Dental Implants Can Rectify Your Crooked Teeth
Missing teeth have an impact not only on your dental health but also facial appearance. Spaces in your gums will force the surrounding teeth to shift causing additional wear on the teeth and breakage. Having a dental implant will help prevent the teeth from shifting as well as fix your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Denture implants are permanent artificial teeth that are surgically fixed on your jawbone to support the crowns. These implants are made of titanium which is durable and can last for decades if well maintained. The chief advantage of dental implants is that the adjacent teeth don’t need to be ground, as is the case with veneers.
Denture implants are more expensive than most dental treatments, however, it is the only dental option that can promote bone growth.
Types of Dental implants
When you visit our dental clinic, the dentist will assess your oral health to determine which dental technique is suitable for you.
These implants are surgically fixed directly into the bone, and it takes six weeks for it to heal and the implant to be completely fused to the bone. Once fully recovered, the artificial tooth will be attached.
These implants are fixed on the gum but above the jawbone. They are suitable for people who don’t have enough natural bone to support the implants and don’t want to have a bone graft to rebuild the bone.
Dental implants require thick jawbone to support them. So, if you lack the required bone support, the dentist will discuss with you the several techniques for rebuilding it such as;
- Bone grafting. This procedure involves restoring your jawbone to support the implant. The bone used can be from your chin or hip, a cadaver, or animal.
- A sinus lift involves adding a bone block on the upper jaw and below the sinus. This procedure is done if you have severe bone loss in the upper back jaw.
Alternative dental implants procedures
The dentist may also recommend other alternative techniques depending on your jawbone health.
Some of the options include;
- Same-day dental implants also called immediate load to allow placement of a temporary tooth on the day of the appointment. This technique is suitable if you have enough natural bone.
- Mini dental implants are narrow implants that are fixed to stabilize the lower jaw.
- The all-on-4 technique involves placing the implants on the available bone. This procedure allows you to get implant support, without bone grafting.
Dental Implant Surgery
Before you get dental surgery, our dentist will assess you to determine your eligibility;
- You have good oral hygiene
- Sufficient bone in the jaw
- Missing one or more teeth
- You are 16 years and above
The surgery will involve different steps;
- Initial consultation
On your first appointment, the dentist will do a dental exam using x-ray and 3D imaging scans. The dentist will also take an impression of your teeth.
Your dentist may discuss with you the possibility of bone graft if you are a candidate. A bone graft will take between four and 12 months.
- Implant Placement
The dentist will fix the implant on your jawbone, and the process can take 1-2 hours. Thereafter, the implant will undergo osseointegration, which takes five to seven months.
- Placing the abutment
This is a bridge or connector that connects the implant and the crown. The dentist will take another impression of your teeth with the abutment in place. You will also get a temporary crown, as you wait for the permanent teeth to be fixed.
The final stage involves the placement of the permanent crown.
Dental implant surgery has potential risks which can affect how long the implants last. Some of the complications include infection, nerve damage, and loosening of the implant.
The dental surgery lasts for months depending on the severity of the bone loss, if any. Once the surgery is done, you need to practice good oral hygiene and eat the right diet to support the durability to the implants.