How are Dental Implants placed, who places the implant, and who attaches the artificial tooth to the implant ?
In Stage 1 ( surgical stage ) the implant is placed into the bone. The "implant" is the artificial replacement for the root of a tooth which is located below the gum line. After the implant is placed in the bone, a healing cap is immediately attached over the implant until the bone has time to bind to the implant ( usually 3-6 months ). We always have this part done by a Specialist - either an Oral Surgeon or a Periodontist. We do not place the implant at our office for good reasons.
In Stage 2 ( reconstructive stage ) the healing cap is removed from the implant, and a custom post and crown are permanently joined to the implant. This stage is done at our office. This stage is a painless stage, and never requires anesthetic/shots.
WARNING ! Some patients get lured into having both stages done by a General Dentist ( not using a board-certified surgeon ).
The problem is these offices statistically have a much higher implant failure rate. The reason is : the specialists ( Oral Surgeons Periodontists ) are performing the surgical stage every day, whereas most General Dentists are performing the surgical stage only a few times a month ! Also, the specialists received 3-4 years of additional surgical training after they graduated dental school and thus received an additional Master's Degree ( after receiving their Doctorate Degree in Dentistry ).
The public is not aware that most of the General Dentists performing the surgical stage have very little training, many have as little training as a 2 day weekend class that usually involves a trip to a nice warm location such as Florida or Arizona during the winter. Would you want a dentist surgically placing your implant that had 2 days of training, or a specialist who had 3 years of training and performs the surgical stage everyday ?
What is a Dental Implant ?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone, and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns and bridges. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible - which means they are not rejected by the body. Titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device in the body.
Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone, called osseointegration, is the biological basis of dental implant success. That’s because when teeth are lost, the bone that supported the teeth is also lost. Placing dental implants stabilizes bone and prevents its loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton, and indirectly the soft tissue structures, such as gum tissue, cheeks, and lips. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk, and look completely natural. This functionality imparts social, psychological, and physical well-being.
Am I a Candidate for Receiving Dental Implants ?
Generally speaking, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants. It is important that you are in good health, as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you. For example, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, or uncontrolled gum disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. It is important to let the oral surgeon know about your medical status (past and present) together with all medications you are taking, whether prescribed, herbal, or over-the-counter.
Where and how implants are placed in the bone requires a detailed assessment of your overall oral condition by the oral surgeon. This will necessitate compiling records that may include specialized x-rays such as 3D scans known as cone beam scans. The Oral Surgeon, with the help of Dr. Herget, will plan where the implants are to be placed. With the help of computer imaging, the Oral Surgeon will ensure the dental implants will be placed in exactly the right position in the bone.
How do implants differ from natural teeth ?
Natural teeth and dental implants may look the same, feel the same, and even function in a similar way, but they are very different. The most important differences are in the way they attach to the surrounding bone, their response to dental disease, their maintenance, and repair. Teeth attach to the surrounding bone by a periodontal ligament that joins the tooth to the bone. Dental implants fuse directly to the bone - the bone grows into the implant's threading and bonds to the titanium. Teeth are susceptible to dental decay as well as the need for root canal therapy. Dental implants are metal and do not decay ( get cavities ).
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