Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants work like artificial teeth roots. An actual implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw, below the gumline. The implant serves as the anchor to which an abutment is attached.
An abutment is the connector from the implant to the replacement teeth. It is placed on top of the dental implant so teeth can be anchored to the implant. The abutment screws into the dental implant and acts like the root under a crown of natural tooth, except it's stronger and is not susceptible to decay. The abutment can be secured by screw or cement, depending on the specific needs of each individual patient.
Types of ImplantsSingle Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are a great solution for single missing teeth. Unlike root canals they are not susceptible to disease or decay. Implants are strong, maintain bone structure, and are as easy to maintain as real teeth.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Dental bridges often fail, because the supporting teeth can no longer support the bridge or the cement holding the bridge leaks, causing decay and more tooth loss.
With dental implants, the surrounding teeth are not in danger, and you will not experience the additional tooth loss caused by the strain of conventional dental bridges.
A very common application of dental implants is as a denture replacement. This is so common that a special procedure has been created by Nobel Biocare to address this issue. The procedure is called the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and surgeons. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.
The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the surgeon places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, you are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.
The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the surgeon throughout the treatment period.
CostThe fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.
How does the cost of implants compare to the alternatives? Though many people assume that implants are more expensive than traditional treatment, in many cases it is more cost efficient in the long run. Implants are better long-term alternatives from a financial and health standpoint. Visit www.idia.org for more details about the long-term savings patients have seen with dental implants.