Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems. Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
Before Placing an Implant
Not all people are good candidates to get dental implant. You must be in good health, have healthy gums, and have enough bone in your jaw to allow an implant to be placed in the jawbone. A dental professional will examine you and determine if you are suitable to get an implant.
Some people are interested in getting implants to replace teeth that have been missing for years. Others may need implants to replace teeth that were extracted recently because of severe decay, periodontal (gum) disease, infection or injury. In some cases, the teeth can be extracted and the implant placed at the same time. However, if you have a severe infection in a tooth root or your gums, your dentist may wait a few months after removing the teeth to allow the area to heal.
Before a dental implant is placed, you may need to have the bone in the area built up to increase the chance of success. This is a common procedure called bone grafting or augmentation. If a bone graft is done, you will need 4 to 12 months to heal before having the implants placed in your jawbone. You can wear dentures or a bridge during this time, so you won't be without teeth.
Placing the Implants
Most implants are placed using a two-step process, although some newer implants can be placed in one step. What follows, is a description of how the two-step process works.
You may be given antibiotics and pain medication to take before the surgery. Your dentist will use local anesthesia for the procedure and will offer you sedation if you want it. You can be sedated by taking medication by mouth, or through an intravenous line (a needle attached to a small tube placed in a vein in your arm).
To place the implants , the surgeon first will make an incision (cut) in your gums to expose the bone. He or she then will drill a hole in the bone for the implant, and place the implant in the hole. The surgeon probably will take an X-ray of the area to make sure the implant is where it should be. The surgeon will then stitch your gum closed over the implant.
The time required for this procedure depends on the number of implants being placed and whether or not bone grafting is being done at the same time. In most cases, placing a single dental implant requires about one hour. You will feel some pain after this procedure. The level of discomfort depends on the person, but generally it has been described as relatively mild.
drill a hole in the bone for the implant, and place the implant in the hole
If the implant is placed in the front of your mouth, your dentist will give you a temporary denture or bridge so that you do not have to be without teeth. He or she will discuss options with you before the surgery.
After the surgery, your surgeon will give you antibiotics and pain medication. He or she also will give you instructions to follow. These will include:
• Don't spit, suck on straws or smoke. This can dislodge blood clots and slow healing.
• Eat only soft food to avoid injuring your gums.
• Don't try to clean the implant area for the next one to two weeks, but clean the rest of your mouth normally.
• Your dentist may give you an antibacterial rinse to help keep the area clean.
• You will return to the surgeon 7 to 10 days later to have your stitches removed.
After the implant is placed in your jaw, you will have to wait several months for the bone to bond with the implant. This usually takes 3 or 4 months in the lower jaw and 5 or 6 months in the upper jaw. During this time, the head of the implant usually remains hidden under your gum.
After the implants have integrated (attached) with the surrounding bone, you are ready for the second surgery. After giving you local anesthesia, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum to expose the implant. He or she will remove a protective screw from the implant and replace it with a metal healing abutment (collar). The healing abutment looks like a small metal cylinder that sits above your gums in the area where your tooth would be. It maintains the space so that the gums heal correctly around the implant.
In a very small percentage of cases, the implants will not have successfully bonded with the bone. If this happens, your dentist either can remove the implants and immediately replace them with slightly wider ones, or remove them and allow the area to heal for several months before making a second attempt.
Some dentists are now using one-stage implants . These implants are placed in the jaw and remain exposed in the mouth so that no second surgery is needed.
Generally, you will go to your dentist or prosthodontist two or three weeks after the second surgery to start the process of having your crown, bridge or denture made.
At Caoha Dental Clinic, we offer all high quality dental services including: Implant Dentistry, Orthodontics, Esthetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, etc. In addition, there are some other types of treatment such as: Treatment of dental pulp, wisdom teeth, treatment of temporomandibular disorders, treatment of bad breath, etc. With a wide range of services and highly qualified dentists, we are always ready to "Make sure of healthy smile".
• Quality: Treatment quality first
• Service: Your satisfactory is our pleasure
• Fee: a reasonable cost ensure treatment qualit
We always listen, understand your dental needs and work closely with you to achieve the perfect smile of your dreams.