Dental Implants are the state of the art technology of replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium or titanium alloys. There are usually three parts to the implant restoration. The part that acts as a root, the part that acts as a tooth in the mouth, and the connection in between (called abutment). Implant restorations vary from single tooth replacements to full mouth restorations.
The periodontist, with the help of your dentist, is responsible for the root part of an implant. The root form implant is inserted in the jaw bone surgically.
It is important to understand that implant therapy is a team effort between yourself, your dentist and the periodontist. Everybody needs to be on the same page regarding diagnosis, planning, and treatment.
Dental dentures can greatly benefit from implants. Implants can act as retainers for conventional dentures, or even replace the removable dentures with a fixed prosthesis that no longer needs to be inserted into or removed from the mouth. Ask your dentist or us about which treatment option best suits your needs.
When a person loses his tooth/teeth their quality of life is affected.
Missing teeth have a devastating effect on the rest of dentition, replacing missing teeth aims at:
Most people with missing teeth or teeth that are soon to be lost are good candidates. If you don’t have uncontrolled systemic diseases then you probably are a good candidate, even if you have complete or partial dentures. In some instances, the quality or quantity of bone is insufficient for straight forward implant placement, and further bone augmentation procedures are necessary. Ask your dentist or us about how dental implants can serve you.
Contrary to common belief, implants can still develop a disease similar to periodontitis. Bacterial plaque can cause an infection around dental implants called peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis causes continued bone loss around the implant, which may eventually lead to loss of the implant. The need for proper oral hygiene, along with following up with your dentist and periodontist, are essential to evaluate the health and stability of dental implants. Peri-implantitis, although not common, should be diagnosed and immediately addressed, whether surgically or non-surgically, to allow maintenance of the implant and bone.
In some cases, implants can be placed at the same time as tooth extraction and a fixed prosthesis to be placed all in the same visit. This allows our patients to leave with a fixed tooth rather than a removal temporary, or even worse, no tooth at all. Only highly trained professionals offer this kind of treatment. You will need careful evaluation and 3-D imaging to determine if you are a good candidate. This cutting edge dental surgery is highly technique sensitive and can be done to replace single teeth, or even all the teeth in the mouth at once. The results are often incredible. Dr. Sweidan lectures internationally about immediate implant placement, especially in the aesthetic zone.