Dental Implant Treatment
Bone grafting: Sinus augmentation and Ridge augmentation, Single versus Multiple implant treatment options.
A dental implant works as an artificial tooth root that is placed in the bone and holds a replacement tooth or bridge. At Andover Periodontics, your periodontist rebuilds the resorbed bone creating a solid implant foundation and places the implant into your jaw to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontitis, a traumatic injury, or otherwise.
By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, patients effectively save more teeth and tooth structure than replacing teeth using traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on the neighboring teeth for support. They function just as your natural teeth do by distributing the biting forces over your jaw bone naturally.
- Replace one or more teeth without relying on the neighboring teeth for support.
- Support a bridge thus eliminating the need for a removable partial denture.
- Provide better support for a denture, making it more stable and comfortable longer.
Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge
In every way, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
- Esthetic – Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth since they integrate into your own bone.
- Dependable – Due to their high rate of success dental implants are considered an excellent treatment option for tooth replacement.
- Tooth-saving – Since the neighboring teeth are not involved in supporting the dental implant, implants are often better treatment options than a bridge. A conventional bridge requires the sacrifice of tooth structure of the adjacent teeth, which serve as anchors for support of the bridge. Therefore, replacing teeth using implants can preserve more tooth structure, leaving more teeth untouched and providing a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
- Confidence – Dental implants will allow you to once again speak, eat and perform with confidence and comfort just as your natural teeth did prior to their loss.
What Does Implant Treatment Involve?
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Together, your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to develop options for implant treatment. Depending on your particular condition and the type of implant chosen, your dental team will tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs.
Implants are used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth or all of your teeth.
In order to place an implant in the bone, a good bone foundation is required for successful functional and esthetic results. Bone may need to be rebuilt prior to implant placement via several types of bone augmentation procedures, including extraction socket preservation, sinus augmentation in the posterior upper jaw or ridge augmentation techniques. Another approach to implant placement is using a novel computer-guided implant approach, in which implants are placed in the existing bone after prior detailed computer-imaging.
Replacing a Single Tooth
If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces the lost natural tooth root to support the crown.
Replacing Several Teeth
If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants can be placed to replace some of your missing natural teeth to eventually support a fixed permanent bridge.
Replacing All of Your Teeth
If you are missing all or the majority of your teeth, an implant-supported full denture or full bridge can replace them. Dental implants will be strategically placed in the jaw bone to eventually support the prosthesis replacing your missing teeth.
A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back part of the jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the maxillary sinus. A sinus augmentation procedure can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone height to provide a good bony foundation for the placement of dental implants.
Ridge deformities in the upper or lower jaw due to prior tooth extraction, gum disease or traumatic injuries 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 that is then filled with a bone substitute (graft) to build up the ridge. This ridge augmentation procedure has been shown to significantly improve your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.