Tissue Regeneration - Sinus Lift
• Ideal Implant Candidate
• Implant Placement and Implant Restoration
• Alternatives to Dental Implants
• Risks of No Treatment
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that's surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. The bone forms a biological bond with the new root (implant) giving your new crown, bridge or denture the same stabile foundation as a natural tooth. In essence, implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth.
Dental implants are
• Esthetic, secure, natural-looking
• Conservative tooth-saving
• Predictable durable long term solution.
Dental implants look and feel and function like your own teeth. They prevent the bone loss resorption and gum recession by preserving the remaining structures, improve facial appearance by restoring the lost lip support and minimize wrinkles around the mouth.
Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant.
Long-term Predictable Solution
You will speak and eat with comfort and confidence. Implants offer freedom from the clicks and wobbles of dentures and denture adhesives.
Implants restore the natural biting and chewing capacity and improve digestion. Dental implants are highly predictable excellent option for tooth replacement.
Ideal Implant Candidate
The ideal candidate for a dental implants is in good general and oral health, regardless of age. Adequate bone in your jawbone is needed to support the implant. The best candidates have healthy gum tissues free of periodontal disease.
To enhance the quality and quantity of the implant bone, you may need
• Socket preservation
• Ridge augmentation
• Guided tissue regeneration
• Soft tissue graft
• Sinus lift or similar
You need to floss and brush your teeth and implants daily, and get your professional cleaning four times a year.
Implants aren't advised if you suffer from an uncontrolled chronic illness such as diabetes, as this can interfere with healing. If you're a smoker, you're a compromised candidate for implants; smokers are at greater risk for gum disease than non-smokers, and gum disease weakens the gum and bone tissue needed to support implants.
Start-to-finish, the process can take weeks to months. The lengthy part is called osseointegration, which is the fusing of the implant to the bone tissue.
Restoring your smile is accomplished in two phases:
1. Surgical implant placement - Implant representing a tooth root is left under the gums for several months while the bone attaches to it.
2. Restorative phase - After healing, the implant is re-exposed and implant restoration such as crown representing natural looking tooth is attached to it. In some cases, implant can bear new implant crown immediately following the surgical implant placement, skipping the second phase.
Implant placement resembles other dental procedures. You can eat, sleep, excercise and function as usual. After the procedure, you can resume your regular activities, with a few common sense adjustments, soon after.
Prior to the implant placement, some patients elect to take the medication to relax. You are conscious, your mouth is numbed. The gum covering the spot where the implant will go is gently lifted and the titanium implant is placed in your jawbone. The gum is then sutured.
You'll wear a temporary crown or bridge while the bone tissue in your jaw fuses to the implant; this process is called osseointegration, and takes months.
The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implants. Another tiny incision is made in your gums, and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line. Your dentist will then create your new implant crown/tooth or teeth. They usually include making impressions of your mouth. The last step is the placement of the implant crown or other implant supported restorations.
The ultimate success of implants depends on your home care and regular checkups and cleanings.
Alternatives to Implants
If you decide against implants, there are a few other options:
• partial dentures - if you have some remaining strong teeth, a partial denture is held in place by clips or other special attachments
• bridges - if there are teeth remaining next to the affected tooth to use the neighboring teeth as anchors
• full dentures - if you now wear a denture, replacing or relining it may allow you to continue to use it
• delaying treatment - while you risk permanent bone loss and other changes, you may decide to wait while you consider your options.
Risks of No Treatment
Placing a dental implant can prevent a chain reaction of problems. Teeth need each other for support.
When a tooth is lost, it changes the biting forces on the teeth, causing them to shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing that tooth, as well.
As your bite changes, it becomes increasingly difficult to chew your food, possibly damaging your jaw joint, the TMJ. It's harder to clean teeth that have shifted. Harmful plaque and tartar collect in these new hard-to-reach places, causing cavities and the permanent bone loss that comes with gum disease.