Dental Implants are a modern method of replacing missing natural teeth. Nowadays they have become a routing and highly predictable form of treatment with high success rates. Implants are placed regularly at our practice.
What are implants?Implants are made from surgically pure titanium, which also has a proven track record in hip replacements. They are placed into bone under the gum and perform a similar function to natural tooth roots. Implants are small and hidden from view inside the mouth.
Many people have just one or two missing teeth leaving unsightly gaps or perhaps they wear a small plastic or metal denture. With implants there may no longer be a need for a gap or denture.
What can implants do?Implants can be used to anchor artificial teeth in the mouth. This means that crowns (caps) and bridges can be fixed in the mouth where teeth are missing. A common problem for denture wearers is the full lower denture with no grip. Just two implants in the mouth with small retentive anchors inside the denture can overcome this.
Sometimes it is necessary to perform more complex procedures to place implant (click to read more):
Sinus lift is a surgical procedure which aims to increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw bone, in the area of premolar and molar teeth, by sacrificing some of the volume of the maxillary sinus. When a natural tooth is lost, whether through dental decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma, the alveolar process begins to remodel. The edentulous (toothless) area is termed a ridge, which over time usually loses both height and width. Furthermore, the level of the floor of the maxillary sinus gradually becomes lower. Overall, this leads to a loss of volume of bone which is available for implantation of dental implants, which rely on osseointegration. The goal of the sinus lift is to graft extra bone into the maxillary sinus, so more bone is available to support a dental implant. In our clinic for sinus lift procedure we are using innovative technology from Dentium. Dental instrument kit specially designed for less invasive and safe sinus lift technique. It helps us to reduce chair time and decrease post-surgery discomfort for patients.
For dental implants to be successful, the jawbone must have enough bone to support them. Tooth loss often leads to more loss of bone over time. If the bone under your gum is not tall enough, not wide enough or both, you will need a procedure to add bone to your jaw before implants can be placed. Bone augmentation is a procedure used to "build" bone so that dental implants can be placed. These procedure involve grafting (adding) bone or bonelike materials to the jaw. The graft can be your own bone or be processed bone (off the shelf). After grafting, you have to wait several months for the grafted material to fuse with the existing bone before placing implants. Several different procedures can be used for bone augmentation. Your dentist will select one depending on the type, location and number of implants to be used. In our clinic we use synthetic bone grafting material Osteon from Dentium. It is safe, effective and predictable augmentation material. Osteon has proved its effectiveness in many years of use in dentistry around the world..
The success rate for bone grafts in the jaws for the purpose of placing dental implants is very high. However, there is always a chance that the bone graft will fail. Dentists don't know why some bone grafts fail. They do know that certain people—such as those who smoke and those with certain medical conditions—have higher risks of graft failure than others do. A failed graft will be removed. Once the area has healed, your dentist may choose to place a second graft.
Procedure of alveolar ridge expansion or spreading is necessary when buccal bone plate was fractured during the extraction of front tooth and the site is anticipated for implant placement. Laterally, there is not enough bone volume for implantation. The spreading procedure will be performed at the same time of implant placement, using the special spreading instrument kit from Dentium.
In some situations explained above procedure allow us to place implant avoiding bone augmentation. For patient it means that shorter period of time necessary to get new tooth.