A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root that is used to support a single tooth or a group of teeth. A dental implant is shaped like a screw and surgically placed into the jawbone to secure a replacement tooth, a dental bridge, or implant retained dentures.
A dental implant may be the best tooth replacement available. Dental implants are made from surgical grade hypo-allergenic titanium and anchored surgically into the jawbone. In a process known as "osseointegration", the jawbone will fuse with the dental implant making it an extremely strong tooth root replacement.
Advantages of Dental Implants
When a tooth's root is diseased or has been damaged beyond repair and the jaw can no longer support the tooth, the best replacement may be a single-tooth implant consisting of an artificial dental crown that is connected to the implant with a post or abutment.
Implants are the restoration of choice for replacing missing teeth. Fixed and removable implant retained dentures also immediately available as teeth in a day / all on 4 implant retained dentures provide patients with superior denture retention and function.
Dental Implants have none of the negatives associated with bridgework or conventional dentures. Dental implant(s) can fully restore the biting and chewing force as natural teeth.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure Time Frame
- Time to complete - Dr. Clausen usually requires three to four dental visits to place the dental implants and for the placement of the permanent dental crown. The fabrication of dental crowns / bridgework may take between four to six weeks and additional healing time may be required taking up to eight weeks for the procedure.
- 1st procedure visit - Dr. Clausen will X-ray and then decide with his oral surgeon the placement location for the dental implants. Molds for crowns and/or bridgework are taken and sent to a dental lab.
- 2nd visit - The oral surgeon will perform the implant placements. Dr. Clausen may fabricate a temporary bridge and/or crown for the implant until the permanent restoration is ready.
- 3rd visit - Healing / progress visit.
- 4thd visit - Dr. Clausen will remove the temporary bridge or crown and replace it with the permanent dental prosthetic.
There are a few methods of placing dental implants. Procedure method is based on the patient's age, supporting jawbone structure, dental health and the patient's unique situation. The placement procedure and the healing time vary from person to person. Depending on the patient’s condition, a temporary immediate functioning tooth can be placed after surgery.
Dental Implant Placement Methods
The feasibility of dental implant placement requires conventional X-rays to evaluate manually placed implant locations.
Unloaded dental implants procedure
Dental implants are placed into the jaw then allowed to heal for several months before attaching dental crowns or bridges.
Loaded dental implants procedure
“Teeth in a Day” is an immediate loading procedure where teeth are extracted, and prosthetic teeth are attached the same day. Not all patients are candidates. Age and health with determine if the procedure is a viable option for the patient.
Single Dental Implant
All Teeth Implants
Dental implant Risks
The biggest risk associated with dental implants is periodontal implant infection. Attention to oral hygiene and continued checkups are crucial to long-term implant success.
- Implant Positioning - If the placement of the implant is not in an optimum location, the integration process may not progress properly.
- Breakage - Implants are very strong, but they can fracture or break
- Infection - Gum or bone infection
- Smoking - Smoking decreases necessary blood flow for proper healing and impedes the body's the healing ability
- Poor Oral Hygiene - Peri-implantitis around dental implants is similar to how gum disease forms around a natural tooth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to infection, especially in the early post implant stages of healing.
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