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Dental implants are widely spread throughout dentistry and have become mainstream for many patients. In the past, patients were presented other options…go without a tooth or teeth, wear a removable denture, or have a cementable bridge made.Dental implants have allowed for a great additional option which does not cut down existing teeth, and is strong and unmovable. Unfortunately, many of us forget that dental implants need to be cared for and maintained just like  natural teeth.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an artificial tooth root (usually made of titanium) that a periodontist or oral surgeon places into your jaw to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, support  a bridge, or support a denture (making it more comfortable and secure).

Dental implants are an ideal option for people in generally good oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, fracture or decay. Dental implants are actually more tooth saving than traditional crowns and bridges, since dental implants do not cut down healthy teeth or rely on adjacent teeth for support.

Sufficient bone, and good overall health will give you the best prognosis for ideal oseointegration, (the way bone fills in around the implant for strength). Dental implants are intimately connected with the underlying bone and gum tissues in the mouth. So, proper fit, good occlusion, and excellent oral hygiene are necessary for long term success. With technique and material advances, dental bone grafts are now more successful than ever and can be used to augment your natural bone. Periodontal disease, diabetes, bleeding problems, etc. can cause difficulty in placement, healing and longevity of the dental implants. Be upfront with your dentist regarding health issues so that the proper steps can be taken to give you the highest chance of success. There is an increased risk of failure in patients who are smokers. For this reason, dental implants are frequently placed only after a patient has stopped smoking.

Top Tips For Caring For Your Dental Implants

-Toothbrushing. Usual toothbrushing applies. It is recommended that you brush twice a day but it is even more beneficial to brush after every meal if that is possible.

-Flossing. Yes, flossing is important even with dental implants. Flossing is able to clean around the dental implants along the gum line. Just because the dental implants cannot get tooth decay it does not mean you cannot lose them. Bone loss is still possible around the dental implants which can lead to their loss.

-Maintain Regular Dental Visits.  Dental implants should be cleaned with different types of dental instruments as not to scratch the surface. They should again not be cleaned with ultrasonic or vibrating dental instruments of any kind. It is important to examine the dental implants at least once per year along with your regular professional cleaning schedule. Your dentist will evaluate the bone levels along with the soft tissues and occlusion. The important takeaway here is to have frequent examinations to catch any issues that might arise early enough so proper corrections can take place.

-Use A WaterPik. A great way to clean around dental implants is to use WaterPik.  The WaterPik is a water spray that cleans in between and around the teeth. But keep in mind again too much pressure may cause damage to the pocket so keep it at the lowest level possible. Recent studies have shown the WaterPik to remove up to 145% more debris than regular dental floss alone. Periogen in the waterpik can help remove tartar buildup around implants making it easier to keep them clean.

-Do Not Smoke. Smoking has been known to decrease oxygen flow to the gum tissues. This results in delayed healing, deterioration of the oral tissues, and bone loss. Bone loss and inflammation will cause your implant to loosen and fall out. If you want to protect your investment, do not smoke.

-Avoid Extremely Hot Liquids. Dental implants are made of metal and metal has ability to retain heat more readily than our oral tissues. If you drink extremely hot liquids, the metal of the dental implant  may heat up from the liquid and stay hot. The heat may cause a burning of a thin layer of cells around the implant. With repeated small damages this may cause inflammation around the implant. This is not backed by research, but is worth mentioning.

Caring For Dental Implants Conclusion

Just like your natural teeth, dental implants should be maintained if you wish to keep them. With proper maintenance, both at home and in the dental office, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants can strengthen, and enhance your smile for years to come.

Dental implants have revolutionized the replacement of lost teeth. They are safer, longer lasting, and more cost effective than traditional dental bridgework and dentures. Below you will find some common questions about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial titanium implant used to emulate the tooth’s root in the bone. A replacement tooth (dental crown) is placed on top of the dental implant to replace the missing tooth or teeth in your smile. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge, or even a complete denture.

What Are The Advantages Of Dental Implants?

Dental Implants have the ability to provide the following life changing benefits:

-Dental Implants Feel Natural. They look and feel like your own teeth.

-Similar Maintenance As Natural Teeth. Not only do they feel comfortable but they are maintained just like our natural teeth. This includes brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings.

-Restored Chewing Ability. Dental implants allow you to chew all your favorite foods without pain/discomfort or fear.

-Improved Communication. With a full complement of teeth your speech will be improved.

-Conservative Treatment. Any surgery is rarely considered conservative but in this case it is. Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework.

-Cosmetics. Dental implants have the ability to restore a lost smile making you more attractive to others.

-Preserving Bone. When teeth are lost, the bone in the jaws remodels and shrinks. When dental implants are in place the bone levels stay where they should maintaining a healthy bone structure in the face and jaws.

-No Tooth Decay. Dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay.

-Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem. With a renewed smile, you will feel better about yourself and confident in knowing you can smile fully.

How Many Dental Visits Will I Need For Dental Implants?

This depends on the individual patient’s tooth replacement needs. Generally 1-2 visits are necessary to diagnose and formulate a comprehensive dental implant treatment plan. Appropriate record taking (including models, x-rays, and possible 3D CT Scan is done as well as a thorough physical examination with the entire team of clinicians that includes the surgeon (periodontist or oral surgeon) and the cosmetic dentist. Then usually one or two surgical procedures are performed, each of them requiring 1 or 2 post operative visits.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Pain or discomfort is usually quite minimal if any at all. After placement of the dental implants, the amount of pain or discomfort experienced typically ranges from mild to moderate and is controlled with appropriate over the counter and prescription medications.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants can and should last a very long time. Although nothing is forever, dental implants can last a lifetime. It is the dental crown, dental bridge, or denture that often wears down over time as a result of the extreme forces placed on it from chewing. As a result, dental crown replacement is necessary on average every 10-15 years. Factors that contribute to dental implant failure include:

-Failed Integration of Dental Implants - This occurs when the bone of the jaws does not grow and fuse between the threads of the dental implant. This fusion between the bone and dental implant is called osseointegration. If osseointegration does not occur, the dental implants will become loose, or come out completely. To reduce this risk, your implant dentist will evaluate the quality and quantity of the jaw bone prior to surgery. This will allow the implant dentist to only place dental implants in areas where there is an increased success rate. If osseointegration does not take place, the dental implants can be removed, and implant surgery can be tried again following complete healing of the area.

-Dental Infection (peri-implantitis) –  While rare, this is the most common complication of dental implant surgery. The surrounding bone and gums can get infected during or after the placement of the dental implants. This can happen due to poor surgical technique, a contaminated implant, poor healing ability (diabetic, smoker, osteoporosis medications). The most likely time for this to occur would be during the surgical placement of the dental implant into the bone. Implant infection is a condition referred to as peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is characterized by inflammation or swelling of the tissues surrounding the dental implant. Peri-implantitis can also show up as a secondary infection later on. It is a form of periodontal disease that can lead to inflammation, bone loss and implant failure if not treated quickly and properly. Although dental implant infections are usually caused by the presence of bacteria during or immediately after the oral surgery for the placement of the dental implants, an implant infection can occur months or even years after the dental implants are placed.

-Damage To Surrounding Tissues - Dental implant complications related with surgical errors affecting adjacent teeth, nerves or sinus are directly connected to the experience and skills of the implant dentist. An implant dentist with the proper skill and experience is able to identify potential problems by examining x-rays or CT scan (computer tomography), design the proper treatment plan (including ideal location and angle), and execute it properly without complications. Even with the most experienced implant dentist there is always a possibility of dental implant complications. It is important to note that with experience comes an understanding of what can happen. This is important because an experienced implant dentist will be able to easily handle any complications that might come up either at time of surgery or afterwards.

Can Anyone Tell I Have Dental Implants?

No one can but you and your dentist will know that you have a dental implant. Even the patient themselves will not feel the dental implant in the jaw bone. The only way to know is with an x-ray which shows the dental implant in the bone.

What Is The Success Rate Of Dental Implants?

Studies have shown the success rate to be over 98% for all dental implants.

Dental Implants Conclusion

Dental implants are a mature technology with a very high success rate. If you are missing a single teeth or multiple teeth it is in your best interests for your long term dental health to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. They are highly predictable giving you the ability to restore your smile easily.

 

 

Dental implants have changed the way both dentists and patients look at tooth loss. One of the major advantages of dental implants is their longevity. The more traditional treatments like dental bridges generally last anywhere between 10-15 years or so. While dentures can last longer but need constant adjustment. Dental implants with proper care can last a lifetime.

How To Care For Dental Implants?

Dental implants can fail for any number of reasons. The usual culprits can include periodontal disease, poor dental hygiene, and smoking. Dental implants are considered to be a failure if they show any movement at all. This movement can occur when the bone and gum tissues surrounding the dental implant break down.

Listed below are a few simple steps you can do to help protect the stability of your dental implants:

-See Your Dentist Regularly For Routine Examinations And Professional Cleanings.

-Maintain Dental Hygiene. This should include brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once per day.

-Use An Antibacterial Moutwash. This will diminish the amount of harmful oral bacteria in the mouth.

Factors That Lead To Dental Implant Failure

-Failed Integration of Dental Implants - This occurs when the bone of the jaws does not grow and fuse between the threads of the dental implant. This fusion between the bone and dental implant is called osseointegration. If osseointegration does not occur, the dental implants will become loose, or come out completely. To reduce this risk, your implant dentist will evaluate the quality and quantity of the jaw bone prior to surgery. This will allow the implant dentist to only place dental implants in areas where there is an increased success rate. If osseointegration does not take place, the dental implants can be removed, and implant surgery can be tried again following complete healing of the area.

-Dental Infection (peri-implantitis) –  While rare, this is the most common complication of dental implant surgery. The surrounding bone and gums can get infected during or after the placement of the dental implants. This can happen due to poor surgical technique, a contaminated implant, poor healing ability (diabetic, smoker, osteoporosis medications). The most likely time for this to occur would be during the surgical placement of the dental implant into the bone. Implant infection is a condition referred to as peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is characterized by inflammation or swelling of the tissues surrounding the dental implant. Peri-implantitis can also show up as a secondary infection later on. It is a form of periodontal disease that can lead to inflammation, bone loss and implant failure if not treated quickly and properly. Although dental implant infections are usually caused by the presence of bacteria during or immediately after the oral surgery for the placement of the dental implants, an implant infection can occur months or even years after the dental implants are placed.

-Damage To Surrounding Tissues - Dental implant complications related with surgical errors affecting adjacent teeth, nerves or sinus are directly connected to the experience and skills of the implant dentist. An implant dentist with the proper skill and experience is able to identify potential problems by examining x-rays or CT scan (computer tomography), design the proper treatment plan (including ideal location and angle), and execute it properly without complications. Even with the most experienced implant dentist there is always a possibility of dental implant complications. It is important to note that with experience comes an understanding of what can happen. This is important because an experienced implant dentist will be able to easily handle any complications that might come up either at time of surgery or afterwards.

What About The Dental Restorations?

Following placement of your dental implants and proper healing your dentist will place a dental restoration on top of them. These restorations can include dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. These restorations will eventually wear down from the constant mechanical forces placed on them through biting and chewing. Fortunately, these dental restorations will last years before needing replacement.

Dental Implants Longevity Conclusion

It is important to note dental implants can be a complex procedure requiring the need for an experienced implant dentist.In order to ensure the best possible outcomes, you should always work with a highly skilled and experienced implant dentist who makes dental implants a primary focus of their practice. With regular dental care maintenance, your dental implants could and should last a lifetime.

Dental implants are designed to allow you to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The dental implants act as the foundation for the dental restorations built upon them. These restorations can include dental crowns, dental bridges, dentures. Dental implants have become the standard of care when replacing missing teeth. They are highly succesful and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Dental Implant Options

Generally, there are two different types of dental implants in use today:

Regular Size Dental Implants. These standard dental implants are the dental implants of choice for most treatment. These dental implants can be used in a variety of situations like single tooth replacement, dental bridge for multiple tooth replacement, or under a denture.

Mini Dental Implants.  These dental implants are narrower than the standard size ones. Mini dental implants are utilized in areas where the bone is not wide enough to handle a standard size dental implant. The ideal place for use under a lower denture or under a partial denture. This can increase stability and retention for these dentures.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

These include the following:

-Increased Self Confidence. Missing teeth can lead to a decreased level of self confidence. This will lead you to smile less and be uncomfortable in social situations. By fixing your smile you will smile more and increase your self confidence. Your new dental implants will allow you the freedom to eat, talk, smile and laugh with ease.

-Improved Comfort. Dental implants act just like a natural tooth. Therefore you will not even notice them especially when wearing dentures. Denture wearers will experience increased retention and stability along with increased comfort.

-Improved Life Experiences. Missing teeth can wreak havoc on our lives in many ways. One of the important ways is in chewing and eating. With dental implants you can have the freedom to eat your favorite foods as well as healthier foods. This will lead to a higher quality of life.

-Dental Implants Can Last A Lifetime. Dental implants have been known to last a lifetime with proper care. Just like your natural teeth, you will need to continue seeing your dentist regularly along with maintaining proper dental hygiene at home.

Disadvantages To Dental Implants

It is important to note that these disadvantages are quite rare they can happen.

-Failed Integration of Dental Implants - This occurs when the bone does not grow and fuse between the threads of the implant. This fusion of bone to dental implant is called osseointegration. If this does not occur, the dental implants will not function properly,will become uncomfortable, become loose, or come out completely. To reduce this risk, your dental surgeon will evaluate the quality and density of the jaw bone prior to surgery. This will help to only place dental implants in areas where there is a highly predictable success rate. If osseointegration does not take place, the dental implants can be removed, and surgery can be attempted again once the area has fully healed.

-Infection –  This is the most common complication of dental implant surgery. The surrounding bone and gums can get infected during the surgical procedure. This can happen due to non-sterile technique, a contaminated implant, poor healing ability(diabetic, smoker, osteoporosis medications), pre-existing infection. The most likely time for this to occur would be during the surgical placement of the dental implant into the bone. Implant infection is a condition referred to as peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is characterized by inflammation or swelling of the tissues surrounding the implant area. Peri-implantitis can also present as a secondary infection later on is a form of periodontal disease that can lead to inflammation, bone loss and implant failure if not treated quickly and properly. Although implant infections are usually caused by the presence of bacteria during or immediately after the oral surgery for the placement of the dental implants, an implant infection can occur months or years after surgery.

-Post Surgical Bleeding - Some bleeding following surgery is normal and should be expected for about 1-2 days. Biting gently on a gauze pad placed over the surgery area for 30 minutes should normally stop the bleeding. Excessive bleeding is not normal and you should notify your dentist immediately if you have concerns about your dental implants.

-Damage To Surrounding Tissues - Dental implant complications related with surgical errors affecting adjacent teeth, nerves or sinus are directly correlated with the experience and skills of the dentist or surgeon. An experienced and skilled implant dentist is able to identify potential problems by examining x-rays or CT scan (computer tomography), design the proper surgical plan for ideal location and angle, and execute it successfully without complications. Even with the most skilled implant dentist there is always a possibility of dental implant complications. The complications can be limited by choosing an implant dentist with the skills and experience necessary to handle any complications if they arise.

Dental Implants Conclusion

Dental implants are a fantastic choice for replacement of lost teeth. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you should consider the possibility of dental implants to restore your smile.