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All You Need to Know about Dental Implants


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A beautiful smile can have a significant impact on your confidence and overall well-being. However, missing or damaged teeth can often make you feel self-conscious and affect your quality of life. Fortunately, dental implants offer a reliable and long-lasting solution for those looking to restore their smile.Read on as we discuss everything you need to know about dental implants and their benefits.


What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a type of dental restoration that provides a permanent replacement for missing teeth. They are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support a dental prosthesis, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

It is typically made of titanium or another biocompatible material that is able to fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This creates a strong, stable foundation for the dental prosthesis to be attached to.


Procedure for Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery is a multi-step process that involves several visits to the dentist or oral surgeon. The procedure typically involves the following steps:


Initial Consultation

The first step in the dental implant process is a consultation with a dentist or oral surgeon. During this visit, the dentist will examine the patient's teeth and jawbone and determine whether dental implants are a suitable option for them. They will also discuss the patient's medical history and any medications they may be taking.


Preparation

Before the surgery can begin, the patient will undergo a dental CT scan or X-ray to help the dentist plan the placement of the implant. They may also need to have any remaining teeth or damaged tissue removed from the area where the implant will be placed.


Implant Placement

The actual implant placement is typically performed under local anesthesia, though sedation may also be used. During the surgery, the dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue and drill a hole into the jawbone where the implant will be placed. The implant, which is typically made of titanium or another biocompatible material, is then screwed into place.


Healing

After the implant has been placed, the patient will need to wait several months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone through osseointegration. During this time, the patient may wear a temporary denture to help with chewing and speaking.


Abutment Placement

Once the implant has fully fused with the jawbone, the patient will return to the dentist for the placement of the abutment. This involves making a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the top of the implant, and attaching the abutment—which serves as a base for the dental prosthesis.


Prosthesis Placement

Finally, the dental prosthesis, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, is attached to the abutment to complete the dental implant procedure.


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Types of Dental Implants

Let’s explore the different types of dental implants in detail.

Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are a type of dental implant that is used when traditional implants cannot be placed due to inadequate bone density in the jaw. This may be due to genetic factors, gum disease, or the result of long-term tooth loss.

They are anchored in the cheekbone (zygoma) instead of the jawbone and have a higher success rate. This allows them to bypass areas of the jawbone where bone density is lacking and provide a secure foundation for dental restorations. Zygomatic implants are longer than traditional dental implants, typically ranging from 30-55 mm in length.


All-on-4 Implants

All-on-4 dental implants are a type of implant-supported full arch restoration that replaces a complete arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Unlike traditional dentures, All-on-4 implants are a fixed solution that provides a more natural-looking and functional restoration.

This procedure involves the placement of four dental implants in the jawbone at strategic angles, which support a custom-designed bridge that is securely attached to the implants. The procedure allows for immediate placement of a provisional (temporary) prosthetic arch on the same day of surgery. The final restoration is typically fabricated and placed three to six months later—which is typically the time taken for the implants to fully integrate with the jawbone.


Mini and Short Implants

Mini and short dental implants are a type of dental implant that are used in cases where traditional implants are not possible due to insufficient bone density or space limitations. These implants are smaller in diameter than traditional implants and are designed to provide an alternative for patients with limited jawbone structure or who are not candidates for traditional implant surgery.

Mini implants typically have a diameter of less than 3mm, while short implants are generally between 6mm and 10mm in length. They are made of the same biocompatible materials as traditional implants, such as titanium or zirconia, and are inserted into the jawbone using a minimally invasive surgical technique.


Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits to dental implants including:


Bone Loss Prevention

Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they fuse with the surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. This helps to prevent bone loss and deterioration that can occur when teeth are missing.


Natural Look

These are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They are customized to match the color, shape, and size of the surrounding teeth, resulting in a natural-looking and seamless smile.


Easy Maintenance

They require no special care beyond regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. Unlike other teeth replacement options, such as dentures, they do not need to be removed for cleaning or maintenance.


Long-Lasting

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Unlike other teeth replacement options that may need to be replaced every few years, dental implants offer a durable and long-lasting solution.


Improved Speech and Eating Ability

Missing teeth can make it difficult to speak clearly and eat certain foods. Dental implants provide a stable and secure foundation for replacement teeth, allowing patients to speak and eat with confidence.

At The Family Dental Center, our experienced dental professionals are committed to providing high-quality dental implant services to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards restoring your smile with dental implants.

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