About Dental Implants
Dental implants are a fairly common dental procedure, being placed over five million times each year. This is a type of prosthesis used to replace a tooth that has been lost due to gum disease, injuries, failed root canals, and other dental conditions.
Dental implants provide the structure for restorations such as fixed dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures. Our practice has several types of dental implants available. Our knowledgeable dental team will be happy to give you additional information when you call, or can schedule a consultation.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two kinds of dental implant, which are endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants, the most common type, are titanium and have the shape of a small screw. These are placed into your jaw. Subperiosteal implants are similar, but they do not extend into the jaw. They are present under the gums only. This system has widespread historic use, but is used less and less is modern dentistry.
Dental Implant Placement
First, we need to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. This decision is based on the type of prosthesis that is going to be supported by the implants, the amount and quality of existing bone, current jaw structure and inter-arch space, and your overall health. This information is interpreted by Joshua M. Ignatowicz, DMD, DICOI and presented to you. For these reasons, it is important to choose a highly-trained and experienced doctor who uses only the highest quality materials.
There are two kinds of processes for dental implants: tooth extraction followed by implant, or immediate implants. Immediate implants are a highly sought-after service. Following tooth extraction, the implants and temporary abutment and crowns are immediately placed. You may be a candidate for an immediate implant if there is adequate existing bone. Many people have been missing a tooth for over a year, or don’t have adequate bone to support a dental implant. In this case, bone must be created through a process called bone grafting. A bone graft placement at time of extraction can help strengthen the existing bone structure and ready it for implant placement.
Dental Implant Recovery and Outlook
Recovery is individually based on factors such as the number of dental implants placed, bone health (including the need for bone grafting), overall patient health, and adherence to post-surgical care instructions. Dr. Ignatowicz will provide a detailed recovery plan for you following you procedure. In general, this includes things such as ice, directions for oral hygiene, diet, medication, and lifestyle changes such as avoiding smoking for a few weeks after the procedure.
Although nothing will function as well as healthy, natural teeth, dental implants do function better than removable teeth. Most patients eat, talk, and smile without even being aware of the implants. It is true that a dental implant could last for the rest of your lifetime. The longevity of a dental implant is determined by the overall health of the patient and their level of commitment to good oral hygiene.
For additional information on dental implants, call Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates at 725-257-2220.