What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why dental implants?
There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:
Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
How much do dental implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.
Brand of implants is an important factor for overall cost of dental implants.Also cheaper implants may be used with success initially ,however ,long term prognosis of this implant is poor.We expect that an implant has minimally 20 years working time after placement.The main problems in nonstandard implants are bone resorption around implants and higher failure rate than the standards implant.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants.
Who is high risk for implant placement ?
Someone who intake corticosteroid for long time ,uncontrolled diabetic patients ,history of radiotherapy ,end stage kidney problems and intake anti osteoporosis drug may be in high risk group for implant treatment.
Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.
Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
How long is an implant’ lifespan ?
Implants’ survival rate depends on a proper surgrical protocol ,prosthetic restoration ,quality of implant and proper hygiene by patients.Implants’ shape may be the same ,however,implants’ surfaces are different. Dedicated companies have investigated on implant surface and introduced implants with reduce integration time and increase integration potency .Non-standard implants may have short term success rate but in long term success rate dramatically decrease .Smoking ,diabet and corticosteroid may reduce survival rate of implants.
How will dental implants affect my life?
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.
How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
Conventionally the healing time for an implant is 3 months then prosthetic components are placed during next 2-4 weeks.
Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.
The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, your are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.
The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.
Is it possible to place implant immediately after tooth removal ?
Yes if tooth does not have infection and a lesion and bone around the tooth socket is enough we can place implant immediately.Specially in single root tooth it has high success rate.However , in teeth with multi roots ,it is advised to remove teeth and after 6-8 weeks ,an implant will be placed.
Is the treatment painful?
With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
How will I care for my dental implants?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised.
How long is needed to restore my missing teeth?
Conventionally an implant heals in 3 months, however ,when bone graft is used with an implant ,healing time increases to 6 months.
Is it possible to place an implant immediately after tooth extraction?
Yes it is possible especially in a single root tooth if tooth is not infected or does not have a lesion around it.Also it is suggested in multi roots teeth ,an implant will be placed 6-8 weeks after a tooth removal to provide a good condition for healing.
Is it possible to place prosthetic component after implant surgery .
Yes ,immediate prosthetic procedure commonly is suggested for the anterior teeth as a provisional prosthesis to provide enough healing time and after it ,the provisional prosthesis will be removed and a permanent prosthesis will be replaced.