Tooth loss can result in shrinkage of gums and jawbones, and up until recently there were many folks with partial tooth loss who could not live normally. Dental implants and oral rehabilitation has opened the doors and mouths with increased treatment possibilities for many patients. Let’s face it – we need our teeth for chewing functionality and to eat, not just for slooks.
Dental implants rely on the bone for support and are substitutes for natural tooth roots. If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, oral implants might be the right solution for you. The chance for implants to integrate can for example be jeopardized by the presence of intra-oral bacteria and inflammatory reactions. People with adequate bone level and density who are not prone to infection and can maintain the best oral hygiene would be good candidates for dental implants.
There are varying types of implants that are available but the basic definition is that it is a device, or fixture, that is surgically placed into the jaw bone to replace one or several lost roots of teeth. Dental implants are designed to replace the root of a tooth. Implants are the surgically placed part which goes either into, or sits on top of the jawbone, while the actual tooth or teeth that go on top of the implant(s) are referred to as the prosthesis.
There are basically two distinct phases to the implant procedure, including a surgical phase, and a prosthetic phase. The surgical phase includes all that’s concerned with getting the implant into or onto the bone and getting it ready for the prosthetic phase. The prosthetic phase includes putting a single tooth or teeth on top of the implant(s). After the implant is placed into the jaw bone, a process that is called “osseointegration” allows the bone to grow and tighten around it. This process takes a few months, but after it has integrated with the bone successfully, the next phase can begin.
The second procedure includes a metal attachment that is placed to the implant onto which the final restoration replaces the missing tooth. Once the third part or the crown is screwed onto the abutment, the dental implant is complete.
If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, no matter what age you are, dental implants may be your best solution. They are a long-lasting and pleasing alternative to missing teeth.
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About the author Dr. Aparna Sadineni:
Dr. Sadineni takes care to understand your comfort zone when it comes to dental treatments. She has over 15 years of experience in general & cosmetic dentistry and completed more than 1,450 hours of continuing dental education, including 650 hours dedicated to hands-on skills and techniques.
Dr. Sadineni received Master’s in Academy of General Dentistry and also a sustaining member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She attended nationally recognized 3 years Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program in Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry at the University of Minnesota, where she received hands on training in advanced cosmetic techniques. She completed one year Implant Maxi course from New York University school of Dentistry.
Dr. Sadineni is trained to use the most technologically advanced dental equipment – helping to eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with traditional dentistry.
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