Dental implants are designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the crown, which is created by a prosthodontist or restorative dentist and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.
Many people who are missing a single tooth opt for a fixed bridge; but a bridge may require the cutting down of healthy, adjacent teeth that may or may not need to be restored in the future.Then there is the additional cost of possibly having to replace the bridge once, twice or more over the course of a lifetime. Similarly, a removable partial denture may contribute to the loss of adjacent teeth.
Studies show that within five to seven years there is a failure rate of up to 30% in teeth located next to a fixed bridge or removable partial denture. Further, conventional dentures may contribute to the loss of bone in the area where teeth are missing. The presence of natural teeth preserves the jawbone.
When a tooth is missing the bone may erode and weaken until it may be necessary for your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to graft bone to the area to strengthen it for placement of a dental implant. When a missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant, the fusion, or osseointegration, of the implant and bone provides stability, just as the natural tooth did. Bone is maintained by the presence of natural teeth or implants. Bone loss occurs with the loss of teeth.
Fixed bridges may require the shaping or cutting down of adjacent healthy teeth.
If you are missing several teeth in the same area of your mouth, you may still enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that come with dental implants. We will place two or more dental implants, depending on the number of teeth that are missing.
Your replacement teeth will be attached to the implants to allow excellent function and prevent bone loss. The implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into your replacement teeth and dentures to prevent slipping and bone loss. With an overall success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
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Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants
Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you. With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:
Existing Medical Conditions
If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed.While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.
Gum Disease or Problem Teeth
Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.
Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures
Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting them.
Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had
periodontal disease. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.
Implant tooth replacement in children
Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child’s orthodontic treatment plan. Your family dentist or orthodontist can guide you in this instance.
IMPLANTS VS. DENTURES
Many patients who have selected dental implants describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than the lifestyle endured by those with fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures often make a person feel and look older than they are, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.
When they count the benefits they enjoy as a result of their dental implants, patients say their implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of ill-fitting dentures.They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face.With a sense of renewed self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends and the chance to speak clearly and comfortably with co-workers. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better, they look better, they live better.
A Thorough Examination
The first step of dental implant therapy is a discussion with your dentist, followed by a thorough dental examination. The jaw is x-rayed to check the condition of the bone tissue and to determine the appropriate placement of the dental implant. An impression is made of the jaw and existing teeth, forming an important platform for the treatment.
Inserting the Dental Implant
Depending on your clinical situation, there are two options for implant placement procedure:
• In a single-surgery procedure, the dental implant is placed and then a temporary abutment is attached.
• For patients who require two surgeries, the dental implant is inserted and then covered by the gum tissue. The site is left to heal and an abutment is attached during a second procedure. In some cases, the crown can be attached the same day the implant is placed.
Attaching the Abutment and New Teeth
Once the implant has fully integrated with the bone tissues, the final (or permanent) abutment is placed by your restoring dentist, and an impression is taken from which a dental technician will create a crwon, bridge, or full denture that will match your natural tooth in shape and color.
Fitting and Re-examination
When the replacement tooth is ready, your dentist will simply attach it to the dental implant. Routine, follow-up visits are recommended to ensure the long-term functionality and esthestics of the treatment outcome.
There are three main choices when it comes to choosing an abutment for your fixed restorations:
These abutments can be chosen from the system used in the implant. The implant companies continue to evolve these abutments and extend the use to more complicated cases. Use your catalog for the system. Additional resources are the representatives from the company as well as the customer service 1-800 numbers.
Posterior restorations with normal bone structure are best candidates for these types of abutments.
Most implant systems have a “gold adapt” or “UCLA” type of abutment. These abutments have a plastic sleeve that the experienced technician can modify, and then cast, to accommodate a range of axial inclinations between implant and the overlying crown. This system allows the technician to create the best possible abutment to support the Doctor’s choice of restorative crown. An excellent solution.
Anterior or Posterior restorations with angular placed implants are best suited for this type of abutment
This type of abutment continues to evolve with the CAD/CAM technology. Our current choice is the Procera custom abutment in Ti or Zi. Manufactured to precisely fit the Noble Biocare systems, this option allows for an all-ceramic Zirconia or Titanium abutment.
Anterior restorations utilizing translucent restorations, such as Eris or e-max, are indicated for this type of abutment
XiVE. Innovative functionality. Outstanding esthetics.
Absolutely flexible, versatile and superior primary stability: XiVE is a reliable solution for the most demanding indications. Surgical and prosthetic – XiVE frees you from all restrictions. Innovative thread design and preparation technique ensure outstanding primary stability in all bone classes. The comprehensive range of prosthetic concepts appropriate solutions for even complex indications.
XiVE. Surgical flexibility. Prosthetic variety.
XiVE is designed for the greatest possible prosthetic and surgical flexibility. The multifunctional components allow you to take advantage of all the options available with the innovative prosthetics. For example, with the unique TempBase design from XiVE a temporary denture – virtually the same as the final restoration – is easily fabricated, the ceramic CERCON abutments offer outstanding esthetics, and with a cast-to abutment like the AuroBase even difficult initial situations can be given a functional customized prosthetic solution from the top face of the implant. These prosthetic concepts have been the fist choice of dental technicians, implantologists and patients throughout the world for many years. Implantological choices for you – the best solution for your patients.
XiVE. Complete concept. Absolute primary stability.
Stable, secure and if necessary immediate? This is easy for the specialized implant and thread design of XiVE: the screw implant is a perfect fit in the bone. And in all bone classes. The result is very high primary stability – the decisive prerequisite for successful therapy and implementation of the latest implantology concepts.