Dental Implants – Bible Hill Family Dentistry

Dental Implants

DENTAL IMPLANTS

A dental implant is a titanium implant (artificial tooth root) that is placed into the jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth, and serves as a solid foundation to the crown. Dental implants are a very common procedure in dentistry today and have a high success rate. Studies have shown that implants can last upwards of 25 years.

CAN ANYONE HAVE A DENTAL IMPLANT?

Not everyone is suitable for dental implants placement. The dental professional will check the general and dental background to make sure the patient is ideal for this procedure. Patients with the presence of a systemic disease, insufficient jaw bone, infection, etc. are not considered good candidates.

ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

⦁ Excellent durability, function and esthetic (they look like natural teeth)
⦁ Improved speech, self-esteem and oral health
⦁ Help stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss

HOW MANY IMPLANTS DO YOU NEED?

Single tooth implants: To replace a single tooth, leaving other natural teeth intact.
Multiple implants: When more than one tooth is missing.
Full-arch implants: For patients who need to replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.

DENTAL IMPLANTS PROCEDURE

⦁ The dentist will examine your mouth, look into your medical history to make sure that there are no underlying complications. And also, send X-rays and 3D images to develop a treatment plan.
⦁ Implants can be placed immediately at the moment of the tooth extraction, or after. This depends on each case.
⦁ Local anesthesia or IV sedation can be used to make you comfortable.
⦁ The dentist will place the dental implant into your jaw, in some cases, it is also possible to place the prosthesis on the implant simultaneously to the implant placement.
⦁ In the following 4-6 months, the dental implant and bone will fuse creating a strong long-lasting union for your replacement teeth. If possible, your dentist may place a temporary restoration during this period.
⦁ Once the implant bonds with your bone, a connector is placed on the implant.
⦁ The dental professional will take a dental impression of your mouth.
⦁ The impression is sent to the dental laboratory and the prosthesis is then fabricated.
⦁ The prosthesis/crown can be screwed or cemented in place.

Precautions to take before considering implant therapy.

⦁ Avoid smoking
⦁ Good oral hygiene
⦁ Diet restrictions
⦁ It is necessary to visit your dental professional for regular checkups.

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