We specialize in implant placement. According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), dental implants have a success rate of 95% when placed by a dental specialist.
Although having a beautiful smile and the confidence that comes with that are important, there are also important health reasons to have dental implants. Whether replacing one tooth or several, implants are an important solution to restoring and maintaining dental health.
Once a tooth is lost, several things begin to happen that are not immediately noticeable to a patient and which can have a significant negative effect on both health and appearance. Tooth roots help hold teeth in place but they are also critical in maintaining health in the surrounding gums and supporting bone structures. Bone loss in the jawbone is one of the significant problems that naturally occurs once a tooth is lost. This bone loss can compromise the integrity of neighboring tooth roots and tooth stability. This bone loss is also a large part of what causes the “sunken” look that is seen in people who have lost several or all of their teeth. It is the reason patients who wear dentures find that over time their dentures are harder and harder to fit and keep in place.
Dental implants help maintain and strengthen bone structure. This means they do much more than replace the missing tooth – they also protect the existing teeth by helping to preserve bone structure.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that provide a sturdy foundation for crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures.
Dental implants don’t rely on your existing teeth for support. Instead, they are placed in your jaw bones. Following placement, your bone integrates into surface crevices of the implant and reached the state of “bsiointegration” the fancy term for the fusion of implants to your jaw bone.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants provide various benefits compared to traditional prosthetics such as bridges, partial and complete dentures.
- Improved speech
- Improved self-esteem
Dental implants also improve your oral health. Maintaining and cleaning a single implant is much easier than cleaning around and underneath a traditional bridge. Many patients ability to taste and feel the texture of food is lost when they wear full or partial dentures. Dental implants give that sensation back to them so they can fully enjoy their meals. With less acrylic covering the gums, there is less chance for common fungal infections related to wearing dentures and partial dentures. And last not least, when missing teeth are replaced by implants the existing teeth will not be over burdened carrying the work load of the missing teeth hence they can stay stronger and healthier for longer time.
Will I benefit from dental implants?
If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, you’ll likely benefit from dental implants. However, it’s important to have good oral health. If you have insufficient bone volume or periodontal disease, Dr. Mandy might recommend a bone grafting procedure or treatment for gum disease like scaling and root planing before moving forward.
Let Dr. Mandy know if you smoke or have a chronic condition like diabetes or heart disease. These issues won’t prevent you from getting dental implants, but they can increase your risk of complications during surgery or recovery.
Does getting dental implants take a long time?
Getting dental implants typically takes4-6 months and involves few appointments spaced several weeks apart.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Mandy conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your treatment goals. She then takes oral X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbones and remaining teeth structures.
After gathering all the necessary information, Dr. Mandy develops a custom treatment plan, mapping out the placement of your implants.
Dr. Mandy doesn’t do dental implant surgery herself. Instead, she coordinates care with her oral surgeons and periodontists who place your dental implants during a quick outpatient procedure. Before operating, your provider administers local anesthetic to numb your gums and bone.
Once the anesthesia sets in, your oral surgeon places a series of metal posts –– one for each missing tooth –– into incisions in your gum line. After surgery, you return home, and your mouth heals for 2-4 months.
Once the integration of implant to your jaw is confirmed by the surgeon at the end of 2-4 months, you return to CityZEN Dental. Dr. Mandy then takes impressions and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your implant crowns, implant bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
Two weeks later, you return for your final appointment. Dr. Mandy attaches your crowns, bridge, or implant-supported dentures to the metal posts in your mouth, restoring your smile to its healthy, near-original condition.
What if I damage my dental implants?
Dental implants are sturdy and often last a lifetime. If you break, chip, or otherwise damage your crown, bridge or denture, Dr. Mandy can repair or redo the restorative part. In rare situations when implants fail you might have to go back to the surgeon for replacement or some antibiotic therapy along with scaling on the affected area. To ensure the health of your precious implants Dr Mandy highly recommends that you keep your 6 months check up appointments and refrain from smoking. To learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment at CityZEN Dental. Call the office or book online today.