What are dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to counter tooth loss and are the best option to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and aren’t visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns, bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is very lightweight, strong, and biocompatible. Titanium and its alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as joint replacements. Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone called osseointegration, is the biological basis of dental implant success. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all the teeth in one or both arches of the mouth.
- Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth and therefore, they are the closest thing to natural teeth.
- Dental implants are fused to bone and permanent; whereas, dentures are removable. The fusion to bone provides stability and also prevents bone loss and atrophy that normally results from missing teeth.
- Dental implants do not require reducing other teeth, as a traditional bridge does. The surrounding teeth are not being altered to support the dental implant; therefore, improving long-term oral health.
- Individual dental implants allow easier access between teeth, which leads to improved oral hygiene.
- Dental implants allow you to eat all the foods that you would with natural teeth.
- Dental implants are reliable and have a 95% or higher success rate.
Dental implants provide a long-term solution to your dental problems and often last a lifetime; whereas, bridges usually must be replaced.
Dental implants may also improve appearance, speech, self-esteem, and be life changing.
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants require a surgical procedure in which precision channels are created in the jawbone. Prior to surgery, careful and detailed planning is required to identify vital structures such as the inferior alveolar nerve and the sinus. The shape, type, and dimensions of the bone need to be examined in order to properly orient the dental implants for the most predictable outcome. Dr. Bennett uses a CBVT 3-D scan to plan his dental implant cases. When placing a dental implant, a pilot hole is bored into the recipient bone. The pilot hole is expanded by using progressively wider drills to accommodate the width and length of the dental implant. A cooling saline or sterile water spray keeps the temperature of the bone to below 47 degrees Celsius or 117 degrees Fahrenheit. The dental implant is then placed at a precise torque into the prepared dental implant site and allowed to heal. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is completely healed or integrated with the bone, Dr. Bennett will restore the dental implant or implants. This usually involves two more components: the abutment and the crown.
If you feel that dental implants could be a viable option for you, please contact Dr. Bennett to schedule an oral exam. It is not acceptable to proceed with implant treatment if there are areas of untreated disease of teeth, gums, or bone, as these can affect the success of your dental implant surgery as well as the integration and maintenance of the dental implant itself.
Single Tooth Implant
A single tooth implant is often the ideal solution to a missing tooth, and can provide several benefits over alternative restorative options. A single implant easily provides patients with a beautiful and healthy smile.
Multiple Tooth Implants
If you are missing more than one tooth, multiple tooth implants are an ideal replacement option. Dental implants look, feel and function just like normal teeth, which means that patients experiencing tooth loss can now feel like themselves again. That means eating their favorite foods, smiling with confidence, and feeling secure in their appearance and oral health.
Benefits of single and multiple tooth implants include
- They look and functions like a natural tooth
- The surrounding teeth remain unaffected
- They are permanently secured in place
- The bone is preserved
Single and multiple dental implants provide a great long-term solution to missing teeth as they are securely fastened in place, functional, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The gums, jaw and surrounding teeth will not be negatively impacted either.
Full Arch Implants
Full arch dental implants are the ultimate solution for patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth. A full set of implants creates a fixed solution, which eliminates the hassle and inconvenience associated with other restorative methods.
Full arch dental implants allow patients to experience:
- The ability to eat and chew all their favorite foods
- A permanent, hassle free solution
- Confidence in how they look and how their teeth feel
If you are missing all of your teeth, we understand the impact that can take on your health, confidence and happiness. Arvada Dental Center offers world-class care so that you can get back to the life you love.
Dental Implants and Bone Grafting
Because implants are placed in the upper or lower jaw, it’s important to determine the exact dimensions of a patient’s existing bone, and identify important anatomic landmarks such as nerves and sinuses before placing the dental implants. Your Hybridge provider will take a CT scan, which is a 3-D image of the teeth and jaw, and will assess both the width and depth of existing bone.
If there is not enough bone available, it may be necessary to add bone grafting material, which typically consists of “mineralized, freeze dried bone” that will heal and transform into newly grown bone. This is sometimes necessary in the area of the sinuses and involves adding bone below the sinus, creating enough bone for the implant to be placed. This process is called a sinus augmentation.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants are inserted in the jaw during the surgical phase of the dental implant treatment. Today, technology allows for exact positioning and safety during the placement of implants, and is guided with the help of computer assisted dental planning software and surgical guides.
In most cases, healing times range from 3 weeks to many months, depending on the condition of the bone in the jaw. The need for bone grafting requires more healing time than when bone augmentation isn’t necessary. After an appropriate healing period, determined after the placement of the implants, an impression will be taken and the final crown(s) or bridge fabricated. An abutment will be attached to the implant and the final crown or bridge cemented to the abutment.
Dental Implant Success Rates
The success rate of these endosseous implants is greater than 95%. Success is typically defined as a healthy, functioning implant for at least a 10 year period. Implants should be expected to maintain their health and function for many more years than that.
If you’d like to learn about whether an implant supported restoration would be an ideal solution for your dental needs, contact your Hybridge provider today for a screening and consultation appointment.