Modern-day dentistry is much more improved than it was a few years ago. This is because dental care practices have evolved significantly over time. Even so, tooth loss continues to affect a vast global population.
Dentures and bridges have long been used as primary tooth replacement options. But today, a much better solution exists in the form of dental implants.
Table of Contents
- 1 What are Dental Implants?
- 2 How Do I Know If I’m A Candidate for Dental Implants?
- 3 What Are The 3 Types of Dental Implants?
- 4 Preparation for the Dental Implant Procedure
- 5 Dental Implant Procedure
- 6 Is There Pain After Dental Implants?
- 7 What is better, a bridge or implant?
- 8 Do Dental Implants Last Forever?
- 9 Dental Implants FAQs
- 10 Consult our Experts
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a replacement root driven surgically into the jawbone. After that, it becomes a foundation or post to anchor a dental crown or bridge. In some cases, multiple implants may be used to support dentures. This artificial root is made of metal or other durable materials, depending on the patient’s choice or the doctor’s recommendations.
Because it is fixed into the jawbone, a dental implant allows patients to regain their ability to chew foods after losing a tooth or teeth. Dental implants are the next best thing after having a complete set of natural teeth.
How Do I Know If I’m A Candidate for Dental Implants?
Even though most patients with missing teeth may benefit from dental implants, this treatment option is not for everyone. You must meet specific candidacy criteria before your dentist approves a dental implant to restore your missing tooth or teeth.
Here is a set of requirements an individual must meet to be a suitable candidate for a dental implant.
- Good health of the gums and surrounding teeth
- Good bone volume and density to support the dental implant
- Willingness to stick to a healthy dental and oral care regimen
- Non-smoker (preferable)
- Have patience with the treatment procedure as it may take a year to complete
What Are The 3 Types of Dental Implants?
The three types of dental implants are:
- Endosteal Implants
- Subperiosteal Implants
- Zygomatic Implants
Let’s discuss these types one by one.
Endosteal or conventional implants are the most common type of dental implant. These implants are placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. These are usually made of titanium and shaped like a screw. After their insertion into the slot, these implants protrude slightly from the gums. This protrusion allows for the placement of a dental crown.
Unlike an endosteal implant, a subperiosteal implant is a metal framework adjusted over the bone under the gum tissue. This metal framework provides the attachment posts that protrude through the gum. This option is less common than endosteal and is generally considered for patients with insufficient jawbone to support a conventional dental implant.
Zygomatic implants are an advanced but rare option for patients with a missing tooth or teeth. As the name suggests, these implants are placed into the zygomatic bone, also known as cheekbone, to support crowns, bridges, or dentures. This option is generally suitable for individuals suffering from severe bone loss in the jaw.
Preparation for the Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implantation is a surgical procedure and, thus, should be planned by specialist dentists called oral and maxillofacial surgeons. These surgeons specialize in treating teeth, jawbone, cheekbones, and other tissues connected to the facial structure. These specialists usually recommend a thorough evaluation as a part of the treatment plan.
Here is a brief overview of the evaluation required for dental implant surgery.
- Dental examination: This usually involves x-rays and 3D images of the inside of the mouth to create a model of your teeth and jaws.
- Medical history review: Your doctor will inquire about your medical conditions and medications, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medicines. They may also suggest antibiotics before the treatment to prevent infections.
- Treatment plan: Treatment planning mainly involves strategizing the placement of implants. Factors generally considered during this step include the location of your missing tooth, jawbone density, and the pace of your recovery after surgery.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant surgery is generally based on multiple treatment sessions, all outpatient. These sessions are spaced a few months apart to allow your treated region to heal. Here are the steps involved in the dental implant procedure.
- Damage tooth removal (skipped if the tooth was lost with its entire root)
- Preparation of the jawbone (may involve grafting if the existing jawbone is insufficient)
- Placement of the dental implant
- Jawbone fusing with the dental implant
- Attachment of the abutment over the implant’s protrusion above the gum tissue
- Artificial tooth placement on the abutment (crown, bridge, or denture)
Is There Pain After Dental Implants?
Pain erupts after dental implant surgery when the effect of anesthesia wears off and goes at its peak during the first 24-72 hours. Even so, the post-treatment pain and discomfort are generally tolerable. And the good thing is you can take over-the-counter medications to reduce this pain. You may also ask for a pain medication prescription from your dentist or healthcare provider.
It is imperative to take care of the treated area and surrounding tissues to keep the entire region disinfected. Make sure to follow your dentist’s instructions.
What is better, a bridge or implant?
A dental implant lasts longer than a dental bridge. Moreover, an implant is strong enough to help you chew your foods properly. A dental bridge doesn’t offer this perk. Dental implants are generally considered a better option than a dental bridge.
Do Dental Implants Last Forever?
Despite being the longest-lasting prosthetic dental restoration, a dental implant is not permanent. The lifespan of this restoration depends on how well you take care of your oral health and hygiene. Typically, a dental implant would last 20-30 years.
Dental Implants FAQs
How much is a dental implant?
The average starting cost of dental implant treatment is 6800AED. The final price of the treatment depends on the number of dental implants and other additional steps like bone grafting.
When should you not get dental implants?
A dental implant is generally not an option if one or more of the following situations are true.
You are not in good physical health.
You do not have an adequate jawbone to support an implant.
You are suffering from a chronic illness.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
The dental implant placement into the jawbone takes about two hours. This initiates a long-term recovery phase that generally lasts three to six months, depending on the pace of tissue healing. This healing involves the jawbone growing around the implant and fusing with it. Once the jawbone fuses with the dental implant, the dentist schedules another appointment, during which they affix a crown or bridge on the top of the implant.
Can dental implants fall out?
Although scarce, the risk of dental implants falling out exists. Sometimes, the abutment screw falls off, which is not a reason to panic. But regardless of the reason your implant has fallen out, it is imperative to consult your dentist right away.
Which is better, dentures or implants?
Dental implants are costly, but they provide support for 20 years or more. On the other hand, dentures are a cost-effective solution but don't last long. They may also require adjustments from time to time.
What are the risks of dental implants?
There are only a few risks associated with dental implants. Those risks include:
Infection in the treated area
Injury or damage to the tissues around the treated region
Nerve damage, causing numbness, pain, or tingling
Sinus infection (if the implant has been placed in the upper jaw region close to the sinus cavities)
Consult our Experts
A dental implant is the most advanced tooth restoration treatment that requires the particular expertise of the dentist. At Euromed Clinic Dubai, we offer dental implants and other dental treatments from the hands of highly skilled and acclaimed dentists. For more information or to book a consultation, you can fill out the online form below or call us.
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