Titanium is one of the most common materials that are used to make dental implants. Dental implants are proven effective and safe ways to replace a patient’s tooth root, which is the very foundation of a natural tooth. Dental implants can form the sturdy and stable base for your replacement teeth as they are placed in the jawbone and integrate or fuse with your natural bone.
Dental implants can also be made to fit one’s unique requirements, varying in different heights and sizes. For example, there are sizes such as standard and narrow. The latter is also known as the mini size. To determine what option is suitable for you, your dental implant professional will advice you whether your tooth or teeth needs a replacement.
What types of dental implants are available?
There are two main types of dental implants you should know:
• Subperiosteal implants: The implants are fitted under your gum but on or above the jawbone. These can be used in dental patients who possess a shallow jawbone and prefer not to undergo an invasive surgery procedure to rebuild it.
• Endosteal implants: These are typically placed in your jawbone, and they tend to look like small cylinders, screws or plates. Most dental patients for this type of implant.
Single tooth restoration
There is nothing better than a long-lasting option to restore a missing tooth, which is a dental implant that can be fitted with a crown. Traditional ways of replacing a single tooth with a dental implant has to be completed over several visits. During such visits, one has to either get a replacement tooth or custom-made crown. Additionally, extra visits are required for patients to get a placement of the abutment, if one was not placed in previous visits.
When seeking single tooth restoration services, more often than not, you will need to go through a consultation and planning session. These sessions include an initial examination and imaging of your current teeth, as well as questions that pertain to your medical and dental history. After which, your dentist can recommend suitable treatment options for you. Dental implants are important as they can be a viable substitute for a missing natural tooth root.
Dental implants can proceed with or without a built-in abutment, which is a connector that’s built into the top of an implant and attached to the replacement tooth. During the period of having a dental implant, a temporary tooth can be placed until the aforementioned forms a strong foundation with your natural bone; to accommodate your replacement tooth without problems. After such sessions, most patients can return to work the next day. One can usually use common pain medications, if discomfort is felt after completing the above procedure(s).
Multiple teeth restoration
Dental implants can be used in conjunction with implant-supported fixed bridges or individual crowns when restoring or replacing multiple teeth. The aforementioned are able to give your teeth a level of functionality, feel and fit that is not possible with other conventional treatment options. Multiple teeth restoration processes can usually be completed over several visits:
• Discussing the available treatment options, sharing details of your medical and dental history and imaging of your teeth. All these are included in the initial exam of your planning and consultation sessions
• Placing abutments or small extensions that help connect your replacement teeth to the top of each implant, if necessary
• Placement of a fixed bridge to support incoming implants
• Placement of a crown, or custom-made replacement teeth
Full arch restoration
Some patients might prefer an alternative other than having full dentures. Patients undergo bone augmentation procedures to grow enough bone to support their dental implants. Once there is substantial bone, several dental implants can be inserted along the patient’s jawbone to support a fixed bridge. This process is somewhat similar to multiple teeth restoration procedures, but requires more planning, accurate diagnosis and positioning before commencing the said treatment. No one is certain on the exact number of the required implants, as it varies from one individual to another.
Many factors have to be taken into consideration, and they include the number of teeth being replaced, the opposing teeth, the size of the jaw and the type of bridge needed. If all of the teeth in both or one jaw are already missing, then the patient can insert a complete arch of implants. However, remaining teeth needs to be extracted before any implants can be inserted; implants can be inserted at the same time during extraction. Procedures that involve fixed bridges often have a higher success rate, provided there is careful positioning and planning done by the dentist or surgeon.
At Dao & Associates, we provide dental services which include dental implants. We believe that these implants provide better support and can be secured more comfortably than other treatment options.