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Dental implants are the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Our office uses state of the art equipment to make your procedure as comfortable as possible. When you visit our office for an Implant consult, you should expect the following :-
- Free oral exam – The doctor will evaluate the mouth for health of the gums, the quality of the bone around the missing tooth/teeth, and the health of the remaining teeth and any gum disease that may be present.
- X-Rays – The X-Rays will help further understand the bone around the tooth and the density of it. If the implant is for a tooth in the lower jaw, the XRays will help understand the bone above the nerve wich runs through the lower jaw. If the implant is for a tooth in the upper jaw, the XRays will provide an overview of the bone below the sinus cavity.
- The Treatment Plan – This is a 1 on 1 meeting with the doctor and the patient to put together a course of action and plan forward. Most likely if the patient is an Implant Candidate is to get CT scan and put together a more detailed plan forward.
Dental Implant Information
Dental Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants, which are permanent and stable, don’t depend on neighboring teeth for support. Implants may be placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the other implants however, are used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone. The aforementioned implants make up the different types of dental implants.
Implant material is made up of different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials which are compatible with body tissue. Implants which are strategically placed can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, getting rid of the need for a denture. Implants and bridges more closely resemble real teeth though the cost tends to be greater. Implants can be applied to people who are unable to use dentures. People who smoke or drink alcoholic beverages may not be good candidates for implants. The procedure of implants is done in the dental office with local anesthesia. The dentist must perform surgery to anchor the artificial root into or on the patient’s jaw bone. The process of implants can take up to nine months to complete. Each patient heals differently, so times will vary. The healing process can take up to six months and the fitting of replacement teeth no more than two months. The success rate of implants is about ninety-five percent for those placed in the front of the lower jaw and eighty-five percent for those placed in the sides and rear of the upper jaw. The success rate depends on the tooth’s purpose and location in the mouth. Health may affect the success rate of implants. Failure of some implants is due to poor oral hygiene. It is necessary to floss and brush around the fixtures at least twice a day, without metal objects. Additional cleanings of up to four times per year may be important to ensure that you retain healthy gums. Implants cost more than the traditional bridge work, since implants involve surgery. Some dental procedures and parts of the restoration, however, may be covered by dental and medical insurance policies. The dentist can help the patient with this process and it is always best to consult the dentist before planning to undergo the process of implants.