Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Why do I Need a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is used to replace a missing tooth. Whether you’ve already lost one or more teeth or have just been told that a tooth needs to be removed, the impact can be devastating. No one likes the idea that their smile will be incomplete, and we all rely on every one of our teeth for eating, speaking, and smiling with ease. In years past, the only solutions for tooth loss were bridges or dentures: artificial teeth that would anchor to either other teeth in your mouth, or your gums. Neither of these solutions could actually replace teeth in a way that felt natural, and often they could lead to other problems – additional tooth loss, pain, and deterioration of the bones that define the very structure and character of your face.

Modern dentistry provides a better solution to the problem of tooth loss: dental implants. Whether you receive one, several, or an entire arch of implants (All on 4 or 6), the result will be true replacements for your own teeth that let you eat, smile, and speak naturally. Age, genetics, trauma, and periodontal disease can cause you to lose your teeth, which can negatively affect you in several ways. Aside from the change in appearance, a missing tooth or teeth can cause difficulty in eating or speaking. We offer dental implants to help address missing teeth. When you get your implant procedure from Happy Smile Clinics, no one will know that they aren’t your natural teeth, unless you tell them.

We offer the most advanced dental implants available to effectively replace a missing tooth or teeth and return your beautiful smile, natural functionality, and self-confidence.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root designed to securely hold a replacement tooth where your natural tooth once was. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that fuses naturally to your jawbone. When inserted, a dental implant will permanently replace the root of the dead or damaged tooth.

Dental implants can be used to do the following:

  • Replace your missing teeth without treating or affecting the adjacent teeth.
  • Stabilize, secure, and make your dentures more comfortable.
  • Support a bridge without requiring a removable partial denture.
  • Resolve problems with your bite caused by your teeth shifting to fill in spaces left by missing teeth.
  • Dental implants also prevent premature aging by stopping the bone loss that follows tooth loss. Dental implants become integrated into the bone itself and stop this bone loss, which is a major cause of premature aging.

A dental implant is a permanent, artificial tooth that replaces a tooth that is missing or is used to hold a denture in place. The implant has three parts:

  • A post, made from biocompatible titanium, which is placed into the jawbone to simulate a tooth root
  • An abutment or connector, also made from titanium, which is placed on top of the post above the bone
  • A crown, usually made from high-grade ceramic, which is built around the abutment and looks and feels like a natural tooth

What are the advantages of Dental Implants?

Both your health and your self-esteem need to replace missing teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be stressed, lost, or crowded and create still more problems. A lost tooth certainly affects your appearance negatively, and you may feel self-conscious about smiling or talking.

Single-tooth titanium dental implants became a solution for lost teeth more than 30 years ago, and today’s technology makes them better, faster, and safer than ever before. While dental bridges or dentures also replace missing teeth, dental implants, correctly placed, are usually a superior replacement. Here are some of the reasons that we recommend dental implants for our clients if they have missing teeth and meet the criteria for implant surgery.

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Even the best dental bridges and dentures cannot compare to the look and feel of properly done dental implants. If you are looking for the best possible appearance, function, and feel, then dental implants are your best solution.

Example: Single Tooth Implant. This patient had lost her front tooth due to an accident and needed an immediate replacement.

Dental implants are permanently fixed

The dental implant post is inserted surgically into your jawbone and, once the surgery has healed, the new crown is permanently attached to the post over the abutment. The new tooth will feel and function just like your own natural tooth, and you can expect to eat, brush, and speak normally. In contrast, dentures and many bridges are removable appliances requiring special care. It is not uncommon for them to come loose at inconvenient times, cause pain or discomfort, or adversely affect your speech and chewing ability.

Dental implants prevent further bone loss

Whenever you lose a tooth, you will find that the bone in the area of loss begins to recede. Over time, the bone around your teeth will begin to dissolve away, as it is no longer needed. As you can imagine, this loss of bone can affect more than your mouth. The entire structure of your face can change and become shrunken. Dental implants reverse this loss. If you have enough bone to support the implant post, it can be surgically inserted into the bone. Over the space of the next few months, the post will bond to the bone, effectively becoming a part of your body’s structure. The placement of the implant will stimulate the body to construct the bone cells necessary to bond to the implant. The result, if the implant is properly placed and your body responds as expected, is bone that is stronger and healthier than ever. A healthy, beautiful smile is much more likely to result from the careful and artful placement of perfectly crafted implants.

What materials do we use for Dental Implants?

In our ultramodern dental clinic, we are committed to giving our patients the best possible result in everything we do, and that means using the finest dental implants available. Therefore, we choose to use Nobel BioCare, Straumann, and Hiossen implants, as they feature the most effective designs and highest quality materials available today. The posts are manufactured from chemically unchanged variants of commercially pure titanium. Our oral surgeons prefer these implants because they attach to the bone more rapidly and promote rapid bonding as well. The exact size, shape, and configuration of the titanium portions of the implant are custom designed to work precisely for each implant that our surgeons place.

Once the metal implant post is placed in your jawbone, osseointegration begins. During this process, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. This process, which can take several months, helps provide a solid base for your new artificial tooth — just as roots do for your natural teeth. The aim is to mimic tooth roots and allow your natural bone to Osseo-integrate — meaning that bone will attach itself to the implant to fully support it. Once this is healed, a Zirconia Porcelain Crown to be placed on top of the implant to imitate the natural tooth will be designed by our master ceramist in with cooperation our in-house digital dental laboratory.

Are there things that could prevent you from getting Dental Implants?

Most people who are in good general health, and have a missing tooth or teeth are good candidates for dental implants. We will need to make sure that you have sufficient healthy bone in your jaw to support the implant. Even if you are suffering from some degree of bone loss, our surgeon may be able to help you with a bone graft and sinus lifting procedure. We won’t recommend a dental implant for young patients whose jawbones have not fully developed, or for pregnant women.

Some existing medical conditions will also prevent us from recommending dental implants. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and under-controlled diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment as well. As with any surgery, certain medications may prevent you from getting implant surgery. If you take medications such as steroids or medications that suppress the immune system, for example, then implant surgery will not be right for you.

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