What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most natural replacement of missing teeth . Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
At Dr. Nimri`s clinic various implant systems and techniques which cover the most difficult cases are used .
We use the most advanced technologies from diagnosis to finding a treatment plan for each patient with the most esthetic and functional prosthesis.
Types of dental implants
-One day implants and teeth
CAD/CAM In this type of treatment we take a 3D CT scan for the jaws then we make the treatment plan, after approval we send the treatment plan to a CAD/CAM machine which make the surgical guide and teeth will be fixed at the same day of placing the implants.
-Four days implants and teeth using basal implants
This is also called bicortical screws. This type doesn’t need a healing period. the impression is taken at the same day of implants placement and the lab work will need four days until we fix the teeth.
– All on four
lack of bone in the posterior area in the upper or lower jaw. This way is cost effective and you can have 12 teeth on four implants, we can use it also in case of lack of bone at posterior sides either in the upper or lower teeth.
For people who don’t like to have any metals in their body or for the very rare cases of titanium allergy this will be a perfect choice.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants have many advantages, including:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health : Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.
- Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability.Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
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. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease — need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.
What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.
Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks.
In the case of Bone Graft we have to wait at least for 12 weeks to 20 weeks and that depends on doctor’s evaluation .
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post — called an abutment — is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement).
The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.
Your dentist also will match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
Is there any immediate implants available ?
The advances in implant design enables a shortened treatment time without compromised esthetic results. Immediate loading of implants decreases the length of treatment, eliminates the need for removable appliances, and enhances esthetics by helping to maintain soft- and hard-tissue levels.
Patient selection, operator skill, implant features, implant position, bone quality and quantity, initial stability, and occlusal design are significant factors in success. If the guidelines are followed, then the restorative treatment is simplified and the esthetic result optimized.
In some special cases at Dr. Wissam’s clinic we do full arches implants that needs three days of treatment according to the guidelines that we mention .
What is the side effects and complications of the dental implants ?
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.
First, it is important to note that there is a difference between side effects, which are relatively common and temporary, and complications, which are more serious and thankfully quite rare. Complications such as implant failure, sinus problems, and nerve damage are often the result of poor treatment planning and candidate screening, which patients of Dr. wissam do not have to worry about. As is the case of any experienced implant dentist, Dr. wissam carefully screens patients to ensure their candidacy for the procedure and meticulously plans their surgeries using the most advanced technology at his disposal.
Common side effects of dental implant surgery, some or all of which you may experience to some degree, include:
- Bleeding at the implant site: Some bleeding is bound to occur after surgery, and may continue for up to 48 hours. Biting down on a gauze pack will help to control bleeding.
- Discomfort or mild to moderate pain: As with any surgery, you are bound to experience some discomfort or pain after dental implant surgery. You will be prescribed a pain reliever that will help you to manage your pain.
- Bruising: You will probably notice bruising on your face, as well as discoloration of your gums. These will subside in the days after your surgery.
- Swelling: As with bruising, swelling will subside over time. An ice pack can be used to reduce swelling.
- Infection: This side effect occurs primarily when patients fail to follow post-operative instructions or to take prescribed antibiotics as advised.
As long as you follow all post-operative instructions provided to you by Dr. wissam to the letter, all side effects should pass within the first week or so of your surgery.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups every 6 to 8 months with highly recommended water pik device which is highly recommended in crown ,bridges and implants cases .