Dental Implants: A New Beginning

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are made of titanium and are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth for the attachment of teeth or dentures. Through a process called “osseo-integration,” the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time, providing tremendous stability and natural function.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If a patient faces the loss of one or several teeth or is dissatisfied with dentures or other options available, the patient may find that dental implants are the right solution. Age is not typically a major factor: successful dental implants have been performed on young people as well as the elderly. During the patient’s initial consultation, the doctor or the staff can help in the decision process. In general, the following factors are evaluated:

What Is Dental Implant Treatment?

Implant treatment is usually performed by a general dentist, periodontist, oral surgeon, or a team of these doctors. To devise the best treatment plan for the patient, a complete medical and dental history and a thorough oral examination, including x-rays, are obtained.

The surgical procedure is often performed in the dental office using local anesthetic. Depending upon the patient’s individual situation, other types of anesthesia may be used to ensure comfort. During surgery, each implant is placed within the jawbone to serve as an anchor for the support of the teeth being replaced. Immediately after surgery, the patient may be fitted with temporary teeth or dentures to provide function as normal as possible.

Specific post-operative instructions including oral hygiene procedures and a diet limited to soft foods are provided to assure the best possible healing. In addition, pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to aid in the healing process and to help alleviate any discomfort. Follow-up care is important during the healing phase.

Generally, three to six months are allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implants and hold them securely in place. Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implants, a small post called an abutment is attached to each implant. The post protrudes through the gum line and serves as an anchor for the attachment of teeth or dentures.

What Risks Are Involved?

Dental implant surgery has proved to be successful for hundreds of thousands of people over the years. Negative effects such as bleeding, infection, injury to the nerves or sinus cavity, or incomplete healing o the bone around the implant resulting in implant failure are rare. During the healing process, however, discomfort, swelling and inflammation of the gums – normal responses to oral surgery – may be present in varying degrees. If patients have questions about their individual situation or want to discuss what is considered normal in the healing process, the doctor or the staff will be happy to address any concerns.

What Type of Care Is Required for Dental Implants?

The care given to the dental implant makes a tremendous difference in overall patient satisfaction as well as the longevity of the implant itself. With proper oral hygiene habits – brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups – the dental implant will serve the patient well.

Which Implant System Should My Dentist Place In My Mouth?

The PerioSeal™ implant system was developed by a team of dentists and engineers with advanced training, research, and education in the field of oral health. PerioSeal™ meets all the FDA requirements as an implantable device and has histological, clinical and longevity research to support its use. The PerioSeal™ implant is the only implant system to use DNA microbial testing to support is safety. Therefore, based on research, clinical use, safety, longevity, and predictable results the PerioSeal™ implant is the implant of choice. Whether you are missing a single tooth or a complete set of teeth, you owe it to yourself to talk to your dentist about the many benefits PerioSeal™ can offer. With all the research information today, your dentist should be using the PerioSeal™ implant system; if not, why not?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are so natural looking and feeling most patients forget they ever lost a tooth. Because dental implants are patterned after the structure of natural teeth, they provide a highly stable support system for the replacement teeth or dentures. Other benefits include:

Tooth-saving. Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of adjacent teeth like a bridge does, because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More natural teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to oral health!

Improved biting pressure. Healthy teeth are able to absorb over 500 pounds of biting pressure per square inch. If a patient has worn dentures for a long period of time, the biting pressure may be diminished up to one-tenth that of natural teeth. Dental implants can often restore the natural amount of biting pressure as seen in healthy, natural teeth.

Comfort and fit. When dentures aren’t secure enough, they often cause sores in the mouth and an annoying clicking sound. Dental implants eliminate these problems, because the teeth are anchored securely to the implants that are in the jawbone. The teeth won’t slip and slide like unsecured dentures can.

Longevity and reliability. With proper oral hygiene and care, scientifically tested and approved dental implant systems have been shown to last as long as 20 years or more with few complications. The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Increased self-confidence. Because dental implants function remarkably like natural teeth, most people who have them experience a renewed sense of self- assurance once they realize they can again chew, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.

Esthetic. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures making it virtually impossible to tell a tooth has been replaced.

A FINAL WORD

Most people take for granted the work natural teeth perform over the years. They seldom stop to appreciate how easy it is to bite into a dense, chewy bagel or enjoy a succulent ear of corn on the cob. Teeth may function pain-free for decades, allowing confidence in talking, smiling and laughing. But when faced with the loss of teeth or the diminished ability of teeth to perform natural functions, it’s then the tremendous value of healthy teeth is appreciated.

Dental implants have helped hundreds of thousands of people regain the function and confidence they once took for granted. Although dental implants require a time commitment, a dedicated oral hygiene routine for optimal maintenance and a greater financial investment than that of a removable bridge or conventional denture, many people discover the end results – a healthy smile, comfort, greater chewing ability, improved appearance and self-confidence – make dental implants well worth the investment!