WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Dental implants provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable prosthesis (replacement teeth) that are made to match your natural teeth. They are manufactured from biologically neutral pure Titanium that is accepted by the human body and these implants fuse with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement.
Conventional implants are applicable to almost anyone who is looking to replace one, multiple, all missing teeth with a permanent restoration solution.
Conventional implants are done in 2 stages normally in 2 trips about 2 to 6 months apart.
Conventional implants may be done for most types of bone conditions. If there is moderate or severe jaw bone loss, bone grafting may be recommended prior to dental implantation.
Immediate implants are also known as one day or same day implants. This is the case where by dental implants is placed during the same time after teeth are extracted.
Crowns, bridge, dentures may or may not be placed on during same trip depending
on whether immediate loaded implants may be done.
Immediate implants are normally recommended only for cases with good jaw bone conditions.
Immediate Loaded Implants
Immediate loaded implants are whereby permanent or temporary crowns, bridges or dentures are placed during the same trip when the dental implant posts is embedded in jaws. Immediate loaded implants may follow after conventional implants or immediate implants. Immediate loaded implants are normally recommended only for cases with good jawbone conditions.
Benefits of Dental implants
- Improved self-esteem and increased quality of life
- Reduce size and construct a more natural functional bridge or denture
- No need to trim the adjacent teeth to form the conventional bridge
- The solid anchorage of the dental implant will allow you to increase your chewing pressure, so eat anything you want
- Improves speech as compared to having dentures
- Improved comfort relative to removable dentures
- Prevent further loss of teeth and bone support
- Improved and younger, natural appearance
- Improved oral health
- Durability. Implants are very durable and have expected lifelong replacement for lost tooth
- No slipping, sliding clicking dentures or worrying about your dentures popping out in embarrassing situations
Dental implants Restoration Types
Single Tooth Missing
The single tooth implant restoration consists of three parts. Namely, the implant post which replaces the tooth root, the abutment which will support the crown and the prosthetic crown itself. The crown is either cemented onto the abutment or held in place with a screw.
With today’s developments, there are a variety of implant systems, models and ranges available. Each line catering to the individualized needs of patients.
A single tooth implant with crown is one of the best permanent restorations. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
Multiple Tooth Missing
If multiple teeth are missing in different parts of the mouth, several single tooth implants are good replacement restorations.
If multiple teeth are missing within the same region, several missing teeth can sometimes be replaced with fewer implants because dental implants are stronger than the natural tooth roots. This solution includes having implant fixed bridges done.
An implant fixed bridge is very much like a conventional bridge except the support is actually over implants rather than natural teeth. The implants themselves act as man-made roots. A great advantage is that this is that it is self-supporting unlike conventional tooth-supported bridges that puts a heavier load on the remaining teeth.
All Teeth Missing
When all teeth are missing or in a condition that all teeth need to be replaced, there are two basically types of full arch implant reconstructions options:
- Fixed bridges anchored to dental implants
- Implant Supported Dentures
- All-on-4 & All-on-6
- Zygomatic Implants
Fixed Bridges anchored to dental implants. With today’s technologies, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution similiar to having a new set of teeth again.
Implant Supported Dentures.Implants allow you to wear full dentures (overdentures) and partial dentures without worrying that they will slip or fall out. Having implants to support these dentures also means that the base of the denture can be made much smaller and more comfortable. For overdentures, implants with screws placed in the jaw will serve as attachments for a metal bar, which will help support a removable denture.