When looking at the options available for replacing a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth there is no doubt that dental implants are the best solution. Not only do dental implants look like a real tooth, they also feel and function as closely to a natural tooth as possible. This is a result of having the implant rooted and fused into the jawbone just like a natural tooth, something that is not accomplished with other tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges.
Although it is well known that dental implants are the “gold standard” when it comes to tooth replacement options, unfortunately traditional dental implants are not always a feasible option for everyone.
Getting dental implants is currently the best tooth replacement option available. Not only does the dental implant mimic the natural tooth that was lost giving the patient full functionality of their new tooth, the implant is also lodged directly into the jawbone of the patient’s mouth making it much more secure and durable than other tooth replacement options.
In order for the dental implant to be successful, however, one critical factor that must be present is a strong enough jawbone in terms of width, height and overall density. If the jawbone is not strong enough to support a dental implant, there will be a high chance of implant failure causing further complications in the future.
Ensuring that the jawbone is large enough will be an important part of the consultation phase, especially for patients needing a dental implant to replace molars or premolars in the upper jaw. Since the sinus cavity is directly above the back part of the upper jaw, often times patients do not have a thick enough jawbone here to receive dental implants.
Any time that a tooth is removed, regardless of the reason, the jawbone in that region of the mouth begins to slowly deteriorate. One of the best ways to stop the deterioration of the jawbone when a tooth is missing is to place a dental implant into the jawbone, effectively replacing the missing tooth.
The deterioration of the jawbone will vary from patient to patient, but in any case, it will be best to get the proper treatment as soon as possible after a tooth is lost. If you wait too long to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, chances are that the jawbone in that region will become so thin that it will become impossible to securely place a dental implant there.
For quite some time now dental implants have been considered the most effective tooth replacement option. When compared to other tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges, dental implants perform much better, last longer and have a higher success rate.
Because dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone tissue over time, they are the closest thing you can get to having a real tooth. Even though they are considered the best tooth replacement option at the moment, they still fail about 8% of the time creating complications for the patient.
Diamonds are very versatile objects that have been used in a variety of applications such as in jewelry, as semiconductors in electrical components and in saw blades. They have even been used in high end dental crowns and dental grills for those willing to pay the high price to have a smile that truly stands out.
Researchers have now discovered yet another practical use for diamonds that could improve the success rate of dental implants. These diamonds, however, are significantly smaller than the ones used in more traditional applications and are actually not even visible to the naked eye.
For many years people missing multiple teeth had limited options when it came to replacing these missing teeth. Receiving individual dental implants on multiple teeth was too costly and time consuming so the most affordable and popular option has long been to get dentures. This was unfortunately not a suitable solution for many people.
There are several problems that arise from having traditional dentures such as having them fall out easily, not being able to chew or speak properly and having the jawbone deteriorate from a lack of occlusal forces on the jawbone. These are just some of the drawbacks associated with having dentures as a tooth replacement method.
Losing one or more teeth as an adult can cause many subsequent problems such as loss of jawbone density and difficulty speaking or chewing. As a result, most adults that lose one or more teeth end up getting some sort of tooth replacement mechanism to avoid having these problems.
Currently the most prominent tooth replacement options available include dental implants, dentures and dental bridges, all of which have provided great results for replacing missing or damaged teeth over the past few decades.
Although these existing tooth replacement options have proven to be effective, they may soon become a thing of the past. At the moment, extensive research is being undertaken on using stem cells to grow natural teeth directly in a patient’s mouth. This can be a breakthrough in the dental implant industry that will make other tooth replacement options obsolete.
Similar to other surgical procedures, there are several factors that can potentially cause complications or complete failure of dental implants. Some of these factors are due to a malfunction of the materials and procedures used while others are a result of the patients general health and hygiene.
Although it is very unlikely to have complications arise after receiving dental implants, with approximately 98% of patients having no complications at all, it is still a slight possibility that anyone planning to get dental implants should be aware of.
In this article we will explain certain risk factors that should be considered and address some of the things that can go wrong with dental implants.
Ever wonder why dental implants are so much more effective than traditional tooth replacement options?
The main reason for this is due to a phenomenon known as osseointegration which is the structural connection that forms between your natural jawbone and the titanium implant. When compared to traditional tooth replacement options that aren’t connected directly to your jawbone, dental implants are far superior since they mimic the strength and functionality of a natural tooth.
Dental implants are by far the best option for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth. As opposed to traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone giving them the same strength and functionality that you would get from your natural teeth.
Once any necessary preliminary procedures are finished, the dental implant procedure can be completed in one visit to the dentist, but in most cases, and for the best results, it will require 3 visits over a period of several months. Here we have put together a detailed explanation of what will happen at each stage of the dental implants procedure so that you know what to expect .
When it comes to replacing missing or damaged teeth the best solution available is to receive a dental implant. Dental implants, as opposed to other methods of replacing missing teeth, are implanted directly into the jawbone, creating an artificial root which is intended to be as strong and stable as a natural tooth root. This implanted root is most commonly made with titanium and surgically placed into the jawbone. Within 3 to 6 months the titanium root becomes osseointegrated with the jawbone. Only when this happens is the implant procedure complete and ready to be fitted with a prosthetic tooth (crown) for a natural look and feel like none other.
The term dental implant technically only refers to the implanted titanium post aspect of the operation. These implants can be used to support an individual crown, or a prosthetic bridge which has several artificial teeth on it to replace more than one damaged tooth. For example, as little as 4 implants can be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth by attaching a permanent denture to 4 titanium posts that are implanted into the jawbone.
In order to receive dental implants, it is necessary to undergo some preliminary procedures. At the very least, a consultation will be required between the patient and dentist to determine the patients oral health.
If the dentist determines that the dental implants can be placed successfully without any future complications, the dental implant surgery can be scheduled right away. If, however, the dentist determines that some other procedures may be necessary to make room for the implants, or to strengthen the surrounding bone structure, some more complicated preliminary procedures will be required.
To get an understanding of what is required prior to receiving dental implants, continue reading below so that there are no surprises.
Losing a tooth or, even worse, several teeth, can be quite a distressing experience. Not only will it ruin your smile and possibly self-confidence, it can also have other negative side effects to your remaining teeth, gums and jawbone if it is not properly fixed within a reasonable amount of time. For example, some of the common side effects from not replacing missing teeth include:
- Shifting of remaining teeth
- Higher chance of tooth decay in remaining teeth
- Increased risk of periodontal diseases
- Difficulty chewing and speaking
- Deterioration of the jawbone
- Considering all of the negative side effects that can come from losing teeth, it is important to replace them as soon as possible. When it comes to replacing teeth there are several restoration options available including dental implants, dentures and dental bridges.
So, which of these options is the best tooth restoration method?
Dental implants are known to be the most effective way of replacing missing or damaged teeth. More traditional methods like removable dentures and bridges tend to cause many problems for patients such as difficulties with chewing & speaking, diminished oral health and overall discomfort. Unlike these traditional methods of replacing teeth, dental implants are much more stable giving patients full functionality of their new teeth, making it seem as if they never lost their teeth in the first place.
With so much information about dental implants on the internet, it can be quite confusing to figure out what is the best option for you. To simplify things a little bit, we put together a quick guide to understand the types of dental implants available in order to help you make the right decision. All dental implants can be classified into the following two groups;
Dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing or damaged teeth to give you that perfect smile you always dreamed of, but to make sure you can keep this smile going for years to come you must take good care of them along with your natural teeth. Receiving dental implants is just the first step in revitalizing your smile.
The main reason for dental implant failure is due to poor maintenance. More specifically, improper flossing and brushing can cause bone and gum tissue surrounding the implant to become infected, resulting in implant failure. In order to properly maintain good oral health after receiving implants you must continue to clean your teeth regularly at home, with special focus on the implanted teeth, and continue to visit your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning.
What is root canal therapy?
To understand root canal therapy you must first understand the 3 layers that a tooth is composed of:
- -enamel – is the outer hard layer of the tooth composed primarily of minerals. Enamel is actually considered the hardest substance in the human body.
- -dentin – is a calcified tissue that makes up the bulk of the tooth located beneath the enamel layer.
- -pulp – is the center layer of the tooth made up of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues. This is the part of the tooth that is responsible for supplying a growing tooth with nutrients.
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure used to remove infected, damaged or dead pulp from a tooth so that the tooth can be saved from extraction. Once the infected pulp is removed, the interior of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned to ensure that further infection is not possible. The void inside the tooth is then filled with a bio-compatible material and the tooth is restored back to it’s full function.
When undergoing any type of invasive surgical procedure, a common area of concern is how much pain or discomfort will be experienced. Dental implants are no exception to this rule considering that the procedure often involves tooth extraction, cutting & stitching gum tissue, drilling a hole in the jawbone and implanting a titanium screw into the jawbone.
Since the dental implant surgery is performed with general or local anesthesia, the dental implant procedure itself is not painful. Once the surgery is complete and the anesthesia wears off, however, some pain and discomfort is expected for up to 10 days afterward. The pain and discomfort experienced is due to swelling and tenderness around the implant site which will naturally go away with time.
The concept of dental implants being used to replace damaged or missing teeth for aesthetic and practical purposes has been in existence for thousands of years. In ancient China, for example, there have been human remains found dating back 4000 years with carved bamboo pegs tapped into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. There have also been ancient Egyptian remains found, dating back approximately 2000 years, with various forms of implanted teeth made out of precious metals, ivory or even transplanted from other humans.
Although the concept of dental implants has been around for millennia, none of them had the bone fusing properties that we see in todays implants. This is an extremely important feature of dental implants, known as osseointegration, because it allows for bone growth to fill the gaps in the jawbone left by missing or deteriorated teeth, strengthening the structure of the jawbone itself.