Dental Implants

dentists-colorado-springs-smiling-older-familyAn Introduction To Dental Implants

To get the most from dentures, they really need to fit in the mouth as closely as possible, something which doesn’t always happen, resulting in discomfort and difficulty of use. A Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark came up with the ideal solution of dental implants almost a half century ago, and since then, they have been constantly improved so that today’s implants offer the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

Some of the implant techniques that are available today include:

  • Replacement of individual teeth
  • Front and back teeth replacement
  • Replacement of all the upper teeth

There are three primary types of dental implants: root implant, plate style and subperiosteal style.

Because root implants tend to mirror the actual shape of the teeth, they are more popular than the other two types of implant. They are a popular choice with dentists as well as patients because they are as strong as the original teeth. The procedure requires the patient to be anesthetized and then artificial roots are inserted into the jawbone, which then meld with the bone. After this process is complete, the implants are attached to the jawbone and adjusted so that the newly replaced tooth and the implant fit perfectly. Most people claim that the procedure is well worth it, despite the fact that it can take between three and eight months for the replacement process.

If the jawbone cant support root implants because it is too narrow, then plate implants may be the best solution. One advantage of this procedure is that there is no lengthy waiting period while the healing program runs its course, and often plate form implants are fitted immediately with the restorations.

If the jawbone can’t support either type of implant, the third option of subperiosteal implants may be the best solution.

Caring For Your Dental Implants

It is especially important for anyone who has dental implants to clean their teeth regularly to prevent potentially harmful bacteria affecting sensitive areas. A receding jawbone and swollen gums can be the result of poor oral hygiene, and implants may have to be removed if the jawbone continues to recede and is simply too weak to safely support the implants. With proper care and regular brushing as well as visits to the dentist twice a year, dental implants can last for many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q What exactly are dental implants?
A These artificial replacements for teeth consist of prosthetic teeth attached to a metal post that has been inserted into the jawbone.

Q What are the advantages of dental implants?
A Many dentures simply don’t fit properly and one of the biggest advantages of implants is their more accurate and comfortable fit. You also have to keep dentures in place to maintain your appearance and to be able to comfortably eat. Implants generally look more natural and appealing and can be a permanent solution for anyone who looks after their new teeth.

Q Where can I have the procedure carried out?
A The procedure can be carried out by an oral surgeon, implantologist or periodontist. Once the dental implants are in place, prosthetic teeth can be installed by a restorative dentist.

Q Is it painful to have the dental implant procedure?
A Because a local anesthetic is administered before the procedure is carried out, it is not at all painful, although some patients experience numbness and soreness after the procedure. This discomfort can be reduced or eliminated by following any post procedure instructions given out.