How Dental Implants Work

Diagram of the three parts of a dental implant.Ever wonder what it would feel like to have your natural teeth back? You don’t have to live with dentures for the rest of your life. There are many options and dental implants could be the right cosmetic and practical option for you if you want a tooth restoration that feels and looks exactly like natural teeth.

The technology of dental implants has advanced tremendously over the last few years. The types and methods for insertion of dental implants have improved with the advent of new, advanced technology. Both patients and clinicians benefit from this by being able to choose a tailored set of teeth to satisfy your specific needs.

South Florida residents rely on Sedation Dental Spa to handle their cosmetic dentistry needs. With offices in Miramar and Lighthouse Point, our team is ready to handle any and all of your dental needs. Read below to learn how a dental implant procedure is done, what types of dental implants are available, and the benefits of each.

Dental implants are the best solution for a permanent smile.

Prosthetic (or – false) teeth are held in place by suction and bonding agents. For a long time, this was the only alternative to replace missing teeth. In 1965, the first titanium dental implant procedure was done by Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish physician. This procedure soon became the standard for dental implants. It not only provides a permanent solution but also provides a natural tooth function and feel.

So, how is this possible? It’s because of how your bones heal. Most of us believe that bones stop growing once we become adults. Bone tissue, which is living tissue, is constantly in the process of repairing and replacing damaged and worn cells.

The two most common dental procedures used.

The most common method used for a dental implant is called osseointegration. Small holes are drilled into the jaw to place the dental implants. Implants are small screws; this beveled surface allows for bone tissue to grow in the tiny gaps in the screw. New bone tissue forms slowly around dental implants within 3-4 months. This stabilizes the implant and fuses it with the jawbone. Once the implant has been placed, it is as solid as a natural root tooth.

Subperiosteal Implants are a less common method that places the implant below the gums, above your jawbone. These implants are great for patients with low jawbones who don’t want to have to undergo bone reconstruction. Once the implant has been placed and the bone has healed around it, a prosthetic crown can then be attached.

What dental implants are made from.

Titanium has been the industry standard in dental implants since the 1960s. Titanium implants are one of the most popular and reliable medical devices, with a long-term success rate of 94-97%.

Zirconia is often used in jewelry to look like diamonds. It is available in the form of zirconium oxide (ZrO2) for dental use. This material is considered ceramic. It does however contain trace amounts of hafnium, yttrium to enhance its properties. Meaning, it is not 100% metal-free since there are still metal atoms within the product.

The pros and cons of both types of dental implant materials.

Titanium Implants

Pros:

● Two-piece titanium implants are available. This is useful if you need to align your implants.
● It is believed that titanium implants have a lower failure rate than zirconia implants.
● These implants are highly resistant to corrosion and biocompatible with bone and gum tissue.

Cons:

● Metal ions from implants can cause inflammation and irritation in patients suffering from certain autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.
● Before getting a permanent titanium implant, patients who are allergic to metal should have their condition evaluated.
● The implant may not look good if the tissue surrounding it is thin.

Zirconia Implants

Pros:

● The material can easily be colored to match the patient’s natural teeth, making them very attractive. This is especially important when replacing a front tooth.
● It is compatible with human tissue.
● They are strong and have decent resistance to fractures.
● They are resistant to corrosion and wear well.
● Bacterial attraction is very low.

Cons:

● Patients who will require any adjustments after the placement of an implant should avoid zirconia. Any grinding on the implant’s surface can cause it to fracture.
● The material can crack over time and begin to deteriorate.
● The material is only available in single-piece implants. A metal option may be required if a patient requires a two-piece, aligned implant.

What goes on top of the implant.

A restoration is placed on top of a dental implant. This restoration is typically a single crown that replaces one tooth. Dental implants can support multiple missing teeth, including a bridge or secure dentures.

Single Crown
A dental implant is most commonly used to replace one missing tooth. One crown and one post are required. A single tooth dental implant might be the best choice for you if you have one or more missing teeth that are not next to each other.

Implant-Supported Bridge
A bridge is typically composed of two crowns, one on each side of the missing tooth gap, and an artificial tooth between them. An implant-supported bridge connects to dental implants and has crowns that attach to the teeth. This process is the same as a single-tooth dental implant. The only exception is the missing teeth in the middle of the gaps will not be attached to an implant, making a “bridge”.

An implant-supported bridge is a way to replace multiple missing teeth securely in one row, without having to replace each tooth. However, the jaw under the “gaps” may lose some bone mass.

Implant Dentures
A denture is an artificial structure resembling a set of teeth. The denture rests on the gum line and gives the appearance of having a full set. Traditional dentures are removable and can slide, click, fall out, and cause discomfort in everyday tasks like eating and speaking.

You can fix this problem by getting dental implants to permanently attach your denture. Your dentist will place four implants along the arch of your gumline. Your current denture can be altered to fit while you recover so that it doesn’t interfere with the healing process.

Once the bone has healed, you will be given a denture that attaches to your dental implants. This creates a permanent, secure, custom-made denture.

Dental implants may be a viable option if you are missing one or more teeth. You can learn more about dental implants and the options available to you by clicking here to set up an appointment. Sedation Dental Spa provides complete dental services including emergency appointments. We also provide Botox treatments and sleep apnea appliances. Treat yourself to the most rewarding dental experience available. We can give you the smile you always wanted with no pain and in complete comfort in just one visit. Financing is also available. No wonder we have so many 5-star reviews!

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