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What are implants?

implants1A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (synthetic material) that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support, they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth. Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited; therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.

How do they work?

Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble real teeth.


Can anyone receive dental implants?

You need to talk with us about whether you are an implant candidate. You must be in good health and have the proper bone structure and healthy gums for the implant to stay in place. People who are unable to wear dentures may also be good candidates. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as clenching or bruxism, or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, the success rate for implants decreases dramatically. Additionally, people who smoke or drink alcohol may not be good candidates.


What can I expect during this procedure?

We must perform surgery to anchor the "artificial root" into or on your jaw bone. The procedure is done in the dental office with local anesthesia. Medications may be prescribed for soreness.


How long does the process take?

The process can take up to nine months to complete. Technology, however, is trying to decrease the healing time involved. Each patient heals differently, so times will vary. After the screws and posts are placed surgically, the healing process can take up to six months and the fitting of replacement teeth no more than two months.


What is the success rate of implants?

The success rate for implants depends on the tooth's purpose and location in the mouth. The success rate is about 95 percent for those placed in the front of the lower jaw and 85 percent for those placed in the sides and rear of the upper jaw.


How do I care for implants?

Your overall health may affect the success rate of dental implants. Poor oral hygiene is a big reason why some implants fail. It is important to floss and brush around the fixtures at least twice a day, without metal objects. We will give you specific instructions on how to care for your new implants. Additional cleanings of up to four times per year may be necessary to ensure that you retain healthy gums.


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COURSE OF TREATMENT

WITH AN IMPLANT WHEN ONLY ONE TOOTH IS MISSING      

implants31: Before the procedure
we make a first examination and take one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure.




implants42: Installing the implant

the implant is installed. At this time, a temporary tooth is provided that allows you to eat and function like normal almost immediately.  The implant will need a few months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken.



implants53: Attaching the new crown

the final step is the placement of the permanent ceramic tooth. The new tooth is installed for life. No additional treatment is needed.



implants5b4: End result

you should expect the new tooth to fit and function just like a natural tooth. Do your usual dental hygiene to keep the tooth and gum around it clean and healthy.





COURSE OF TREATMENT
WITH IMPLANTS WHEN SEVERAL TEETH ARE MISSING

implants61. Before the procedure
three teeth at back end of the mouth are missing. The only real replacement alternative is installing a fixed bridge. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants.



implants72. Installing the implants

first, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving our clinic.



implants83. Attaching the bridge

the implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached. This is normally done 1-2 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the teeth affected and the esthetical demands.


implants94. End result

the new bridge will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.




COURSE OF TREATMENT
WITH IMPLANTS WHEN ALL TEETH ARE MISSING

implants101. Before the procedure
we determine what needs to be done and accordingly we advise you of the treatment options.





implants112. Installing the implants

the first step is installing dental implants to replace the lost tooth roots. In this case, five implants are used. Temporary teeth are attached that enable you to eat and function like normal while waiting for the permanent bridge to be installed.


implants123. Attaching bridge

the final bridge is securely installed on top of the implants. With a full jaw replacement like this, it normally takes 2-3 visits to have the bridge completely attached.



implants134. End result

your new teeth should be hard to tell from natural - both for you and others. People who have had traditional dentures before getting a fixed bridge often describe this as an overwhelming and very positive experience.


ALTERNATIVES TO A FIXED BRIDGE

An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture, which is anchored on implants. A removable full denture that is connected to either on a ball or bar attachment, which in turn is anchored on two or more implants in the front part of the jaw. The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function and comfort. Cost is usually the reason why this solution is chosen over a fixed bridge - although the end result can't be compared.

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