It is evident that many patients have heard of dental implants but few understand the details of what it means to get a dental implant. If you are currently missing one tooth or many teeth, dentistry offers many options that can help you fix your smile. The three big options that are available and commonly used are a removable prosthesis, a dental bridge with a fixed prosthesis and a dental implant. Of course, there is always the option to do nothing, and many patients don’t always consider this option, and truthfully many dentists do not either. Any time you have a tooth removed there’s always a chance that the surrounding teeth could shift or move over time changing your bite and your appearance. Dentists have no way of predicting if this movement or these changes will happen, and in some cases, we see no changes to the remaining teeth at all, and in other cases, we see large amounts of changes over time. If you’re someone who is only missing one tooth you may not see any changes in your bite your ability to eat or your smile. If this is the case, you always have the option of doing nothing and just maintaining what you have. In some cases, you can even have a combination of the two in some individual treatment plans where you could have a complete denture replacing the top or maxillary teeth and a partial denture replacing a few teeth on the lower or mandibular arch.
Fixed Dental Prosthesis
Another common option to replace one or more missing teeth is a dental bridge professionally called a fixed dental prosthesis. As the name implies it is fixed or always in the mouth in stark contrast to the denture option that is removable and should be removed daily. For simplicity thinks of two crowns over existing teeth on each side of the missing teeth space. The teeth that serve as anchors for the bridge have to be cut or modified so a crown can be fitted over the remaining two structures attached to these crowns are fake or placement teeth that fill the missing two spaces.
Dental implants are essentially metal screws that are surgically placed in the bone under your gum tissue. One thing to keep in mind as we dive deeper is that treatment approaches and techniques can vary per provider located in the mouth and individual considerations for you and your present oral condition. One of the most common approaches is a four-part process after a thorough examination and plan have been made. The first step is to surgically place the implant. Once the implant is placed holds itself in the jaw much like placing a threaded screw in a wall or a board that would hold itself a screw or healing cap is placed into the implant to prevent gum tissue or debris from getting inside the internal of the implant.
After Dental Implant Surgery
Immediately after the surgery, you will most likely have some stitches, and you may experience some swelling and discomfort after the implant is placed. It must be given time to heal, and during this healing process the bone around the implant remodels and attaches itself to the implant; a process we call osseointegration. This healing process allows the implant’s connection to the surrounding bone to become much stronger over time. This healing process can last anywhere from three to six months. After enough healing has occurred the dentist will then go back in and uncover the implant.
This is the second step in the process. This requires a small surgery to regain access to the implant that has been covered and healed the dentist will then place a healing abutment or a post into the implant. The soft tissue around the implant then begins to heal around that post or abutment and shape the opening of the implant.
At a third visit, the dentist will begin fabrication of the crown that will attach to the implant. This typically involves an impression of the area, and your case will be sent to a dental lab for fabrication. Although; some dentists may do digital impressions or make the crown in their office. The finished crown will then be seated at the last and final visit allowing you to leave with a brand-new tooth. Now keep in mind, that there are variations of the above-described process depending on your provider. There are also situations where an implant may be considered before losing your natural tooth you may have heard or read about immediate implants where the dental implant is placed on the same day as the existing tooth is removed.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures and bridges. The dental implant itself is placed surgically and essentially replaces the root of the tooth a crown can be anchored or attached to the dental implant, giving you a replacement tooth to fill the missing space. This means that the dental implant is the closest thing that we could use to mimic a natural tooth.
Dental Implant Placement
One big thing we see is patients who do not have enough room for the implant many times in these cases the remaining teeth around the missing tooth have shifted, so much of that space that was originally present. After the tooth was removed is now almost gone or it doesn’t have enough space to accommodate an implant and future crown. If this is you, you may require braces before implant therapy, or you may not have any good options to get an implant. An implant may simply not be the best option because the dental implant is placed surgically into the jawbone. You must have enough bone available at the surgical side to accommodate the implant after natural teeth are lost or removed the bone surrounding those teeth will resorb or shrink over time if you have been missing your teeth for a very long period. You may have lost a fair amount of bone from that area. Inadequate amounts of bone in the surgery site can make a dental implant more challenging but is not always a lost cause. With very little bone to place a dental implant, it would require the dentist or surgeon to find ways to bone graft in that area to provide adequate amounts of bone for the implant. In some patients, the amount of bone grafting necessary to facilitate implant placement is so much that the implant becomes a lesser option. Your dentists should evaluate the amount of remaining bone as part of your examination. For best long-term results you should have healthy gum tissue as well. If you are a patient who has had gum disease or periodontal disease in the past this could compromise your dental implant.
Dental Implants in Etobicoke
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