Dental Implants or Teeth?

Dental Implants or Teeth?

Patients often ask if dental implants or teeth are better. The simple answer is if the teeth are structurally sound and have a good long-term prognosis, teeth are always better as they are part of your body.

However, there are situations where the teeth are severely broken down or have catastrophic structural or biological issues. The prognoses of these teeth are poor and they require removal.

Implants are the next best thing to teeth. They can restore the function and aesathetics of the missing tooth. However, even though they look like the tooth, it is not the tooth. As with most things, the devil is in the details. The profile is different from natural teeth, which may result in occassional food impaction. Furthermore, the implants do not feel like natural teeth when you bite down - some patients describe a hollow sensation.

The most important fact is that the dental implant is a foreign body that is embedded in the jaw bone. The success rate of implant therapy is very high, but there is always a chance of rejection. The teeth will not be rejected by the body!

If you have to choose between dental implants or teeth, unless the teeth have a catastrophic problem, the choice is always teeth! They are what God or Nature gave you, and are superior in function and aesthetics.

Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

Are you concerned about the discomfort arising from dental implant surgery? Rest assured, pain medication can effectively manage any discomfort after the procedure.

The surgery involves numbing the mouth to ensure a painless experience. Although there might be some pain as the numbness wears off, you will be prescribed medicaiton to alleviate any post-operative pain and swellling. In most cases, any discomfort subsides within 5-7 days.

Most patients feel that the pain and discomfort they experienced was much less than after tooth extraction.

If the pain persists or worsens, it is crucial to reach out to your dental professional for guidance.

Remember, the remarkable benefits of dental implant surgery, such as achieving a beautifully restored smile, outweigh any temporary inconvenience. Embrace this long-lasting tooth replacement solution without allowing fear to hold you back.

Contact Us today to see if you are a candidate for implant surgery!

How Dental Implants Work

How Dental Implants Work

Have you ever wondered how dental implants work? Dental implants are the optimal solution for replacing failing or missing teeth. They ideal as they do not affect the adjacent teeth, and can restore the function and aesthetics of the missing teeth.

The dental implant consists of several components that are stacked on top of each other. These components are then bolted or cemented together.

The implant fixture is the anchor that is embedded in the jaw bone. This serves as the foundation for the missing tooth. It is usually made of titanium or titanium alloy, although other materials such as zirconia have also been used.

The implant crown, is the replacement for the visible part of the tooth. It is connected to the  dental implants by a retaining abutment screw. The implant crown mimics the appearance and function of the missing tooth.

Whether you need to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, our team is here to help. We will walk you through the process and conduct a through clinical and radiographi examination to see if you are a good candidate for dental implant treatment.

Contact us today to learn more about dental implants and how dental implants work.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Are Dental Implants Safe?

One of the most commonly asked questions is "Are Dental Implants Safe?"

As with every procedure that is done, Patient Safety is of the utmost concern. It is natural for you to be concerned about how safe Dental Implants are.

The term Dental Implant used today generally refers to titanium endosseous (or endosteal) dental implants, which is titanium anchors which are inserted into the jaw bone. Historically, other types of dental implants include bladed implants, subperiosteal (under the gums) implants and transosteal (through the bone) implants.

When the titanium implant is made of commercially pure titanium, or titanium alloy that contains more than 85% of titanium, an inert, biocompatible layer of titanium dioxide will form on the surface of the metal. Bone cells will then fuse to this layer, resulting in osseointergration, that is the implant being integrated with the bone.

The type of dental implants commonly used today were first inserted by Dr PI Branemark in 1965 into patient volunteers. These first patients were then monitored by up to 10 years to ensure that the new procedure was safe and effective. The first dental implants placed were in service for 40 years, when the patient passed away with these implants still integrated to the jaw bone.

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Dental Implants Explained

Dental Implants Explained

What exactly are Dental Implants? Dental implants are a term which have entered the vernacular, but some people may not know what they are. We will attempt to have dental implants explained in simple terms.

The term Dental Implant usually refers to several different components, which together, serve to replace missing teeth. The two major components are the Fxture and the Restoration or Prosthesis.

The Dental Implant Fixture is typically titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw bone to replace the roots of missing teeth. The fixture acts as the foundation on which the Restoration replacing the missing tooth is built. A minor surgery is necessary to place the dental implant.

Once the bone has grown around and fused to the titanium anchor, an impression is made to register the position, angulation and depth of the implant fixture. This can be done with either a conventional impression or a digital scan. This is then used to fabricate the definitive restoration.

The restoration may either be  a single crown,  a bridge or a denture. The type of restoration would depend on the number of missing teeth and the number of dental implants which have been placed.

A small retaining screw is used to connect the restoration to the dental implant. All these components are stacked together to replace the missing tooth.

If you need more information about dental implants, Contact Us today and we will be happy to help.

Dental Implants or Teeth?

Dental Implants or Teeth?

Which is better - Dental Implants or Teeth? Dental implants offer the most optimal solution for replacing missing teeth. While they may resemble natural teeth, they function differently.

Dental implants are titanium anchors inserted into the jawbone to support restorations. These implants replace the root portion of the tooth. Once integrated, crowns are attached to the implants, restoring both function and aesthetics.

Implant restorations closely resemble natural teeth, but they require special care and cleaning. As foreign objects inserted in the jawbone, there is a slight risk of infection and rejection, although the occurrence is rare.

At our dental clinic, we prioritize your comfort and safety. Our experienced team ensures a smooth dental implant procedure with minimal discomfort and a high success rate. We utilize advanced technology and techniques to provide tailored dental implant solutions that meet your specific needs.

Regain your confidence, improve oral function, and maintain a healthy, natural-looking smile with dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today and take the first step towards a complete and beautiful smile.