at Capital Periodontics and Dental Implants
Capital Periodontics can help put a smile on your face by replacing compromised or missing teeth with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw of similar dimensions to a tooth root placed into the jaw bone to act as a root of an artificial tooth. Over a period of two to three months following implantation the bone cells around the implant produce bone mineral against the implant surface and there is a biological “cementation” of the implant into the bone. This process is called osseointegration and is a dynamic process – that is, the supporting bone for the implant constantly undergoes the normal process of renewal as it does throughout our skeletons.
After a healing period which varies slightly from person to person, depending on bone density and procedural variables, the implant is tested for osseointegration and an appropriate dental restoration is constructed and fixed to the implant via an intermediary component called an abutment. The abutment is screwed into the implant and the restoration may also be screwed to the abutment or cemented in a similar fashion to a conventional tooth crown.
How Can They Help Me?
Dental implants can provide solutions for a range of tooth loss situations:
A single compromised or missing tooth.
Replacement of groups of compromised or missing teeth with an implant supported bridge or multiple individual implant supported crowns as an alternative to partial dentures.
Replacement of a complete arch of missing teeth in the upper and lower jaw as an alternative to conventional full dentures. This may take the form of a full arch bridge directly connected to, and supported by, a number of dental implants, or a denture stabilized by a number of implants to greatly enhance the denture’s retention and stability during chewing. This allows denture wearers to enjoy a much wider range of food types.
How successful are Dental Implants?
What are the risks of failure?
Are Dental Implants always the best solution for missing teeth?
How are Dental Implants placed?
Is there much discomfort following the placement of Dental Implants?
Placement of dental implants is not usually associated with much post-operative pain. In the first six to eight hours following the procedure, some discomfort is experienced which is well controlled with analgesics. Swelling of the lips or cheeks of the gum tissue around the site can be expected for several days. This swelling is variable and more related to additional soft tissue procedures that may be required rather than the actual implant placement. The likely post-operative course should be discussed with your periodontist, as it will depend on the type of implant procedure that is planned.
What are the limitations?
Can a Dental Implant be placed at the same time as the tooth is extracted?
Dental implants can be placed at the time of tooth extraction. This has the advantage of reducing the number of procedures required to replace a compromised tooth. However, it is not always desirable to have “immediate” replacement of teeth by dental implants as the success of an implant is dependent on initial stability of the implant in the extraction socket. Allowing an extraction socket to heal for even six to eight weeks will result in bone healing within the socket to ensure primary stability of the implant. Similarly the presence of an acute infection associated with a badly compromised tooth should be resolved following tooth extraction and before the placement of a dental implant.
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