When it comes to tooth replacement options, dental implants are at the top of the pile. With the science behind them discovered by accident in the mid fifties and perfected in recent years, dental implants are designed to meld with your existing bone tissue, providing a stable, secure replacement dental root that acts as the base for an incredibly realistic dental crown.
Benefits of Dental Implants
In addition to looking completely natural, dental implants also offer a wide range of powerful benefits. Other tooth replacement options may rub on the gum tissue and cause discomfort, as well as contributing to further tooth loss and failing to prevent bone loss. But dental implants are independently supported, which helps to protect the strength of the dental arch. Dental implants also give patients a new sense of confidence, since they don’t have to worry about their false teeth slipping out of place. Some research has even shown that tooth replacement options like dental implants can improve nutrition, allowing patients to enjoy a varied diet filled with crunchy fruits and vegetables.
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Dental implants are also available in a range of styles and configurations, helping an implant dentist such as Dr. Brown customize tooth replacement options for each and every patient. For example, mini dental implants can be used when patients don’t have enough healthy jaw tissue for traditional dental implants, and implant supported dentures can be used when patients need a full bridge, but don’t want to worry about slippage.
Are You A Candidate for Dental Implants?
In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients need to be completely committed to a healthy dental hygiene routine. Because smoking can make it hard for oral tissues to heal, patients who smoke should also be committed to stopping smoking altogether, or at least not smoking during the treatment timeline. Patients who have taken bisphosphonate medications in the past such as Fosamax and Boniva may not be eligible for dental implants, since these medications can permanently alter the way the jaw tissue heals, which can put patients at risk for developing significant complications. The best way to determine whether dental implants are right for you is to request an appointment with The Perio Group to discuss your medical history, your dental goals, and your current condition.
Dental Implant Installation Timeline
Because installing dental implants involves a rather complex oral surgery, the procedure typically takes more than one visit, and can span several months. Your personal timeline will depend on your medical history and your current dental health. Here is a step-by-step explanation of the dental implant installation timeline.
Before your treatment begins, implant dentist Dr. I. Stephen Brown will meet with you for a dental implant consultation. These visits are used to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants, and will involve a comprehensive oral exam, X-rays, and other measurements. During this appointment, you can also talk with our staff to discuss your insurance coverage and payment options, so that you know what to expect.
Every smile is different, and sometimes tooth extractions or bone grafts are necessary in order to pave the way for dental implants. Tooth extractions are required if dental cracks go beyond the gumline, or if the tooth is too decayed to restore. In some instances, dental implants can even be placed on the same day as an extraction. However, if the area is infected, it may need time to heal before posts can be placed.
If bone tissue isn’t deep, wide, or healthy enough, bone grafts may be necessary in order to prepare the area for dental implants. During bone grafting, sanitized bone material or a synthetic substitute is packed into place around your natural bone, where it has the chance to heal and fuse to your tissue. If you need a bone graft, you may need to heal for between 3-6 months before implants can be installed.
The Placement of Implants
Once your mouth is completely healed and the bone and tissue is healthy and strong, you are ready to have your implant posts placed. These small titanium rods are surgically implanted into the bone tissue, and depending on your dental health, Dr. Brown may decide to cover them to give them more time to heal or add a healing cap to streamline final crown placement. Regardless, posts need between 4-6 months to heal and integrate with natural bone tissue before final dental crowns can be placed.
Follow-Up Appointments to Check Healing
After dental implant posts have been placed, Dr. Brown will need to meet with you in order to check the progress of your dental implants in Philadelphia. Any irregularities, unusual pain, or signs of infection should be reported immediately.
Appointment to Uncover Implants
If your dental implant posts were left buried under gum tissue, you will need to have an additional appointment to have them uncovered. This uncovering appointment usually occurs after about four months. During this appointment, a healing cap will be placed, which contours the gum tissue in preparation for the final crown.
Impressions and Abutment
Once all of your tissues have healed, you are ready for final impressions and abutments. Abutments are the collar that connect your dental implant posts to the final crown. During this appointment, Dr. Brown will take impressions of your gum tissue and talk with you about tooth color and final details. This information is then sent to the dental lab, where technicians will sculpt your final crowns.
After your crowns are back in from the lab, you will be asked to come in to have them fitted onto your dental implants. You’ll be able to talk and eat normally as soon as your final crowns are in place.
Implant supported dentures are a natural-looking, alternative method for tooth replacement that differs from traditional dentures. They are an excellent option if you have multiple missing teeth or lack the supportive structure needed for other types of dentures.
Implant supported dentures are attached to dental implants that are placed in the bone tissue. This gives the dentures a sturdy and secure foundation. Implants are a long-term solution suitable for anyone that has a strong enough bone structure to support the implants. The denture can be fixed firmly in place and treated with the same oral hygiene practices as normal teeth. You can easily remove the denture whenever you need to.
Many patients prefer implant-supported dentures because of these benefits:
- Dentures that are fixed in place allow for improved chewing, so you can enjoy any food you like
- They can last for a lifetime if cared for properly
- Implants offer a strong and stable structure that keeps the dentures from slipping
- No need for an adhesive
- Jawbone preservation to maintain functionality
- All implant supported dentures are custom made to match your tooth color and fit great, making them look natural
- Often more comfortable than traditional dentures
Once the implants are placed in the bone tissue, you must wait several weeks for the site to heal before the dentures can be worn. You can wear a temporary cap while you wait.
This exciting new solution to tooth loss can give you permanent teeth in just 24 to 48 hours. All on 4 is minimally invasive and much faster than dental implants that must be inserted one at a time and can involve a lengthy healing process.
All on 4 uses just four implants to support an entire set of teeth. The synthetic teeth restoration is placed on the implants and looks and functions just like natural teeth. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods again and smile with confidence. All on 4 are comfortable and simple to care for. They are also more affordable, making them an accessible option for most patients.
If you have lost all of your teeth and don’t like your dentures, discuss the All on 4 technique with Dr. Brown to discover if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Dental implants are an excellent method to replace missing teeth or to provide a solid foundational structure to support dentures. However, it takes a significant amount of time to place and heal from the implants before your new smile is complete. Teeth In a Day are exactly what they sound like. It’s an alternative method that gives you a complete restoration in just a single day.
First, dental implants are placed in your jawbone. It takes four to six for the upper jaw and only four for the lower jaw. Once the implants are completed, you will have a bridge fixed in place and a full smile once again. Teeth in a day can be either fixed in place or removable, depending on your preferences.
This fast process is done by using a 3D scanner to take images of your mouth to get the proper fit. The quick procedure saves you time and gives you your confidence back fast. You can return to your normal routine fast. It takes a few months for your new dental implants to heal, and you must attend your follow-up appointments to make sure the healing process is progressing normally.
The actual procedure happens in a single day, but you will need to see Dr. Brown for an exam and initial consultation to discuss the procedure with you and make sure you are a good candidate.
Mini dental implants are a new technology that allows you to have implants placed in just an hour. They are a simple and affordable alternative to traditional dentures that require messy adhesives and can be uncomfortable to wear.
Mini dental implants, or MDI, use miniature titanium posts that are implanted into your jawbone and mimic the function of tooth roots. The other part of the MDI System is the connector in the denture’s base. The connector is shaped like a socket that is made to receive the ball-shaped head of the titanium implants. You can have the MDI System done with local anesthesia or under sedation for greater comfort if you experience anxiety. This system is strong and secure and allows you to show off your new teeth with confidence.
If you are considering getting dental implants, you are likely concerned about the cost. It can be difficult to determine an average cost since the price of implants depends upon your situation and needs. Costs are calculated based on the number of implants you require, the type of implant you get, along with the cost of other procedures you may need before the implants can be placed.
Dental implants can be costly, but they can last for a lifetime if you take care of them properly. The longevity and many other benefits offset the initial cost and make implants a worthwhile consideration. When you take into consideration the number of additional treatments and procedures you may need over the years if you choose a different method, implants are quite affordable.
Implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth that can restore your confidence and have you looking and feeling great. Your new teeth function and look just like your natural teeth. They don’t require any specialized care and don’t require messy adhesives. Many patients prefer to pay a little more upfront to enjoy the lifetime of comforts and benefits that dental implants can provide.
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Although receiving dental implants can be a long process, the results are well worth the wait. With implants, you can enjoy a completely natural looking and feeling smile that is easy to take care of. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, make an appointment with Dr. Brown today!
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