Dental implants are the latest innovation when it comes to replacing teeth roots. Dental implants provide a biocompatible artificial root that is extremely strong and in many cases life-lasting. The implant serves as the foundation for a fixed or removable dental crown. According to the latest research in dentistry, dental implants procedures have a 98% success rate.
When are dental implants the best option to replace one or more missing tooth?
In general, anyone who lost a tooth or more than one tooth in consequence of periodontal disease or for other reasons is a candidate for dental implants. When a tooth is missing, in time there is a gradual loss of bone that was holding the tooth. This does not happen immediately but the more a patient waits to seek for a tooth replacement, the more the bone decreases in length and height. Such process results in both functional and aesthetic problems, especially in patients with multiple tooth losses.
Dental implants, once surgically placed, stabilize the jawbone preventing further bone loss and act as a support to the tooth replacement that will be placed on top of the implant, or, in case of multiple teeth missing, supporting bridges and dentures.
However, there are some health issues that will have to be considered before undergoing a dental implant procedure. For example, patients with certain conditions such as severe diabetes, heart disease, cancer, patients undergoing radiation therapy or with a very damaged jawbone structure may not be viable candidates. In any case, our team of dental specialists will do everything they can to find the best possible solution for any patient, regardless of his or her health conditions and issues.
What are the advantages of dental implants in comparison to classic dental crowns, bridges or dentures?
What does the procedure involve?
- Feels, fits, functions and looks like a natural tooth
- Long term solution - in many cases a life time solution
- Face shape and smile retention as it prevents jawbone loss
- Healthy teeth protection as an implant does not require to be anchored to adjacent teeth
- Speech improvement
- Eating gets easier and more enjoyable
- More convenient solution in the long run as implants do not require restoration
A team of highly trained specialists in oral surgery and restorative dentistry will decide on the best implant option that matches the patient’s needs and health conditions. During the first stage of the procedure, a small titanium post (root implant), will be placed into the bone socket where the tooth is missing. During the healing process, the jawbone will grow around this post just to provide a very stable root to hold the new tooth. The healing process lasts from 6 to 12 weeks.
In phase two, an abutment - which is a small post that will connect the implant root to the tooth, is attached and the dentist proceeds to making a model of your bite. This model serves to design the tooth or teeth that will be attached to the previously placed abutment or abutments, depending on the number of implants.
The new artificial teeth (dental crowns) will look and feel like your natural teeth, matching the color, the feel and the function of natural teeth.Is the procedure painful?
The surgical procedure during which an implant is inserted into the bone socket is done under local anesthesia and is not painful. The patient may feel a little discomfort during the healing process but most patients report that getting a dental implant is less painful than undergoing a tooth extraction.How long do dental implants last and what is their cost?
If cared for properly which means that dental implants require brushing, flossing and dental check ups just like natural teeth do, dental implants can last a life time. In terms of costs and convenience, dental implants may not appear as the most convenient solution at first but considering that this is a life solution, in the long run implants are more convenient than any other restorative treatment.