DENTAL IMPLANTS – Replacing Missing Teeth The possible complications of dental implants include the 5. Stages of Implants Treatment
1. What is Dental Implant following:
Bleeding, infection, numbness or injury to nearby
An implant is an alternative treatment that replaces a missing The first stage in implant treatment is to place the
tooth with an almost equivalent restoration in terms of muscles
cylinder within the jaw so that the bone grows in close
function, strength, and esthetic. A dental implant is a titanium Injury to nearby sinus cavity contact with it. Just like a natural tooth root the metal
post/cylinder that can be utilized in the same way as a tooth Incomplete healing of the bone around the implant implant cylinder can provide a stable well anchored
root. leading to a implant failure.
Dental implants have many advantages over dentures and bridges: support for a crown, bridge, or a removable denture. It
Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your has been found that the presence of an implant fixture
own. Under proper conditions, such as placement by your 4. Options of Implants Treatment prevents the loss of bone and sometimes encourages it to
dentist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a grow back.
A treatment plan will be tailored to meet your needs,
Patients find they can eat better depending on your specific condition and the type of
During the first surgery, your dentist places anchors in
Patients can eat foods that may have caused problems with implant chosen. The treatment options are described below.
your jawbone. The implants are placed beneath the
regular dentures like biting into an apple Replacing a Single Tooth If you are missing a single tooth, tissue, and the gum is stitched back into place. You may
Patients are able to talk and laugh without feeling self- one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant experience some swelling and discoloration of the gums
conscious replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root. as well as some discomfort. To allow implants to heal
Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth
Replacing Several Teeth If you are missing several teeth, properly, you should eat a soft diet such as soup or
to periodontal disease or decay have been successful
implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants mashed potatoes.
By stimulating the bone, implants help maintain bone, thereby
will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
eliminating the potential for future bone loss Integration Phase. The Second stage of surgery is
Replacing All of Your Teeth If you are missing all of your
teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can
usually performed 6 months after the first. Your dentist
2. What Dental Implants Can Do? replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost will attach extension posts or abutments that will join the
Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth. natural teeth and some of the roots. anchors to the prosthesis. These abutments may be
Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial Sinus Augmentation A key to implant success is the quantity permanent connectors, or may be temporary space
denture. and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The holders until your dentist makes permanent abutments.
Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult You will also be taught how to keep the abutments clean
comfortable. areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient by using a small toothbrush.
bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Restoration Phase. After the gum has had time to heal
Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising
the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental
(normally 6 months), your new teeth will be fitted.
implants. Your dentist will create a prosthesis and fit it to the
abutments inside your mouth. Several checkups will be
Ridge Modification Deformities in the upper or lower jaw
can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental scheduled to ensure that your implants are functioning
implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from properly.
the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled Be sure to call your dentist if you have any pain or
with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge discomfort in your jaws or mouth.
modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance
and increase your chances for successful implants that can last 6. What Can I Expect After Treatment?
for years to come.
Before dental implant After dental implant
Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require
the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and
5. Anatomy of a Dental Implant plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply.
3. Are You a Candidate for Dental
Implants? After treatment, your dentist will work closely with you to
develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up
Dental implants are not for everyone. First, you must have enough visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth, and
healthy jawbone to support an implant, or you may require a bone
gums to make sure they are healthy.
graft. Gum tissues should also be disease free. Patients with
medical conditions that affect the body’s ability to heal and repair Because implants stick to the bone, false teeth attached to
itself, such as diabetes and cancer may not be good candidates. implants look and act much like natural teeth. You must
Likewise, patients who are not committed to thorough home care
brush and floss your implant(s) very carefully. Be gentle,
are better off with other restorative options.
A Dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is but make sure you brush all sides of your implant(s). Floss
composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses very carefully at least once a day. You will need to be
with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion gentle with the floss where the implant meets the gum
of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the (called the gumline). You may find a floss threader useful
crown, which is fitted onto the abutment for a natural for cleaning this area.
OTHER INFORMATION: DENTAL IMPLANT DENTAL IMPLANT
Success Rates of Dental Implants
The success rate for upper jaw implants is slightly lower because
Teeth are a very important part of our personal look.
They give us self-confidence and substantially they
the upper jaw (especially the back area) is less dense than the
lower jaw, making successful implantation and osseointegration
form a part of our quality of life. Teeth enable us full-
value biting, unlimited smile, speech and natural Teeth
potentially more difficult to achieve. Implant placement at the feeling.
back of the lower jaw has the highest success rate for all dental
Dental Implant Risks
Dental implants may fail for a number of reasons, but the cause
often is related to a failure in the osseointegration process. There is
a risk for dental implants to break, or the site in which they were
placed may become infected, or the crown restoration on top of the
implant could become loose.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to peri-implantitis around dental
implants, a disease that is similar to the development of
periodontitis (severe gum disease) around a natural tooth.
However, dental implant restorations are not susceptible to Implants give the patient the dental health and smile
cavities the way natural teeth are.
Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of rejection as have
that he/she was looking for.
Implants were utilized to make complex rehabilitation
certain medical conditions such as diabetes. When an implant is possible.
rejected there are usually no symptoms and it is only apparent to
Dental implants give patients the ability to have
the surgeon at the second stage procedure. Our aim is that an
implant fixture should remain for the life of the patient. natural looking and functioning teeth. More Reasons to Smile
Dental implants can restore the ability to chew and
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A popular treatment for deficient or inadequate bone
Although it is not always possible to predict or
structure is the use of bone grafts. This procedure Edmonton, Alberta T6A-3G3
can forestall the final placement of implants because guarantee the long-term results of the implant
integration must take place between old bone and procedure, individual case studies have shown
the newer bone graft material. The graft material modern dental implants to last for more than 20
itself may be natural or synthetic, each having years. Additionally, success rates of more than 95 Tel: (780) 468-2529
different properties that best suit a particular patient percent are common. Fax: (780) 465-9806
Mini Dental Implants
Another strategy for implant placement within narrow spaces is At Mo’s Dental, all phases of Implant treatment Email: MODENTAL101@gmail.com
the incorporation of the mini implant. Mini implants may be used
for small teeth and incisors
Mini implants are approximately half the width of their We are general dentists providing the following services:
traditional counterparts Implant Procedure Date: _____________
** Wisdom Teeth Extractions ** Root Canal Therapy
The smaller mini implants are about the size of a standard ** Orthdontics ** Conscious Sedation
Implant Check Up Date: _____________
wooden toothpick (they are made out of a titanium alloy) ** Implants
The implant is not fully submerged during a narrow implant ** Laser, Cosmetics, General Dentistry
procedure, and integration is usually immediate NOTES/QUESTIONS: ** All Ceramic Crowns, Veneers, Bridges
Mini implants are less costly If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call us
Mini implants are solid though they do not contain a screw at the clinic (780)468-2529. If it is an inquiry after office
hour, please contact our emergency number at
Procedure generally involves no major incisions (780)709-8645.
FDA approved the MDI mini implant as a long term
method of denture stabilization