In some cases when there is a missing tooth, it is not the best choice for the patient to have a partial or a denture, and so in this case a dentist will usually suggest a dental implant. This is an artificial tooth, often constructed from titanium, which is fixed into your mouth carefully which gives you back not only your smile, but can also return eating and speaking back to normal.
Any dental implant will need a little care over time but they are incredibly durable that can last over a decade. If you have anything like the below, a dental implant could be for you:
- A missing tooth
- Bite problems or jaw problems due to moving teeth
- A smile that needs improving
- Problems chewing or talking
- A denture or bridge that needs supporting
The first thing your dentist will do when it comes to fitting a dental implant is to take a mold or impression of your mouth, so that they can see exactly what needs doing. Your gum and mouth will be numbed and then the implant placed in your mouth, and healing could possibly take up to six months.
Second or even third fittings may be necessary so that you can enjoy a healthy and happy mouth. It is at this stage that the dental implant will be fixed permanently into your mouth, giving you a stable fake tooth that will sit happily with your other natural teeth.
Dental Implants Are A Great Choice, and Keep Getting Better
Dental implants have been around for almost thirty years now, and they have developed from an emerging science into an everyday occurrence for most dentists. The quality of implant has greatly improved, and there is almost a 100 success rate amongst patients.
Dr. Paige Woods, one of the many experienced and compassionate dentists in San Diego, knows that dentists who offered dental implants were once considered strange and radical, but they have become such standard procedure now that everyone can benefit from them.
Of course, it was right that in the early days when dental implants were new that dentists questioned them – because they want what is best for their patients. Dental implants were seen as invasive and unnecessary. At the beginning, the success rate was only at around 50%, whereas now patients have the comfort of a 99% success rate for dental implants.
Dental Implants As Part Of Biological Dentistry
Root canals along with dental implants can often be invasive procedures, and if you do not require them then they would not be recommended. Infection is the number one problem that some patients will experience, and in this case the decision is usually made to remove the dental implant to allow the body to rebalance. After all, it’s not worth leaving something that is incompatible in your mouth.
In other situations, a bridge may be a good alternative to both a root canal and a dental implant. The dentist will always examine the overall health of the patient before they decide exactly what to do, and this is especially true with the bridge treatment as it requires stable and healthy teeth on either side to work. If this is not possible, then a dental implant is the next best choice.
Implant Use Considerations
Many patients question whether or not they are a good fit for receiving a dental implant, or whether there is anything important that they should consider before they approach their dentist about receiving one. In fact, the only concern that dentists have when it comes to dental implants is whether or not there is enough healthy bone to work with – and in 95% of the cases, there is.
Implants used to be a lot larger than they are now, and in some cases they were 20 mm! There larger implants required more healthy bone to work with, and so could not be offered to all patients. The last ten years has seen implants get smaller in order to better fit the mouths of the patients.
One of the many benefits of having slightly smaller implants is that the procedure to implant them into the gum is much less invasive. Another great benefit is that it appears people’s bodies are much happier to accept the smaller implants, and so there is less infection. Most implants that dentists are using today will range from 10 mm to 15 mm, and although receiving a dental implant is still relatively invasive, there has been a great deal of improvement.
Mini Dental Implants
Dr. Woods always prefers to be able to offer mini dental implants, more commonly known as Bicon implants, which are much smaller and made with more modern technology. They integrate with your gums and teeth just as well as a standard dental implant would, and yet are much smaller and so less intrusive.
These smaller implants are usually about 6 mm long, and are used by many dentists who have patients who do not want an intrusive procedure done at all. The recovery time for receiving a mini implant is much less time, which is greatly beneficial for people who want to be able to get back to their normal lives. All of this contributes to a much smaller cost.
Some of the reasons why people decide to have a mini dental implant rather than a normal larger implant is because large implants can be very expensive, especially if your dentist has to do work on the gums and bone beforehand. In some more extreme cases, sinuses and even nerves may have to be moved in order to accommodate the new large implant. This is very invasive, and can lead to more complications and infections.
Dentists have also found that the shorter mini dental implants are much more flexible, in that it is possible to fit them into much more different kinds of spaces with patients’ mouths. Although some people within the dental world have questioned whether or not mini implants have the same durability as the standard larger dental implants, the current research has demonstrated that they are just as efficient and durable. Mini implants are considered by many dentists to be the future of dental implants.
Biocompatible Material For Dental Implants
Many dentists and patients attempt for completely holistic and body-friendly treatments, and worry that they will not be able to offer this when it comes to dental implants. However, depending on what materials are used for the dental implant itself, a dental implant can be very biocompatible, titanium being the obvious choice. Most titanium dental implants are made from two pieces that can be put together to fit the space perfectly.
Another biocompatible choice is zirconia, a very popular choice in Europe, but although it is a very body sensitive component it is still not perfect. This is because it can only be made in one piece, which makes fitting it into the patient’s mount very difficult. The exact position must be so precise otherwise this could lead to fracture, and a great deal of pain for the patient.
Which Dental Implants Are Right For You?
There are few situations in which Dr. Woods would not suggest the Bicon implants, a much better choice for almost every patient. In fact, she would even choose it for herself if she needed dental implants!
Patients looking to replace dentures, or complete upper or lower arches, the all-on-four fixed implant arches are a superior solution.
For a free consultation to see if dental implants are the right choice for you, call (619) 640-5100