What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small, medical-grade titanium posts used to help replace missing teeth or secure a loose, wobbly denture. Implants are used for the replacement of a tooth root or multiple roots. They are professionally secured into the jawbone, with the metal, titanium screw section of the implant becoming invisible under the gumline after properly implanted.
What Do Dental Implant Materials Consist Of?
The materials used in implant dentistry generally include lightweight titanium alloys, with titanium being a very commonly used metal for dental implants and other bone replacement procedures. Titanium is very strong and biocompatible, resulting in implants that can last a lifetime. Titanium works so well for implants due to its bone fusing properties, also known as osseiointegration. This property allows implants to restore lossed bone stabilization that occurs when a tooth is removed or missing. The success rate of a dental implant procedure is higher that most other surgically implanted procedures.
How Many Teeth Can Be Replaced by Implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a full set of teeth, depending on your mouth’s situation. A wonderful benefit of replacing missing teeth with implants is that this new implanted tooth will never risk getting a cavity! If all of your teeth are missing in either the upper arch or lower arch of your mouth, at least 4 to 8 implants will be required to properly restore your teeth bite and smile.
Can Dental Implants Make My Loose Denture More Secure?
Absolutely. Implants can turn a loose, uncomfortable denture into a comfortable chewing machine! A denture that is supported by a dental implant is is known as a type of overdenture, supported by and attached to the implants within the mouth. Depending on the situation, a denture can be implant-supported through the use of unique attachments that snap onto the supporting implant. This support can be for either the upper or lower jaw of the mouth. Of course, always make sure to remove and wash your denture and gums daily, as well as removing your implant-supported denture at night.
Are Dental Implants Dependable?
Dental implants are one of the most reliable medical procedures, and have continued to be extremely reliable since their widespread acceptance in the 1980s. The 10 year success rate for dental implants range from 85% to 98% depending on location and patient factors. The majority of implanted teeth still function after over 20 years of use and with proper oral hygiene care. The titanium material used in most implants is also extremely reliable and usually able to last a lifetime. Enjoy life without worrying about the quality of your new teeth!
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
It usually take 60 to 90 minutes to place 4 to 6 implants, which is enough implants to support a complete denture is necessary. The entire long-term process can last in the range of six to eight months, and possibly requiring 2 surgicial procedures, although advancements in implant surgery may allow one visit to extract and place implants. One implant procedure being an initial installation of the tooth implant, with use of local or general anesthesia if necessary or requested by the patient. The second procedural phase begins after the implant is successfully rooted or bonded to the bone. A small support post is then inserted, acting as an artificial tooth anchor, where the artificial crown or tooth is then applied on top during a short dental appointment.
Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?
The short answer is no. Patients are numbed through the use of general or local anesthesia when the implants are placed. Post implant placement, patients may require only moderate pain relievers like ibuprofen and Tylenol for any small, lingering pain.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many people are good candidates for dental implants. Unfortunately, not everyone is. You will need an oral examination and a 3D X-ray to determine if your mouth can use and sustain implants. Dr. Guy Deyton’s Kansas City dental office has everything you need to examine your oral health for a possible implant procedure, including the Galileos 3D X-ray to help make the right decision!