What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are a safe and long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. They are popular among patients and dentists alike because they look and feel like natural teeth and also offer great stability and strength. Once dental implants are in the patient’s mouth, they can be maintained and cleaned as normal teeth.
An implant is a special screw that is inserted into the jawbone, and will eventually hold an abutment and dental crown. Once the implant has successfully bonded to the bone (this process is called osseointegration), it is ready for a crown. If several implants are placed, they work as abutments so a partial or complete fixed denture can be anchored to it.
Who Should Place a Dental Implant?
A maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist are truly the most qualified dental professionals to place dental implants. While many clinics have general dentists placing dental implants, Goodness Dental ensures that every dental implant is placed by a licensed maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist.
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Types of Implants
Single Tooth Implants
Single dental implants usually have a dental crown on top. They resemble natural teeth the most because they are single implants that replace individual teeth that have been lost.
When multiple teeth in the upper or lower jaw are missing, a fixed denture supported by implants may be recommended to ensure long-term stability and use. Fixed denture dental implant solutions are often recommended as one of three procedures. While these procedures seem similar, there are some important differences to note.
This solution is used on patients who may have less available jawbone. Don’t worry. Four implants still provide enough stability and strength to support your bridge. You’ll still be able to eat anything you want. The main difference from the other two implant solutions is that the bridge that holds the artificial teeth may be shorter than with an All on 8, or an All on 6. However, one of our specialists will make the proper recommendation based on your specific needs.
This solution uses six dental implants. It is used on patients that don’t have perfect jawbones, but they do have enough bone to support six implants. It also shares a characteristic with the All-on-8 solution: a bridge in the form of an arch that is used to support the artificial teeth.
This solution uses eight dental implants and is by far the most stable option. Because it involves the greatest number of dental implants, it has the strongest grip on the jaw. This solution requires that the jaw has enough bone to sustain eight implants. Many patients that suffer from trauma may not have enough bone for eight implants.
Should I get dental implants?
1. Available Jawbone Space:
Regardless if you are getting implants in the upper or lower jaw, there are vital structures that must be protected such as the maxillary sinus in the upper jaw and the inferior alveolar nerve in the lower jaw. This is why there has to be sufficient bone height to place the implant. This is why it is critical to have your implants placed by a maxillofacial surgeon.
If you are a smoker, you might want to consider quitting for a while. Smoking adversely affects the healing process of the bone and tissue. Please discuss this with your dentist if you plan to get dental implants.
Not all locations in the jawbone are suitable for implants. There could be irregularities of the bone and other structures keeping your from being a good candidate. Also, different locations have different success rates. This is another critical factor that requires the expertise of a maxillofacial surgeon.
4. Health of your gums and bone.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are important considerations for dental implants. Gingivitis is when dental hygiene must be improved because gums appear red, swollen and bleed easily. Periodontitis is when the bone is affected as well and there is some level of bone loss. These conditions could compromise the success of the treatment.