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Dental implants are the most advanced method of replacing one, several or a full set of missing teeth. The base of an implant is a titanium screw that is placed directly into the jawbone. It is the root for the artificial tooth. A small post, called the abutment, sits on top. The replacement tooth, which is made of dental porcelain and referred to as the crown, is attached to the abutment. When placed by an experienced dentist, dental implants will match the look and function of natural teeth for years to come.
The good news is that nearly every patient who wants implants can have them. There may be oral issues to address (such as jawbone loss or gum disease) or medical conditions that could complicate the implantation procedure (such as respiratory or heart ailments, diabetes or bleeding disorders) but these concerns can usually be dealt with. One important thing to bear in mind is that age alone is no factor when it comes to implant suitability. If you are in good health, you are never too old.
With regard to your recovery, nothing dramatic. You may want to schedule a few days to relax if you have that luxury. However, many patients return to their normal routines the very next day. It all depends on how busy you are and how well you can deal with the minor post-treatment pain (for which you are sent home with pain relievers).
Dental implants have a phenomenal 95% success rate, according to clinical studies. This figure is the highest among any method of teeth replacement. Among the factors that cause implant failure, most are under the control of the patient. Smoking, drinking heavily, not following post-operative orders or post-operative dietary restrictions all lower the chances of success. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes, can also play a role in the success and longevity of one’s implants. These conditions can be discussed and planned for during the initial consultation.
Four common varieties of dental implants are installed. 1) A Single Dental Implant is used to replace one tooth. It is placed directly into the open space in the teeth. 2) An Implant Bridge replaces multiple teeth. The bridge is anchored by implants on either side of the gap and the attached crowns replace the teeth in between. 3) The All-on-4 method is used when all teeth are missing. As the name implies, four implants in the jaw support a full arch of prosthetic teeth. 4) In the final usage, implants serve as attachment points for a standard denture to increase stability and performance.
If there is significant bone loss, you may need a bone graft prior to receiving implants. While this may sound drastic, it is actually a minor procedure that can be performed in one visit and only needs a few months to completely heal. When the jawbone is fully restored, the implant process can proceed.
The All-on-4 is a non-removable, implant supported appliance that instantly gives patients a full arch of beautiful, incredibly durable, completely functional teeth. It is the ideal replacement option for patients who have lost all or most of their natural teeth or are experiencing failure due to advanced gum disease. In addition to patients without teeth, All-on-4 treatments are commonly sought out by individuals with failing dental work or who are unhappy with the limitations of their traditional dentures.
There are a number of significant differences.
The major complaint of denture wearers is that their dentures feel loose and unstable. This issue is easily corrected by using implants as attachment points to hold the dentures securely in place. The patient’s dentures remain removable (as opposed to an All-on-4, which is fixed) and are simply snapped on and off as needed. In most cases the patient’s current dentures can be used with only slight modifications. Denture stabilization with implants improves the experience of wearing dentures in every way.
If you have other questions about dental implants or Harrell Dental Implant Center, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by phone at (704) 206-1330, or use the contact button below to submit your questions via contact form.