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Dental Implants

A Patient's Guide

Ziena O

on 17 November 2012

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Transcript of Dental Implants

Replace with an Implant What is involved in Dental Implant Surgery? Different Options!! If so, you came to the
right place! What can happen if I don't replace a tooth? Risks & Complications Dental implants have a 95% success rate!
However, with any medical procedure there are always risks & complications. After the surgery, the following are to be expected:
Less common surgery complications include:
Lack of sensation or tingling
Jaw pain
Bone loss
Jaw fracture A Patient's guide Dental Implants Are you missing a Tooth and looking for a solution? Do nothing! Replace with a Bridge Replace with a partial denture
Generally it takes 4 to 6 months for the healing process.
During this time, the dental implants will mesh with the jawbone and gum tissues will have healed. While the healing takes place, no crowns or prostheses
will be placed to the implants. In some instances, a temporary crown may be put on the
implant during the healing process. Replace with a mini Implant
Right after the procedure:

Use gauze to stop any bleeding.
Ice packs can be used for the next 24 hours to reduce swelling.
If needed, the oral surgeon will prescribe medication to ease pain and discomfort.
Most likely the oral surgeon will suggest a diet of soft foods so there is no unnecessary stress in the area around the implant.
Stitches placed during surgery will either dissolve or be removed by the oral surgeon. Right After Surgery Healing Process After healing you will need to see the dentist to finish the restorative process and place a new crown. After the Healing Process In addition to your regularly 6 months visits to your dentist for cleanings, you will need to maintain proper hygiene to care for your implant!
It is important to keep the area around the implant clean with special brushes or floss.
The implant will not work properly if not kept clean.
Smoking, excessive drinking, and chewing hard foods not only harms your teeth but can also harm implants. Maintenance What to Expect After
Dental Implant Surgery? Very Important! Pros:
No initial cost.
Can lead to more complications and possibly complicate treatment and increase final cost.
Compromises function and aesthetics. Procedure:
Adjacent teeth to missing tooth are prepared to support a bridge that replaces that tooth
Moderate cost
No surgical procedure
Adjacent teeth will have to be cut down even if they were sound
Bone loss where teeth were removed
Recurrent decay under it Pros:
Relatively inexpensive
Can flex during chewing
Can cause fracture, decay, and loosening of other teeth
Bone loss continues to occur with it Gum recession and bone loss around adjacent teeth. Shifting of teeth Bone loss in your jaw (A dental implant prevents bone loss) If too much time has passed and too much bone has been lost, grafting may be needed to increase bone mass before an implant procedure can be done. Not replacing lost teeth can result in difficulty eating and may affect the aesthetics of your smile! First your oral surgeon will prepare a small-diameter hole in the jaw bone to guide the placement of the implant drill. After the initial hole has been created,
your oral surgeon will slowly widen the hole to allow for placement of the implant. Following implant placement, often a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the implant site to heal properly. In aesthetic areas, a temporary crown can be made and place at the at time the implant is inserted. Used mostly to secure lower dentures in completely edentulous patients.
Cheaper than implants
Less bone requirements
No surgery
Same day of procedure, patient get their final denture
Keep bone from resorbing
May not have real bone integration
Studies aren't as comprehensive as those made on regular implants. What Are Implants? They are replacements for the roots of missing teeth made of titanium to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. WHY IMPLANTS? SURGICAL PROCEDURE WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW Why is there a 3-6 month
waiting period before the implants can be built upon? This time is needed for the implant to attach to the bone by a process called "osseointegration", which is essential for the success of the implant.

The length of time varies with the quality of bone that is present where the implant is placed. WHAT TO EXPECT 1) Single missing tooth replacement 2) Multiple missing teeth replaced with a fixed partial prosthesis ( bridge fixed over multiple implants For the Edentulous Patient: 3) When all teeth are missing, a denture can be retained in multiple ways over dentures What is an implant-supported
overdenture? Benefits of the implant-supported denture: Implants help secure the denture in a patient’s mouth
Makes it easier to chew food.
No more messy dental adhesives.
Dentures will no longer slip or click while talking, eating or chewing.
If conventional dentures interfere with your speech, that problem can be alleviated . In fact, if you have existing dentures,
they can be modified to be supported by implants or new dentures can be designed for the implants.

Even implant-supported dentures may need adjusting from time to time.
They do require good daily oral hygiene habits just like natural teeth because plaque and tartar can build up on dentures just like they do on natural teeth. What You Need to Know: It is a denture that is supported by and attached to implants.
It has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
They usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there.
There are different types of implant supported dentures for different cases and needs. By: Christine Al-khouri
Ziena Obaida Hope this short presentation was of benefit to you. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you. FOR THE EDENTULOUS PATIENT
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