The dental implant process
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are integrated into your jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. Once in place, the implants are topped with a highly cosmetic dental crown to create a replacement tooth that looks and functions as good as or better than your natural teeth.
The dental implant process :
The first step in the dental implant process is to assess whether you are a good candidate. We will discuss your general and oral health history. If you have advanced gum disease, some blood disorders, certain bone diseases, or too little material in your jawbone, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants. Your jawbone will be assessed using a number of methods, including the three-dimensional scanning tool, which gives detailed images and allows for precise planning of your dental implant procedure.
During your oral surgery appointment, the implant will be placed in the jawbone, and, in most cases, fitted with a temporary crown. Then the implant is allowed to rest while your jawbone regrows around it, a process called osseointegration. During this period of about 3-6 months, the implant becomes an integral part of your body, and is fully fixed in your jawbone.
Once osseointegration is complete, the implant is finished with a highly cosmetic dental crown, giving it the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental implants for multiple teeth
If you are missing more than one tooth, you may receive dental bridges that are bonded to dental implants. This means that you do not need an implant for every single tooth, but will still have fully functional and natural-looking replacements. These bridges are crafted without any wires, so they have an appearance nearly indistinguishable from a row of individual teeth.
The life time of dental implants
Dental implants are expected to be lifetime restorations. With proper care and barring conditions that may damage your jawbone, dental implants will remain in place for the rest of your life. The crown atop the implant may need to be replaced after 10-15 years, but at that time a new crown can simply be fashioned and placed atop the same implant.
Dental Bone Graft and bone regeneration
When teeth are lost, sometimes the bone around them is lost as well. If so this may need to be built back if implants are to be placed. There are various types of bone augmentation that may be required in different situations, and if you need one of these we will explain to you why and how this is carried out. Bone regeneration is not for every patient, nor is it part of every treatment. However, all our surgeons are extremely well trained for this type of specialized procedure.
This is carried out at the time of implant placement. Bone is added around the implant where there are small deficiencies in your own bone. This will help to maintain the look of the implant crown where it comes out of the gum. There are different options in terms of materials to use for this technique, and we’ve chosen our favorite materials following careful research. We will explain what the material is and why it should be used in the cases where it is required.
Dental implant restorations
Depending on your oral health status, various dental restoration options can be installed on implants, including crowns, bridges, and complete acrylic dentures.
Complete denture on implants
One possible option to replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw is to attach a complete acrylic denture to implants, a solution that your dental professional may suggest to you. The denture is attached to the implants using attachments placed on the denture and the implants. It can be fixed permanently and only removed by the dentist, or designed to be removable by the patient to facilitate daily maintenance. This solution provides stable and comfortable chewing and is particularly appreciated by patients who experience discomfort with a removable complete denture, such as injuries, pain, mobility during chewing, etc.
Full denture on a titanium bar
One suggestion your dentist or healthcare professional may make to replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw is to attach a complete acrylic dental prosthesis to a titanium bar. The titanium bar is permanently fixed to dental implants and can only be removed by a dentist. The prosthesis can be permanently fixed or removable to facilitate your daily oral care. Patients who experience discomfort with a removable complete dental prosthesis, such as injuries, pain, or mobility during chewing, particularly appreciate the complete prosthesis on the titanium bar.
The ALL-ON-4MD approach offers an effective dental restoration for edentulous patients using only 4 to 6 implants on a single jaw (upper or lower). This approach supports a complete dental prosthesis that is permanently fixed. If you are looking for an effective treatment to replace all of your teeth, this option may be proposed to you.
How does the All-on-4 treatment work?
The All-on-4 treatment involves the insertion of 4 to 6 titanium dental implants into the edentulous jaw, onto which a temporary dental prosthesis is immediately fixed after surgery. Through the use of 3D scanning and specialized software, the dentist can accurately simulate the surgery, which involves fixing two implants in the front part of the jaw and two more in the posterior part, avoiding the sinuses (in the upper jaw) and nerve canals (in the lower jaw). A definitive full dental prosthesis will be installed several months later.
Short time required for dental implants!
In just one day, the ALL-ON-4MD treatment can give you a dazzling smile. If you are interested in this option, consult a professional at clinic Tessolin & Partners to find out if it is suitable for your situation. Please note that the ALL-ON-4MD brand is registered by Nobel Biocare.