First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary option can be worn over the implant site.
The next step of the procedure is to uncover the implant and attach an extension. This small metal post, called an abutment, completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
There are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require this second step. These systems use an implant which already has the extension piece attached. Dr. Mansbridge will advise you on which system is best for you.
Finally, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you by Dr. Mansbridge and attached to the abutment. After a short time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
If you are missing several teeth, implant support bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots
Is Everyone a Candidate for Dental Implants?
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dental surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant and show a commitment to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, patients suffering from uncontrolled chronic diseases, or patients who have undergone radiation therapy to the head or neck need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Dr. Mansbridge and Dr. Swaida will review your health history with you to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant treatment.
What are the risks involved in dental implant treatment?
Rarely, the implants may fail to integrate (fuse to the jaw bone) and need to be removed. In most cases, replacement implants can be placed after a few months. Complications such as infection, delayed hearing, jaw joint injury, or muscle spasm are also a general risk of dental surgery. Temporary or rarely permanent numbness of the lip, gum, or chin can occur as a complication of dental implant treatment.
Other Procedures that make Implants more Successful:
A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. If you have lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants.
Sinus Augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for the new bone to form. In one common technique, an incision is made to expose the bone. Then a small circle is cut into the bone. This bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity, much like a trap door, and the space underneath is filled with bone graft material Both Dr. Mansbridge and Dr. Swaida can explain to you your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.
Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop fora bout 4 to 12 months before implants can be placed. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time that the sinus is augmented.
Sinus Augmentation has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure.Bone Grafting and Ridge Modification is another technique that can improve your chances for successful implants.
A Radiant New Smile
Modern dental implants benefit from decades of research and development in the field. A lifetime success rate of 95% is expected in most cases. If your implant fails to integrate (fuse to the bone), then it can usually be removed and replaced with another implant in a few months.
To discuss a complete set of new teeth on dental implants, call Dr. Mansbridge at (905) 662-6700. We are your complete dental surgery office for all your dental needs in the Hamilton region (including Stoney Creek, Ancaster, and Dundas).
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