Implants

By: Lord Dufferin Dental  09-12-2011
Keywords: teeth

Do I need a single tooth implant?
An implant is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth and keep a good-looking smile. An artificial tooth is attached to the implant. 
After A Tooth Loss
Placing a dental implant after a tooth's been lost can prevent a chain reaction of problems that could affect the entire mouth. Teeth need each other for support. When a tooth is lost, it changes the biting forces on the teeth next to the space, causing them to shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing that tooth, as well. As your bite changes, it becomes increasingly difficult to chew your food, possibly damaging your jaw-joint, the TMJ. It's much harder to clean teeth that have shifted. Harmful plaque and tartar collect in these new hard-to-reach places, causing cavities and the permanent bone loss that comes with gum disease.

Implant Advantage
A bridge is another way to solve the missing-tooth problem. But two advantages of an implant over a bridge are that the teeth next to the space aren't affected with an implant as they are in the preparation for a bridge. Also, the implant helps stop the ongoing bone loss that occurs once a tooth has been lost. A missing tooth really changes a person's smile, but a dental implant can replace the missing tooth and greatly improve your smile!

A Single-Tooth Implant - The Procedure 
Restoring the mouth with a dental implant is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implant. It is left under the gums for several months so the bone can attach to it. After healing, the second phase begins; the implant is re-exposed, and the new crown is made.

First Phase
For the surgical placement of the implant, you will be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth is numbed. An incision is made in the gums and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant attaches securely to the bone. 
Second Phase
This starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in the gums and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line. Your dentist will then begin a series of appointments to create your new crown. Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, your dentist will make precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the new crown.

The success of the implant depends on the care you provide at home, and the support you receive through regular checkups and cleanings.

Lower Jaw Implant (no teeth present)
When lower teeth are lost, the bone in the jaw continually recedes. Even worse, there are nerves passing through these holes in the jaw that can end up on the surface of the bone. If this happens, there is a great deal of pain when you bite down.

Fortunately, it's usually possible to place implants into the lower jaw. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth.

One way to use implants on the lower jaw is to connect the implants with a bar, and then put clips into a new lower denture. These clips snap onto the bar and keep the denture from rocking and shifting. A denture, like this one, can still be removed for easy access and at-home cleaning of the implants and bar. Another option is a lower bridge. It may be cemented in, or held in place by screws. Using dental implants to support either a lower denture or a bridge will keep the pressure off the bone and nerves. The implants also help stop the bone loss in the jaw that continues once teeth have been removed. Securing your teeth with dental implants can make a world of difference. You can eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.

Lower Jaw Implant Procedure 
Restoring your lower jaw with dental implants is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. They're left under the gums for several months while the bone attaches to them. After healing, the second phase begins. The implants are re-exposed and the new teeth are made.

Phase 1
For the surgical placement of the implant, you'll be given nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation to relax you. Then your mouth is numbed. An incision is made in the gums and a hole is made in the bone to receive the implant. After the implant is snugly in place, the gums are closed over the implant with a stitch or two. Over the course of the next few months, the implant becomes attaches securely to the bone. 
Phase 2
The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums, and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gumline. Your dentist will then start a series of appointments to create your new teeth. Though some of the steps might be different your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, your dentist makes precise working models of your mouth which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the teeth.

The ultimate success of implants depends on the care you provide at home, and the support they receive through regular checkups and cleanings.

Upper Jaw Implants
If you just cant wear your upper dentures comfortably and you suffer a constant pain or a persistent "gaggy" feeling or your upper dentures just don't stay in place, then you don’t have to suffer. In such cases, implants may be the answer. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. Bone in the upper jaw is continually lost once teeth have been removed. Implants help to stabilize the bone.

There are several ways to use implants on the upper jaw to replace a denture. One way is with a modified denture that's open on the palate. It clips to a bar that connects the implants. You can removed this device for cleaning by yourself at home. Another option is a bridge. It may be cemented in, or held in place by screws. Securing your teeth with dental implants can make a world of difference. You can eat, talk, laugh and smile with confidence. 
The Procedure
Restoring the upper jaw with dental implants is accomplished in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of the implants. They're left under the gums for several months to allow the bone to attach to them. After healing, the second phase begins.  
The second phase starts with surgical exposure of the implant. Another incision is made in your gums, and a small extension is placed to raise it above the gum line. Your dentist will then begin a series of appointments to create your new teeth. Though some of the steps might be different in your case, they usually include making impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, your dentist will make precise working models of your mouth, which are carefully mounted for proper alignment. The last step is the placement of the teeth. The ultimate success of implants depends on the care you provide at home, and support you receive through regular checkups and cleanings.  
Alternatives To Implants
Implants are often used to replace missing teeth. If you decide against implants, there are a few other alternatives. · Partial dentures · Bridges · Full dentures · Delaying treatment

If you have some remaining teeth, a partial denture may be an appropriate alternative. A partial denture is held in place by clips or other special attachments. It can do a nice job of replacing missing teeth. A bridge might also be a good alternative if there are teeth remaining next to the affected tooth. There are several types of bridges, but they all use the neighboring teeth as anchors. If you now wear a denture, replacing or relining it may allow you to continue to use it. Delaying a decision is always an alternative, although it's often not the best one. But you may decide to wait while you consider your options.

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