Periodontal disease is a major cause of bone loss, which would prevent the success of any dental implant procedure.
- Bruxism (teeth grinders) – A night time splint can be used to treat this.
- Immuno-compromised people (auto-immune disease, steroids and patients who are undergoing radiation treatment).
For more information about dental implants or to see if you are a candidate for implants, call Cosmetic Dentist in Boca Raton at (561) 232-2070