This is an example of an immediate load implant. Dr Pohl removed the fractured tooth and then placed an implant. The implant then had a temporary crown made so the patient did not have to go toothless.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically attached to your jaw, and it holds a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support, and they are also stable and permanent. Implants are a good solution for tooth loss as they look and feel like natural teeth.
The implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that work with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants; one is placed directly into the jawbone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited; a custom-made metal framework ,therefore, fits directly on the existing bone.
Can anyone receive dental implants?
It’s important to talk to your dentist about implant candidacy. You must be in good health and have the proper bone structure along with healthy gums for the implant to stabilize. People who can’t wear dentures may also be good candidates. If you suffer from the following chronic problems, clenching or bruxism, systemic diseases such as diabetes, the success rate for implants can decrease dramatically. Additionally, people who are smokers or drinkers may not qualify.
What can I expect during the procedure?
The dentist must perform surgery to attach the “artificial root” to your jawbone. The procedure is done in the dental office with local anesthesia. Medications may be prescribed for soreness.
How long does the process take?
The process can take up to nine months to complete. Advancements in technology have shown decreasing healing times. Each patient heals differently, so healing times will vary. After the screws and posts are surgically placed, the healing process can take up to six months, and fitting replacement teeth up to two months.
What is the success rate of implants?
The success rate for implants depends on the tooth and mouth location. The success rate is about 95 percent for the front lower jaw and 85 percent for the sides and rear of the upper jaw.
How do I care for implants?
Your overall health may affect the success of your dental implants. Poor oral hygiene is a big reason why some implants can fail. It is important to floss and brush around the fixtures at least twice a day. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your new implants. Additional cleanings of up to four times per year may be needed to ensure gum health.
What is the cost of implants?
Since implants surgeries are involved, they are more expensive than traditional bridgework. However, some dental procedures may be covered by dental and medical insurance policies. Your dentist can assist with this process.
Is my dentist trained in implant therapy?
Trained dentists who have an extensive practice of the procedure can perform this kind of implant. Your dentist may conduct or consult with a team of dental health specialists to produce the results desired. Ask your dental practitioner about their training in implant therapy.
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