Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry and transformed the lives of many people. Implants can restore a front tooth or even the entire smile of someone who has previously lost their teeth. Implants can be thought of as artificial roots that never decay and have a 95% success rate. Root form implants replace missing teeth without compromising or affecting neighboring teeth. Unlike the alternatives like fixed bridge-work or removable partial dentures, implants are stable.
Types/Uses of Implants:
Benefits of Implants:
- Do not affect surrounding teeth
- Preserves existing bone
- Enables confident speech
- Makes it easier to chew compared to removable dentures
- Allows people to taste food again
- Are easy to clean like regular teeth
- Are the longest lasting solution to replace teeth
- Increases overall confidence and general well-being
- Improves appearance of peoples’ smiles
How are Implants Placed?
Placing an implant is a relatively easy process. First, careful review of a patients’ medical history occurs, a 3D X-ray is taken, and a thorough examination is performed to determine whether a person is a candidate. If a person is a good candidate, then the risks and benefits associated with the procedure are discussed. If not, the site can typically be grafted in order to regrow sufficient bone so as to place an implant in the future.
On the day of placement, the implant(s) is (are) inserted into the bone (often with the aid of a surgical guide) and then allowed to heal for a period of 1 to 3 months until stable. Throughout this time, the body heals and the implant becomes fully integrated, or fused, into the bone. Once an implant has integrated, the final restoration (crown) or removable prosthesis (denture) is placed on top of the implant.
Who can benefit because of an implant? People with the following situations:
- Congenitally (from birth) missing teeth
- Badly decayed or non-restorable teeth
- Decay under teeth of crowns or bridges
- Failing, infected root canals
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Lost teeth from tumors or cancer
- Loose dentures and/or partial dentures
- Physical trauma
Does it hurt to get an implant? Most patients who have had implants placed report the procedure as easy and relatively pain-free. In cases when no tooth extraction is involved, a situation where there are no nerve endings within the bone, the procedure is painless.
How long will I have to go without a tooth? When a tooth is lost, there are many different reasons. Accordingly, a tooth may be immediately temporized or worst case, it may take up to six months before a new tooth can be received. Accordingly, many people opt to wear a temporary. Temporaries or provisionals come in various forms, the most common include flippers, Essix (Invisalign-type) retainers and bonded provisionals.
Can I sleep through the procedure? Many people are understandably anxious about implants, but most implant placements are very easy surgeries. Even so, many of our patients would prefer to “be in another place.” One way to relieve anxiety is to take an oral sedative, such as Valium or other shorter acting drug, which provides an overall sense of calm.
Implant: The implant body itself is a medical-grade titanium (or ceramic) screw/anchor inserted into the jaw, taking the place of a missing root. Although there are many types of implants today, the most common are bone-level, root form implants.
Crown: The implant supported crown, or tooth, is either cemented on top of the abutment (see below) in the mouth or it is attached to the abutment outside of the mouth. Then, together, the crown and abutment are screwed into place on top of the implant.
Abutment: The abutment is a connection between the crown, or tooth, and the implant that connects by a screw. There are two common types of connections: stock and custom abutments. A stock abutment is the most common type and is least expensive. But, because of its one-size-fits-all solution, it has certain limitations. The custom abutment, on the other hand, is superior as it best replicates the form of natural teeth, providing superior retention along with trapping less food.
Locator Attachment: In a case when an implant is not replacing a tooth, but rather supporting a denture or partial denture, a locator attachment is used. A locator abutment allows a denture to snap into place on top of the denture in order to increase stability.
Bone graft: When teeth are lost, bone begins to shrink. Often extensive bone loss can result in the impossibility of an implant being placed without a bone graft. Traditionally, bone grafts were taken from a donor site, such as a hip or another part of the jaw It would then be ground and replaced in that same person. However, today, donor bone is harvested and then processed to produce a material that is safe, economic and comfortable.
3-D CBCT: Precise placement of dental implants is critical for long term success and esthetic outcomes. A CBCT scan is a 3 dimensional x-ray that allows the doctor to determine whether or not a potential site is viable for an implant (or if the site may first require grafting). Also, it allows the practitioner to safely place an implant, avoiding vital structures, which include the lower alveolar nerve, the maxillary sinus and other teeth.
Surgical Guide: A surgical guide is used to place an implant in a precise location, thus achieving a safe, specific and predictable outcome. This is made possible by utilizing information from a CBCT scan (see above) along with the physical structures of a patient. Surgical guides are also useful to expedite implant procedures, particularly when multiple teeth are involved. Guides enable “flawless,” minimally invasive and almost entirely painless procedures.
Van Hala Dental Group Limited Warranty
At the Van Hala Dental Group, we love that we have the opportunity to serve our patients. With great pride, we endeavor to deliver excellence each a every day to each and every person. We aim to exceed our patients’ expectations and we are confident that they will be satisfied with the care they receive. We also aim to treat each person the same way that we would hope someone would treat a member of our own family. If our patients don’t feel they’ve received the best care possible, we want to know about it and do what we can to make it right.
Certainly, there exist situations that are beyond our control, such as a person not caring as much about their oral health as we do, or how a person heals from a procedure such as a root canal, bone graft or other surgery. That being said, we have built our reputation on providing great service, where our patients entrust their family and friends to our care.
The following services are guaranteed, for the following time periods, as long as a person maintains at least average oral home-care and regular dental visits.
Fillings should last a minimum of two years. If they fail within that time-frame, they will be replaced at no charge.
Crowns and fixed bridgework should last a minimum of 5 years. If they fail within that time-frame, they will be replaced at no charge. However, if a crown fails due to recurrent decay, or because of a patient not maintaining average home-care, the warranty does not apply.
Once an implant has integrated, there is very little chance that it will fail.
Any non-smoker who loses an implant within 1 year from the date of surgery, will have it replaced at no charge, as long as post-operative instructions have been followed and the person maintains at least average oral home-care and regular dental visits. Bone grafting fees may apply.
Smokers have impaired healing, as such, no guarantee can be offered. However, in the event that an implant fails, it will be replaced at a discounted fee, subject to discerning of the treating doctor.
Please note, our warranty does not imply any cash or monetary value-rather we will replace defective restorations.
We value the trust you place in us and we commit to making your dental care an exceptional experience.