What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are medical grade titanium tooth root replacements and are a great way to replace one or more missing teeth. They provide strong foundations to support your tooth replacement restorations.
An implant itself is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone. Over time the bone grows around and bonds with the titanium to provide a secure base, just like a tooth root. An implant can support a single replacement tooth, a bridge or a denture with several replacement teeth. Dental implants are arguably the next best thing to still having your own teeth. They allow you to be free from many issues traditionally associated with dentures – for example, they don’t move around so you can eat and speak with confidence.
Dental implants enable patients to maintain bone structure and support facial tissues to recover their natural appearance. They can look and feel similar to natural teeth, so many patients feel more confident and happy as a result of having treatment.
Are you a candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own. Your dentist and periodontist will work together to make your dreams come true.
What is a Dental Implant procedure like?
This procedure is a team effort between you and Firswood Dental. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
- •Replacing a Single Tooth – If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it
- •Replacing Several Teeth – If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them
- Replacing All of Your Teeth – If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
- Sinus Augmentation – A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
- Ridge Modification – Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
What can I expect after receiving a Dental Implant?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, your periodontist will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.