If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can enhance both your smile and your oral health.
Your smile need not be compromised due to missing teeth. Implants restore your smile and aid in your overall all dental health. Due to the nature of dental implants, Dr. Osina must evaluate her patients’ suitability for the process. Good candidates for dental implants are those with excellent oral hygiene, non-smokers and those with sufficient jaw bone to support the implant. Proper implant maintenance must be followed after the procedure to ensure its viability.
Teeth implants require a minor surgical procedure for placement into the jawbone. The dental implant post resembles a screw and is usually made of titanium, a metal frequently used in joint replacement surgeries and known for its ability to mesh well with human bone. Once the dental implant is placed and has sufficient time to heal a replacement tooth is attached to the post. This crown can be removable or permanently attached. Permanent crowns feel more like natural teeth and are more stable.
Caring for dental implants is basically the same as caring for natural teeth. Proper implant maintenance requires that they be brushed and flossed as you would your natural teeth. Be aware that the plaque and tartar build up that occurs on natural teeth also happens with teeth implants. Infection can result if oral hygiene is not properly maintained.
Regular dental checkups are more important now because unlike natural teeth, unless there is some obvious visible damage you have no way of knowing if there is a problem developing with the implant. Maintenance is critical because bone can be lost around the implant. Dr. Osina will check your teeth implants to ensure that they are holding up well.
Single or Multiple Implants
If you are only missing one tooth, you simply need one implant plus one replacement tooth. However, if you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be removable permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages of Implants Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force than removable dentures. Implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth, because they do not utilize other teeth for support.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Our implant services include:
- Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: We will take a 3D (CT) scan of the area(s) we are considering placing implants. We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants
- Implant Maintenance: Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. You can also lose bone around implants without proper home care and professional maintenance. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.