Dental Implant Treatment
Basic Requirements for Dental Implant Success
Dental Implant treatment encompassess both surgical and prosthodontic procedures. The basic requirements for a successful dental implantation are a good general state of health of the patient, good oral health particularly periodontal health, and adequacy of bone quality and volume at the implant site. Proper diagnosis is of paramount importance.
Who may Choose Dental Implants
There are many valied reasons why you may choose dental implants. You may have an accident or sporting injury that caused the loss of teeth, you have periodontal disease or other diseases that destroyed the supporting structure of the teeth and cause eventual loss of teeth, you have missing teeth since birth that causes unsightly gaps in between teeth. You want to restore your confident smile you used to have or you want to achieve that smile you always wanted to have but may not be possible with conventional dental restorations. To all these problems, dental implants can be the solution of choice to restore both your appearance and function that you're used to.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental Implant procedure is a long process that requires firm commitment from both the dentist and the patient who requires it. The entire process starts during the time you first entered the clinic, the time you received the implant, till the time you leave with your new beautiful smile. Clinically, the process begins with;
Proper assessment of every case is the core of Dental Implant success. It entails looking at data's like patient concerns and expectations, medical and dental history, clinical examination, mouth impressions, x-rays (panoramic and peri-apical x-rays), Dental CT Scans, limitations of implant treatment particularly limitations of bone, the type and number of implants to determine the best treatment. Treatment plan must be made, presented and properly discussed to the patient.
2. The Implant Placement
The dental implant surgery is a short operation and usually an out-patient procedure that is carried out under local anesthesia. It involves the surgical insertion of the implant body into the jaw bone. Then the implant is left for sometime to properly osseo-integrate with bone usually in 4 to 6 months. Healing is dependent on the kind of dental implant, your bone health and your physical condition. For esthetic reason a temporary crown, bridge or denture is put in place.
3. The Implant Prosthesis
This phase refers to the actual placement of the implant restoration once the area has healed. The procedure is painless and requires no anesthesia.
4. Post-Implant Care and Check-up
This phase reaffirms your commitment to jointly maintain your new confident smile. This would be reflective of how you manage your personal dental health of your new dental implant and your entire dental health as well. Just like your natural teeth, your new implant teeth restoration needs your utmost care to ensure long lasting success of your dental implants and for it to survive for a long time. Majority of implant failures are reflective of how you take good care of them just like taking care of your natural teeth to avoid decay, gum and periodontal problems.
A good oral hygiene practice is brushing your teeth carefully after every meal and before bedtime. Using a soft toothbrush that you replace regularly.
Visit us regularly for regular post-treatment check-ups and implant cleanings specially at areas unreachable by tooth brushing or personal care. This will help ensure the lasting success of your new confident smile.
Use of Dental Implants
Dental Implants are primarily used to support cosmetic restorations of individual teeth or single dental implant crowns, as a support for several replacement of teeth or dental bridge implant prosthesis and as a support to the stability of denture prosthesis or denture implant prosthesis.