The ultimate solution to broken or missing teeth, dental implants are a permanent treatment alternative to conventional dental bridges. Dental implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures improve the integrity of the jawbone, gum appearance, and provide a natural-looking smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an artificial root made of a biocompatible titanium alloy which are surgically screwed into the jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, the bone fuses with the implants resulting in a permanent, anchor-like support for the tooth, bridge, or denture. It offers a stability similar to a natural tooth root.
Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry consists of well-experienced doctors like Dr. Stephen Moore, DDS, who has successfully treated hundreds of patients with dental implant-based restorations.
There are generally two types of Dental Implants:
- Endosteal implants which are either small, cylindrical-shaped screws or plates that are placed into the jawbone.
- Subperiosteal implants which are implants with a blade-like shape that are placed beneath the gum but on top of the jawbone.
How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?
Our Doctor of Dental Surgery Mr. Stephen Moore will personally examine your case and determine the number of implants necessary. But in a general sense:
- One implant for one tooth.
- Two implants to support a molar or a bridge (although a single, wide-bodied implant may be sufficient for a molar).
- Four implants to support an entire denture.
- Eight to ten implants total for denture support in the upper and lower jaw.
What Should I Expect During The Procedure?
The placement of dental implants procedure is divided into three stages.
- The first stage includes the insertion of implant(s). This is usually done under intravenous (IV) sedation and local anesthetic. The implant(s) is inserted usually along with a healing abutment, and then the gum is closed around the head of the implant.
- The second stage, the healing process can last three to six months, particularly if bone grafting was needed at the time of implant placement. The titanium implants will integrate with the surrounding bone during this time. You will be able to wear a bridge or a denture through the time of healing, but you will not be able to chew with it in place. You will be required to maintain a soft diet so that the gum and bone can heal properly.
- The third stage starts when the implant has fully integrated. The healing abutment is replaced with the final abutment. Once this is done, the new tooth, bridge, or denture will be attached.
Additionally, at the end of the procedure, some additional bone or soft tissue grafting might be required. Soft tissue (gum) grafting is usually done at the end so that Dr. Moore can see the final shape of the area and decide if adjustments are necessary.
How Do I Take Care Of My Dental Implants?
You will be given a set of post-operative care instructions at each stage to ensure proper integration of the implant(s) and best results. These instructions include avoiding chewing of hard food, and chewing on the other side of the mouth from where the implant(s) was placed.
Overall dental implants have a more than 95% success rate. Complications associated with implant placement are usually related to improper placement or, mostly, poor follow-up oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing is of paramount importance even with artificial implants. If the site isn’t kept clean, peri-implantitis can develop which is inflammation around the implant which can eventually result in implant failure.
Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has the most experienced team at your service. So call 920-996-0123 now to book your consultation. You may also visit our dentistry office directly at 381 South Kools St, Appleton, WI 54914.