What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option for those who have lost their teeth. Dental implants take the place of missing teeth and help you maintain your oral health. Dental implants, also known as dental prosthetics, are made out of titanium and can be used to replace one or more teeth. Dental implants work by fusing with the jawbone so that they become stable in the mouth without moving around as dentures would do. Dental implants are a great tooth replacement option because they offer many benefits such as being permanent, natural-looking, comfortable, and long-lasting!
How do implants work?
Dental implants typically have three parts: the post, the abutment, and the prosthetic crown. Implants can be used in single tooth replacements, multiple arch replacements or even to support a full denture. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone or gums by a prosthodontist or dentist with general anesthesia in a procedure that takes about one and a half hours. The implant is then fixed to the area with a titanium screw.
Dental implants are one of the most effective and natural-looking ways to replace missing teeth. The dental implant replaces missing tooth roots with titanium posts that act as anchors for replacement crowns or other prosthetics.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implants give you back what we all want: your smile! Missing teeth due to injury or tooth loss is an unfortunate occurrence for many people every year. Dental implants allow us to replace missing teeth by providing support for artificial replacements so that they may look more natural like real ones did before being lost. They also help keep oral muscles and tissues intact since there's not as much pressure put on them when you bite down because the dental implants will hold up better than dentures would if it were just one piece of plastic.
Many people who have dental implants say it feels like their new tooth has always been there! The implant acts much like a real tooth root and it will feel like the tooth is your own. Dental implants can make you smile again!
Types of Dental Implants
Single Tooth Replacement
Single tooth replacement is the process of replacing a single missing tooth by either placing an artificial dental implant in the bone, securing it with a screw, and then attaching a new fixed false tooth to that dental implant. Single tooth replacements are typically permanent solutions as they only replace one missing tooth at a time.
Single dental implant placement is also often recommended for people who have experienced trauma, such as injury or decay, which has caused their teeth to fall out.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
When replacing two or more teeth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is often the best solution. It is also the only fixed alternative when replacing teeth in the picture above, where no natural teeth are present behind the space of missing teeth. Traditional partial dentures can't offer the same stability or function. Having dental implants replace your missing teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
Full Arch Replacement - All on 4
Full arch replacement is a dental procedure that replaces all of the teeth in your mouth with dental implants. These are also known as all on four dental implants.
When all teeth are missing, or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution.
Before dental implants, there was no fixed solution available for people who lost all of their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with only FOUR dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and highly esthetic solution- IN JUST ONE DAY.
The All-on-4 technique utilizes the patients existing bone to support immediate placement of replacement teeth on the dental implants. In the upper jaw, the two back implants are placed on an angle to avoid the sinus cavities (eliminating the need for sinus grafting). In the lower jaw, the implants are placed on an angle to avoid the nerve canal. The angled implants are also longer than regular implants maximizing the existing bone securing the implants and increasing the strength of the final replacement teeth. The two front implants are placed in the harder anterior (frontal) bone and when combined with the back angled implants form a secure structure to place replacement teeth that same day. Bio-mechanically, it would take twice as many straight implants to achieve the same Bite Forces and success rate as the All-on-4 procedure.
Dental Implants & Fixed Teeth in Just One Day!
The All-on-4 is a very complex procedure and requires the experience and the highly trained skills of a Prosthodontist and Oral Surgeon working closely together. At Pacific Dental & Implant Solutions, every All-on-4 case is planned with our 3D CT Scan and supports the highest level of care for precise dental implant placement and restoration.
If you have any more questions about dental implants. You can call our office at (808) 737-6150.