What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to counter tooth loss. They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or an entire upper and/or lower jaw of teeth. Dental implants are
man-made replacement for the root of the tooth, crafted to be similar in shape and size to a natural tooth root. 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 is the material of choice for dental implants due to its strength, durability
and its ability to fuse to bone over time. The process of the bone fusing to the implant’s surface is called osseointegration. The bone cells attach themselves to the implant
during this period of healing.
The success rate of dental implants is greater than 95%. Success is typically defined as a healthy, functioning implant for at least a 10-year period. Dental implants should
be expected to maintain their health and function for many more years than that.
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 are reliable and have a 95% or higher success rate.
⇒ Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth and therefore, they are the closest thing to natural teeth.
⇒ Dental implants allow you to eat all the foods that you would with natural teeth.
⇒ Dental implants may also improve appearance, speech, self-esteem, and be life-changing.
⇒ Dental implants provide a long-term solution to your dental problems and often last a lifetime, where bridges usually must be replaced.
⇒ Dental implants are fused to bone and permanent, while dentures are removable. The fusion to bone provides stability and 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.
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.
By replacing one single tooth and avoiding the conventional bridge
approach, the adjacent teeth are preserved. A single implant easily
provides patients with a beautiful and healthy smile.
Multiple Dental Implants
When missing more than one tooth, multiple dental implants are an ideal replacement option. Dental implants look, feel and function just like normal teeth, which means
that patients experiencing tooth loss can again enjoy the function and aesthetics of healthy teeth. Patients often share they are again eating their favorite foods, smiling
with confidence, and feeling secure in their appearance and oral health.
Benefits of single and multiple dental implants include:
• Dental Implants look and functions like a natural tooth.
• The gums, jaw and surrounding teeth will not be negatively impacted.
• 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.
Full Arch Implants
Full arch dental implants are the ultimate solution for patients who are missing a large portion 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 several teeth, we understand the impact that can take on your health, confidence and happiness. Dr. Gregory Bennett and the team at Arvada Dental Center offer world-class care so that you can get back to the life you love.
Dental Implants and Bone Grafting
Because dental 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. Dr. Bennett 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 to support a dental implant, bone grafting can be a solution.
Lack of bone is usually caused by one of the following reasons, tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Lack of bone causes your bone to recede. Bone recession will continue until almost all your bone is gone.
Bone grafting material, typically “mineralized, freeze-dried bone”, is placed in the location where bone needs to grow. This is sometimes necessary in 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.
Bone grafting is usually done under IV sedation. During your body’s normal maintenance cycle, special cells will replace the damaged cells with healthy, new cells, allowing bone to grow. Once your bone has grown sufficiently you will be ready to proceed with your dental implant procedure.
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 a few 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.