A dental implant is an artificial tool rooted into the jaw as a replacement for a broken or missing tooth.
People with a missing tooth due to any number of reasons, such as a periodontal disease or accident, are viable candidates for dental implants.
Types Of Dental Implants
Endosteal is the most common implant option and is fitted directly to the jaw bone.
In most cases, getting an endosteal implant involves the use of cylinders, screws, or blades surgically fitted into the bone, with each implant holding one or more artificial teeth.
Endosteal is a good option for people with removable dentures or bridges.
The Subperiosteal implants are fitted onto the jawbone with a metal framework protruding through the gum to hold the artificial teeth in place.
Dentists suggest this option for patients who do not qualify for conventional dentures and those with a minimal bone height.
Who Qualifies For Dental Implants?
Patients with excellent oral health are considered the ideal candidates for dental implants.
The patient should have an adequate bone height and density, which is necessary for the sufficient support of the implants.
Also, the dentists consider a healthy gum free from periodontal diseases.
Dental implants should have an intimate connection with the gums and underlying bone. As such, getting the implants should be under the expertise of periodontists, since they specialise in these areas.
Under the periodontists care, you will be in the hands of specialists that work with other dental professionals and have vast knowledge and training, as well as facilities needed to ensure you get artificial teeth and a dental correction that looks and feel natural.
So, you need the expertise of both a periodontist and dentist working towards your dream of a perfect smile.
How Is The Dental Implant Procedure?
Getting dental implants is a task that requires a team effort , the team being you, your dentist and a periodontist.
The two dental experts will consult with you to determine where the implants are needed, how and which are the best options.
Your periodontist will use the information collected during the consultation to create a treatment plan that suits your needs and requirements.
You might need a single implant and a crown if you have one missing tooth.
The periodontist will recommend bridges to support the implants when replacing several missing teeth.
All Your Teeth
The periodontist will recommend A full denture or a full bridge that supports the implants when replacing all your teeth.
The quality and quantity of the bone influence the success of the implant. Traditionally, the upper back jaw has been a difficult area for the successful insertion of dental implants because it is very close to the sinus and has an insufficient bone quality and quantity. As a result, sinus augmentation raises the sinus floor creating bone for the implants.
Inadequate bone that disqualifies a patient from getting dental implants may be due to deformities of the jawbones. The periodontist works around this by lifting away the gum from the ridge exposing the defects in the bones. The periodontist then fills the defect with a bone or bone substitute that increases the ridge.
The modified elevation increases the chances of successfully getting implants done and gives lasting results with an improved appearance.
What To Expect After The Dental Implants
It is important to maintain high-quality oral care at home and during routine dental checks after the implants have been fitted.
You should consider the implants like your natural teeth and treated as such. Brushing and flossing will still be necessary to ensure that your implants stay clean and free from plaque.
Your periodontist will work with your dentist to develop a suitable dental care plan and advice on the best practices. Therefore, schedule regular visits to the dental clinic to know the health status of the artificial and natural teeth and gums.
Carefully consider dental implants and listen to what the dentist has to say and recommends.