Sometimes, despite people’s efforts, due to genetics or unforeseen events, clients need dental implants not only to maintain a smile, but also to maintain the overall health of their teeth. This may be due to tooth decay, but the use of permanent dental implants is so important that you can safely proceed.
Implants look exactly like natural teeth and are a more convenient and permanent replacement for missing teeth.
Implants are a good alternative to partial or complete dentures and dental bridges. Implants can restore the patient’s ability to chew food, which would not have been possible with the use of a bridge or denture, and thus restore patients’ self-confidence.
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Tooth decay or cavities are the main reason for implant placement. Tooth decay is caused by acids made by oral bacteria that cause teeth to break and die.
The color of the teeth in the early stages is yellow, which eventually turns black as the caries progresses. Tooth decay can be associated with pain and difficulty eating, inflammation of the tissues around the tooth, and even the formation of abscesses. According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), during COVID-19, the importance of controlling dental infections increased, some of which may result from tooth decay in the mouth.
In addition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2016, there were approximately 3.6 billion people – 48% of the world’s population – who had decayed their permanent teeth! They also estimate that almost all adults develop tooth decay at some point in their lives. In the teeth of infants and young children, about 620 million people or 9% of the population have caries, which is mainly due to the increase in the consumption of simple and refined sugars in the diet!
In addition, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that dental caries is the most common childhood problem. Twenty-four percent of U.S. 2- to 4-year-olds, 53 percent of 6- to 8-year-olds, and 56 percent of 15-year-olds have already experienced cavities.
If you are concerned about your dental health or think you may be prone to tooth decay, contact our dental professional to prevent your tooth decay from progressing.
Dental implants are the best option for having permanent teeth. The operation of the implant is to place an artificial root in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth – called a crown – on the base of the implant. Implants act like tooth roots and are usually made of titanium and other materials that are well suited to the human body.
In preparation for a real implant, a digital scan is used to design and digitally simulate dental implant surgery. Using three-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography – a facial scanning technology – the image of your current teeth is recorded and a new smile with a dental implant is designed with the help of specialized software.
Provided that there is sufficiently healthy gingival tissue and the patient has a sufficiently dense jawbone, implants can be placed in the upper or lower jaw, in front or behind the mouth. These become anchors on which new man-made teeth or crowns are permanently mounted.
After consulting with our dental specialists, it can provide patients with a complete set of new teeth in just one day. However, most implants involve two or three stages of treatment, depending on the type of dental implant and the health of the jawbone.
Under strong sedation and anesthesia, decayed teeth may be extracted after careful examination, making small incisions in the gums to expose the jawbone. The implant is then placed in the jawbone and the gingival tissue is sutured to the implant and tightened.
These implants have porous surfaces that allow bone tissue to grow in them and further strengthen the bonds. Within three to six months, the titanium implant fuses with the jawbone through osteointegration.
This course allows the bone to heal and achieve structural and functional integration, which in some cases may require a bone graft. However, we may be able to place the implant immediately in the teeth of some patients who do not need to wait for this osteointegration process.
Once the implant and bone are connected, our endodontist will attach the abutment to the implant. In some cases, implants and abutments are a unit that is placed during the initial surgery. For some patients, a second surgery may be needed to attach the abutment to the replacement teeth.
Finally, the dentist will make a crown the right size, shape and color for the implant base to match your natural teeth. The replacement tooth – called the crown – is then attached to the implant post.
Regular follow-up is planned to check the placement of the implant and the condition of the patient’s gums, a process that is critical to the success and continued health of implanted teeth.
The titanium alloy used in dental implants is highly biocompatible, meaning that it is not excreted by the human body. In addition, titanium can even bind to surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. Therefore, it can provide the strongest possible support base for dentures that are placed on top of it. Titanium is also lightweight, anti-allergic and highly resistant to corrosion.
Bone grafting is a surgery that is usually performed by a dental surgeon or endodontist to repair damaged bone by transplanting an artificial or natural bone into the affected area. Dental bone grafting This method restores, strengthens and stabilizes the jawbone and provides the necessary support for dental implant placement.
Dental prosthesis is a specialized branch of dentistry that includes the design, manufacture and installation of permanent and semi-permanent artificial alternatives to teeth. The field of dentures includes specialized methods for restoring or replacing teeth with prostheses such as dental crowns, dentures and dental implants.
It is a surgical procedure in which a fixed prosthesis is placed on four implants (2 in the upper palate and 2 behind the mandible). In medical terms, it is called the anterior jaw, which has a higher bone density.
Dental prosthetics are another alternative to dentures, including implants, bridges, dentures, and veneers – which cover the patient’s dental defects and replace missing teeth. While dentures can be removable, the rest are permanently fixed in your mouth.