A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Implants are manufactured from titanium, a metal that is known to be compatible with body tissues and able to bond with adjacent bone during healing. Dental implants are a safe and convenient way to replace lost teeth with natural looking results. In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
ALL ON 4 IMPLANTS
The All-on-4 concept is one such treatment procedure which enlightens us for its use in the completely edentulous(loss of all natural tooth) patients and which also leaves behind the routine treatment alternative of conventional dentures You do not need a dental implant for each and every one of your missing teeth. All you need is four precisely placed implants on the top of your mouth, and four on the bottom, to restore your full smile. That’s the beauty of the all-on-four. And because the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function as part of it. So eventually, the dental implant becomes part of the jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth.
An immediate dental implant is placed in the jawbone immediately after a dental tooth extraction. It is usually placed at the same visit as the dental extraction but it can be done within two weeks after the dental tooth extraction. If a crown or dental bridge is placed on an immediate dental implant to restore the tooth, this is considered immediate loading. Immediate loading of an immediate dental implant is the most favorable option for any patient.
Key Advantages to an Immediate Dental Implant:
• Fixed tooth replacement that looks as good or better than the extracted tooth
• One dental surgery
• Helps preserve gum tissue
• No removable partial dentures or missing teeth
• No need to unnecessarily crown teeth for a bridge
• Less painful
IMPLANT SUPPORTED BRIDGES
A bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing.Implant supported bridges can be used when you have more than one tooth missing. Instead of being supported by crowns that need to be prepare the adjacent teeth by removing their enamel to make room for the crowns that will be cemented on top. Since enamel doesn’t grow back, these teeth will always need to be protected with crowns but using implants bridges are supported by dental implants placed in the bone. Usually, one implant is placed for every missing tooth, and this series of implants holds the bridge in place. By using implants the fixed bridges feel very secure and comfortable, just like the natural teeth they replace.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES
The implant supported denture is an affordable and effective option for restoring the edentulous(complete loss of all natural tooth) arch, providing stability and function that are far superior to those offered by the traditional complete denture. This treatment option provides an economical means of enjoying the life-changing benefits of implant therapy, including improved bite force, chewing capability, comfort and phonetics. Indeed, patients who receive implant over-dentures report significantly higher satisfaction and quality of life than wearers of traditional dentures.A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. However an implant-supported denture can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw.