Dental implants are a versatile treatment that comes in different forms for different dental problems. The most common type of dental implant is single-unit implants, but other alternatives are available and they provide unique benefits.
Being one of the most sought-after treatments in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, dental implants are the most ideal solution for tooth loss. Whether you opt for 4 implants to replace an entire jaw of teeth or seek multiple-teeth replacement that uses dental bridges and implants to replace a series of teeth; you’ll find success with the treatment.
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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are popular prosthetics in dentistry that function to replace missing teeth. They consist of 3 main units: the root, the abutment, and the crown. The root is what your dentist inserts in your jawbone and is also the feature that promotes healthy blood circulation and prevents bone loss.
Following the placement of the root comes the abutment; which is a very small piece that acts as a secure junction where the root and the crown connect.
Types of Dental Implants
- Single-unit dental implants
- All-on-4 dental implants
- Immediate implants
- Multiple teeth replacement
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants always have a root regardless of the type. And this root is not only important for anchor, but it is necessary for your oral health. Here are some unique oral health aspects that dental implants can produce over other alternatives for tooth loss:
1- Prevents Bone Loss
Dental implants encourage circulation around the jaw bone and this in turn strengthens the tissue in the area. Due to tooth loss and the consequent absence of the root, the area lacks elements that apply pressure and stimulate circulation.
Over time, the decreased blood flow reflects on the jaw through loss of density and bone tissue.
Since dental implants come with a root that your dentist places within your jaw, it prevents the bone in the area from wearing down.
2- Prevents Displacement of Teeth
When you lose a tooth, you should seek its replacement. This is because after a while the neighboring teeth will begin to migrate closer to one another in an attempt to close off the gap. So over time, even your natural alignment will shift causing more aesthetic problems.
Front Tooth Implant
Front teeth are very sensitive because they influence your entire smile. This is why you should opt for the most natural-looking crown material for your front tooth implant. The best option is E-max crowns, made from porcelain, E-max crowns have a unique composition and design to transmit light similar to natural teeth.
That being said, any porcelain veneer will provide a natural appeal but E-max remains the best.
Dental Implant Healing Stages
Throughout a dental implant treatment period, there will be around 2-3 healing stages. Most patients will only go through 2 stages of healing.
The additional healing period comes from bone grafting, which is a procedure that only select patients need. In order to sustain the implant, your jawbone should have enough bone density. When this is not the case, dentists perform a small procedure called bone grafting where they take bone tissue from any place on your body and transfer it to your jaw.
Following this, your jaw has to heal before your dentist can resume the treatment. Next comes the placement of the root, which will require a healing period of 2-3 months. Last but not least, you have the placement of the abutment which heals within 2 weeks.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants have a longevity period of over 10 years. For this reason, many consider them a good investment. Although, you will find that with different crown materials, the longevity period may vary. So it is best to break down the survival units between root and crown. The root can last u to 20-25 years, and depending on the swiftness and skill of your dentist, the root may never need any touch-ups.
On the other hand, you have the crown. As we discussed above, there are numerous crown materials in the market as of late. Of course, some are more durable and others more aesthetically pleasing. But on average, you can expect your crowns to last between 10 to20 years.
It goes without saying that you will need to take care of your dental implants as you would your natural teeth. While the dental implants themselves will not decay. You must remember that the gum tissue around the implants is prone to cavity and disease.
Many people assume otherwise, and for this reason; do not take care of their oral hygiene. The aftercare for dental implants is not anything overwhelming. All you have to do is brush your teeth twice daily, floss, and use an antibacterial mouth wash. This ensures that bacteria don’t live and release byproducts that can harm the living tissue in your mouth.
Keeping the tissue around your implants healthy ensures their survival as well.
What Do Dental Implants Look Like?
Dental implants look like a whole tooth, except artificial. The three-part structure resembles an entire tooth from the root up to the crown.
The root can come in several designs but is usually tapered or carrot-shaped. There are many brands on the market that are currently leading the industry.
You have Nobel Biocare implants which have a tapered design mimicking natural teeth. They are highly stable, their structure facilitates their loading, and they have mechanical strength making them durable.
Straumann is another popular option for a root implant, and it stands out by being extremely biocompatible with very high survival rates. Its unique composition facilities healing and speeds recovery.
Finally, you have Swiss implants, which have a unique structure. The manufacturers of the Swiss implants double etch the root and this gives the prosthetic a smooth surface. As a result, the root provides gingival protection, short recovery time, and smoother bone-implant integration.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant procedure is a multi-step process that proceeds in a particular order. Since a dental implant is a 3-unit structure with a root, an abutment, and a crown. Your dentist has to apply all these pieces individually.
Starting with the root, since it is the pieces that will give anchor and support for the crown, your dentist will place it first. For the placement of the root, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic and then make a small opening on the surface of your gum down to the jaw. Because of the effect of the anesthetic, you will not feel any pain or discomfort from the process.
After making the opening, your dentist will insert the titanium root and close the opening. The root implant will require some time to heal and blend with the jawbone in 2-3 months.
Once the root heals, you will visit your dentist for the second step which is the placement of the abutment. To place the abutment, your dentist will make a small opening to expose the surface of the root, which is where the abutment will go. Within 2 weeks, you will have another appointment with your dentist to finally place the crown.
The crown placement requires an intricate design process. Because it is the portion of the dental implant that is visible and the one you will use as well. Therefore, both appearance and fit are crucial. At Dentakay we use digital design to achieve the most precise and comfortable design for you.
There are also a number of materials from which you can choose. The most popular are zirconia and porcelain. For aesthetics, porcelain is undefeated; hence they’re most ideal for front teeth dental implants. Whereas zirconia is the strongest making it ideal for posterior teeth. From the design to the placement, this process takes around 5 days. Opting for 3D printing can reduce the period by 3 days at least.
Why Choose Dentakay?
Dentakay takes pride in customer satisfaction and leads by having a personalized approach when it comes to each patient. Our services are not only top-notch in quality but are also cost-effective. We keep both patient’s preference and budget in mind while designing the enitre treatment plan. Our services include dental implants as discussed but also same-day dentistry, partial and complete dentures as well as braces.