What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, and most insurance carriers typically cover less than 10 percent of the fees.
The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:
- Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.
- Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.
Teeth in One Day or Inmediate Teeth
After performing the necessary clinical and radiological study, the Implantology specialists at the Maxili Facial decide which cases are candidates for the new technique known as “Teeth in One Day”, or “Immediate Teeth”.
This method consists of placing the dental implant and attaching the crown simultaneously on the day of the surgery itself. This reduces treatment time considerably. The quality of the patient’s bone and the dental implant, and the experience of the maxillofacial surgeon, are key to the success of this new technique.
THE ADVANTAGES OF TEETH IN ONE DAY OR IMMEDIATE TEETH
This new methodology offers many benefits for the patient:
- The waiting times for dental implant placement and prosthetic rehabilitation are reduced from 5 or 6 months to just one day.
- The aesthetic and functional results are immediate.
- Fewer interventions are carried out than with the conventional process of dental implant placement, thus considerably reducing the number of visits with the specialist.
- Surgical intervention in these cases is much less invasive.
- The postoperative phase is shorter and less painful.
- The results last over time.
- The treatment is less expensive.
Before and After
Oral Care Specifics to IMPLANTS
If you are considering implants, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, you may require a bone graft. Or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may require a sinus lift.