A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is inserted into the jaw bone. Dental implants are considered a reliable and long-lasting treatment option to replace one or more missing teeth.
They can improve the appearance and function of teeth, as well as maintain healthy jawbones.
Why are dental implants the best option to replace missing teeth?
Dental implant benefits include:
- Offers a lasting solution to replace one or more missing teeth.
- Helps maintain healthy jawbones by stimulating bone growth.
- Improves the appearance of teeth and the functionality of the mouth.
- Allows you to speak better and chew better.
- Helps keep adjacent teeth healthy.
- May be more comfortable than removable dentures.
- Can be a more aesthetic option than dental bridges.
Dental implants: a more comfortable and aesthetic option than removable prostheses
Aesthetics in dental implants is one of the main concerns of people who choose this option. Dental implants are medical devices designed to replace the roots of teeth and provide a solid foundation for the placement of crowns or bridges. They are usually made of titanium, biocompatible and integrate perfectly with the jaw bone.
Indeed, the crowns or prostheses placed on the implants are made to measure. All this to resemble your natural teeth as much as possible. In addition, implants hold adjacent teeth in place for partial reconstructions. This prevents them from shifting and helps keep your smile aligned. Dental implants consist of two parts: a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone. And a ceramic or metal crown that is fixed on the screw. The advantage of dental implants is that they are designed to mimic the form and function of natural teeth. This makes them more comfortable to wear and more aesthetic than removable prostheses.
Choosing the most esthetic dental implant depends on several factors, including the quality and thickness of your gums, the color of your teeth and the shape of your face. It is important to talk to your dentist to find out more about this point.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular dental treatment option, due to their superior comfort and aesthetics compared to removable dentures. Unlike removable dentures, which can be bulky and unattractive, dental implants are devices fixed directly into the jaw bone, which makes them more comfortable to wear chewing and socially and easier to maintain.
In addition, dental implants help preserve the bone structure of the mouth. This can be a benefit for people with bone loss due to edentulism or other factors. It can also help prevent premature aging of facial features, which can occur when missing teeth are not replaced.
Step by step procedure for dental implantation
Here are the different stages of dental implantation:
Dental implantation is a complex process that usually involves several steps. Here are the main steps of a dental implantation:
- Examination and planning: before proceeding with the implantation, the dentist performs a thorough examination to assess the condition of the tooth and the jawbone, and to plan the implantation procedure.
- Preparation of the jawbone: during this step, the dentist prepares the jawbone by creating a hole in the bone to accommodate the dental implant.
- Implant insertion: The dental implant is inserted into the prepared hole in the jawbone.
- Healing period: after the insertion of the implant, it is necessary to allow the jawbone to heal for several weeks to allow the implant to integrate with the bone.
- Placement of the dental crown: Once the jaw has healed, the dentist can place the dental crown on the implant to replace the missing tooth.
Indeed, each case of dental implantation is unique and the process can vary according to the individual needs of each patient. In addition, it is recommended to discuss with your dentist to obtain more information on the precise stages of dental implantation.
The traditional dental implant procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. It can take several hours, depending on the number of implants to be placed. In addition, after the insertion of the implant, it is necessary to wait until the bone of the jaw has solidified around the implant to be able to fix the dental crown. This healing period can last several months (3-6 months of osseointegration)
Types of dental implants
There are several types of endosseous dental implantation, each with different characteristics and benefits.
Endosseous implantation consists of inserting the implant directly into the jawbone, which allows better stability and better management of masticatory loads. However, this technique requires sufficient bone volume to accommodate the implant, which can cause problems in some cases.
There are also other dental implantation techniques, such as subsinus implantation or trans-sinus implantation, which are used in more complex cases where other techniques cannot be used.
The main types of dental implantation are traditional implantation on 4 or 6 implants (AllOn4 and AllOn6), basal implantation and zygomatic implantation.
Traditional dental implant (on 4 or 6 implants)
First, dental reconstruction on 4 or 6 implants is a surgical technique used to replace several missing teeth. Indeed, it involves the insertion of dental implants into the jaw bones. This helps to provide a solid base on which a dental prosthesis can be fixed. Reconstruction on 4 implants is generally used if bone density is missing. While reconstruction on 6 implants is used to support a full denture. Only when the bone density is sufficient to fix 6. In addition, the technique of dental reconstruction on traditional implants can offer a lasting and natural solution to replace missing teeth.
Basal dental implant
First, basal dental implantation is a dental implantation technique that involves inserting the implant into the basal bone. Indeed, this bone is at the base of the jaw. This technique is generally used when there is a lack of bone volume in the upper part of the jaw.
The advantage of basal dental implantation is that it makes it possible to replace missing teeth in cases where this would be impossible with other techniques. It also offers better stability and better support for masticatory loads. However, this technique is more complex to perform and can lead to complications more frequently than other dental implantation techniques. It also requires prior bone preparation to allow insertion of the implant into the basal bone.
Zygomatic dental implant
First, zygomatic dental implantation is a dental implantation technique that involves inserting the implant into the zygomatic bone. Indeed, this bone is located on the upper part of the jaw. This technique is generally used in cases where there is a lack of bone volume in the upper part of the jaw. However, this makes it impossible to use endosseous or subperiosteal implantation techniques.
The advantage of zygomatic dental implantation is that it makes it possible to replace missing teeth in cases where this would be impossible with other techniques. As a result, it also offers better stability and better support for masticatory loads. However, this technique is more complex to perform and can lead to complications more frequently than other dental implantation techniques. It also requires prior bone preparation to allow insertion of the implant into the zygomatic bone.
What pain to expect for dental implants?
Dental implantation can be an effective solution to replace a missing tooth or to stabilize a dental prosthesis. However, like any invasive medical treatment, dental implantation can lead to post-operative pain and discomfort.
Pain after dental implantation can vary in intensity and duration. Some people may feel some discomfort for the first few days after surgery. Nevertheless, others may have more pain that lasts longer. In most cases, these pains are manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Therefore, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding post-operative care and pain management. The surgeon may recommend that you take painkillers at specific times. Indeed, rinsing your mouth regularly with salt water to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
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