Dental implants are strong and stable titanium posts that are embedded into the jawbone and serve as an anchor for your tooth restoration, whether that’s a crown for a single tooth or a full-arch denture used to replace an entire arch of teeth.
The advantage of implants as a tooth replacement is that they are made of biocompatible materials that fuse with the jawbone to replace the tooth roots. This restores stimulation to the jawbone to prevent bone loss and ensures that your implants are firmly held in place and will never move.
Implants are incredibly durable which makes them a long-term replacement option for missing teeth. As the only tooth restoration that prevents bone loss, you won’t have to worry about facial sagging or changes to your bite. Contact us at Bobbio Family Dental today to schedule a consultation.
Implants have a 95% success rate.
Dr. Bobbio will examine your jawbone to determine if you have enough bone density to support dental implants. If you don’t, you may need bone grafts to create enough support or you may be more suitable for All-On-Four implants.
To make sure the procedure is painless and as comfortable as possible, we will administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Sedation is also available to ease any anxiety or discomfort.
After making an incision into the gums to reveal the underlying jawbone, we will drill into the jawbone and implant the titanium post. The gums will be repositioned and sutured.
After this first oral surgery, you will need to wait 3 to 6 months for the jawbone to fuse with the implant, through a process known as osseointegration. Once this happens, the implant is stable and won’t move.
If osseointegration is successful, we will reopen the gums to attach the abutment. This is the connection point between the implant and the restoration.
Using impressions taken of your teeth or mouth, we will fabricate a custom-made dental crown, denture, or bridge to attach to your implants. This can be placed about 6 weeks after the attachment of the abutment.
Implant restorations are replacements for the visible portions of the teeth. The implants restore the tooth roots and hold the restorations in place, but it’s the actual restorations that show when you smile and are used to chew and speak. For single implants, this will be a dental crown but if you are replacing many teeth, this can be a denture or bridge.
It’s important to properly care for your implants by attending routine dental appointments, where we will check on the condition of your implants and thoroughly clean them. At home, you should brush twice a day and floss once a day around your implants with an interdental brush.
You should go to the dentist every 6 months and avoid smoking. At your dental cleanings, we will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from around the implants to prevent implant failure.
When an implant is used to replace a single tooth, we only need to place one implant and attach one dental crown. After implanting the titanium post in the jawbone, it takes about 3 to 6 months for it to fuse with the jawbone. Once this has occurred, the abutment is attached, and then 6 weeks later, we can attach the dental crown.
Full arch implants are the replacement of one or both arches of teeth by placing a series of implants in the jawbone that support an entire prosthesis such as a denture or bridge. Traditionally, this has required 6 to 8 implants but nowadays, it can be done with just four implants per arch of teeth by placing the two rear implants at an angle.
This is known as All-On-4 and it is a great option for patients with limited bone support. The ability to stabilize a denture with implants removes the awkward movement that can occur with dentures and prevents bone loss.
An implant should never move and if you notice one moving, this is a sign of implant failure.
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is an incredibly durable biocompatible material that lasts for a minimum of 25 years. As long as you practice good oral hygiene and proper care for your implants, they can last for life and may never need to be replaced. You will, however, need to replace the attached restoration because these degrade over time from chewing forces.
Smoking increases your risk of implant failure and should be avoided.