WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A Dental Implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. This treatment involves placing (implanting) artificial dental roots made of titanium to the jawbone. A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gums) and the root (the part hidden under the gum). It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the natural tooth in place. The dental implant placed in the bone of the upper and lower jaw function as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Designed for toothless areas, this is a perfect treatment modality for a natural feel as well as aesthetic satisfaction.
When should you consider oral implants at Smile Essentials?
Anyone who has missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay maybe a candidate for Dental Implants. So When You
- Want the most effective way of restoring your chewing function and superior aesthetic results with your tooth replacement.
- Repairing chips or rough spots with fillings that match your teeth
- Do not want to have your natural teeth cut down, which is required in making a conventional dental bridge.
- Cannot tolerate, wear or chew well with your dentures.
- Have lost your back teeth making it impossible to construct a conventional dental bridge.
- Have a long toothless span which is not indicated for making a dental bridge.
Because of periodontal disease your adjacent teeth are too weak to take the load of a conventional dental bridge. You can consider oral implants
What are the advantages of placing an implant?
You can EAT BETTER.
It can perfectly restore the chewing function as you can feel the temperature and texture of food. A dental implant has the same strong chewing force as that of a natural tooth, thereby making it possible for you to chew on hard food as well.
• You can have IMPROVED APPEARANCE
When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process as they look and feel like your own natural teeth.
• You can have IMPROVED COMFORT.
Besides having excellent aesthetic results, they feel as comfortable as a natural tooth as they are anchored securely to your jawbone. Dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums
Irritation of the gum tissue adds to the discomfort. Since implants are secured to the jawbone, the dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial
• PROTECTING YOUR REMAINING NATURAL TEETH
With conventional bridgework, the teeth surrounding the missing teeth must be ground down. Dental implants eliminate the need to modify these teeth and their overloading, resulting in a conservative and aesthetic restoration. You can be relieved from the periodontal pain, cavities, discomfort and bad breath that are related to wearing dentures or bridges.
• IT PREVENTS FURTHER RESORPTION OF THE JAWBONE FOLLOWING TOOTH LOSS.
Unlike the rest of the human body, the virtual “youth” of the dentition can be preserved by the dental implants.
How long is the treatment period?
The surgery can commence after a thorough diagnosis and treatment planning, which might require sometime. It also depends on the type of dental implant treatment provided. For a conventional dental implant treatment, usually a healing period of 3 to 6 months is required for the jawbone to fuse with the implant, after which the prosthesis (crown) is constructed over the implant, completing the treatment.
Does it hurt a lot? Is the procedure safe?
Not at all! Since local anesthesia will be administered before the surgery you don’t feel any pain at all. We use NO PAIN local anesthesia at Smile Essentials which causes absolutely no pain and discomfort even while injecting the anesthetic. Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Pain which may occur after the surgery can be very effectively controlled with oral medications. Implants are absolutely safe and not harmful to the human body.
How successful is the treatment? How long can an oral implant last?
In view of the high success of modern oral implant treatment, an implant can be considered as a long lasting medical treatment option that does not need to be changed. The service life of an oral implant can however be affected by factors like aseptic protocols followed during the procedure, meticulous daily cleaning by the patient, regular professional maintenance, smoking and diabetes.