Dental implants are the best and most scientifically successful way to replace missing teeth. They offer a permanent Fix to hold removable partial or complete dentures in place. Dental implants replace your entire tooth, using artificial titanium roots and teeth. After the implant is added the artificial tooth is added on top. The teeth attached to implants are made to match your other teeth so no one will know you had tooth replacements.
ARE IMPLANTS RIGHT FOR ME?
If you are self-conscious due to missing teeth, wear dentures that are very uncomfortable and tedious, or don't have teeth that are strong enough to place a bridge, speak to your dentist about an implant.
Implants are popular and by far the best way to replace missing teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile, usually lifelong. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. The implant is compatible with bone and will be allowed to integrate with the bone over three to six months. They are posts that are surgically inserted in the upper or lower jaw where they function as foundation that solidly holds the artificial teeth.
Implant Secured Denture
LET'S GO TO THE NEXT STEP
If you are interested in implants talk to your dentist first.
A through review of patient's medical health is important to assess healing. Your medical health is more of a factor than your age. The process of getting an implant takes several months, it starts with x-rays and impressions which are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone and gum tissue . Top of the line CT scan technology is used to ensure that you will get a naturally looking smile.
THE PROCEDURAL STAGES, 4 STEPS
Most patients find that an implant is secure, stable and a good replacement for their own tooth. There are generally four phases to getting an implant:
First, under local anesthetic, implants are surgically positioned into the bone of your upper or lower job. A cover screw over the implant is placed. The gum is carefully re-positioned.
Next, usually 3 months later, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegrated means 'combines with the bone', and is a process that takes time. Some patients may need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, sometimes up to six months. The cover screw is removed, and a healing collar is positioned on the implant. The purpose of the healing collar is to make perfect gum architecture for the implant crown, a natural tooth profile.
4 weeks later, the healing collar is removed and an impression for the final healing crown is placed.
Finally 2 to 3 weeks later it's time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth, or the implant crown. For a single-tooth implant a crown will be manufactured. The crown will be based on size, shape, colour and fit and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are placing more than one tooth then a bridge or denture is customized to fit the implants.
Note: The replacement teeth will take some time to make, in the meantime you will be provided with a temporary bridge or denture.
All Over Denture - 4 Tooth Replacement