• 03 JUN 16
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    About Dental Implants

    WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT

    A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold and anchor a replacement tooth or bridge. The artificial root comes in the form of cylinders, screws, and blades. Dental implants are typically used in people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, trauma, or other possible causes.

    TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

    • In the bone dental implants: This is the most common type of dental implant. The various types include cylinders, screws, and blades, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. Each dental implant can hold one or more prosthetic teeth implants. This type of dental implant is generally used as one alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
    • On the bone dental implants: These dental implants are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts protruding through the gum to hold the dental implant. These types of dental implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.

     

    WHAT will my DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE be LIKE?

    A dental implant procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist, dental implant specialist. Dr. Wallach will discuss your options with you in order to determine how your dental implant should be placed and where it is needed. Depending on your particular situation and the type of dental implant procedure selected, Dr. Wallach will work with you to create an appropriate treatment plan.

    WHEN ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS A VIABLE OPTION?

    • Replacing a Single Tooth If you have lost a single tooth, one dental implant and a crown can replace it.
    • Replacing Several Teeth If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace all of them.
    • Replacing All of Your Teeth If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.
    • Sinus Augmentation An important factor to dental implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. This is an issue in the upper back jaw, which usually contains inadequate bone quantity and quality, while also being close to the sinus, which serves its own issue. Sinus augmentation can help with this issue by raising the sinus floor and developing more bone so that the dental implants can be implanted with greater success.
    • Ridge Modification Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is filled with bone or a substitute for the bone to build up the ridge.

     

    AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

    The ideal candidate for a dental implant is orally and generally healthy. It is necessary to have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that do not suffer from periodontal disease.

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