WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A dental implant is a screw-shaped titanium structure designed to be inserted under the gingival tissue in the jaw to provide support for a replacement tooth, a bridge or a prosthesis. The dental implant is fully integrated into the jaw bone and gums. Thanks to this state of the art technique, healthy teeth no longer need to be cut to provide such support and retention. It feels, looks and functions like your natural teeth.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
- Dental implants are strong and stable, functioning like a natural tooth.
- Dental implants are the treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth.
- No more removing your teeth, slurring your speech or limiting your food choices.
- The best bridges and dentures only last five to ten years. Dental implants can last a lifetime.
COLLABORATION TO ESTABLISH AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT PLAN
Please know that, along with your dentist and periodontist, you will take part in the decision-making process. Dr. Mancini will establish a treatment plan to suit your specific needs.
There are three situations in which the use of dental implants is ideal:
- When a single tooth is missing, an implant and crown will be added.
- When several teeth are missing, we can add individual implants, or have the possibility of adding bridges which will be supported by implants.
- When all the teeth are missing, a bridge or removable prosthesis or a fixed denture will be supported by your dental implants.
The sinus lift is a procedure performed when there is not enough bone for successful dental implant placement. This procedure increases the quantity and quality of bone in the sinus wall located in the upper jaw. With this intervention, a very unstable removable denture will be replaced with a very comfortable and stable fixed prosthesis, supported by dental implants.
Over time, after teeth have been extracted, the lower and upper jaw can become deformed, leaving insufficient bone structure for the placement of dental implants. In order to correct this situation, we proceed to modify the ridge, a procedure better known as a bone graft. This operation involves lifting the gum to expose the inadequate bone structure and filling it with a bone substitute to rebuild the ridge. This procedure greatly improves the quality of the bone and increases the chances for successful dental implant placement.
FULL MOUTH ESTHETIC REHABILITATION
A combination of periodontal therapy and implant placement can help restore health, function and esthetics in cases with severely advanced disease and tooth loss.
If it is not possible to keep the natural dentition as support to a prosthetic treatment, or in cases in which the patient is already toothless and wants to replace a removable prosthesis with a fixed one, we can often rehabilitate entire arches by inserting an appropriate number of implants.
DENTAL IMPLANT MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS
The maintenance requirements for dental implants are the same as for your natural teeth. Regular brushing and the use of dental floss are recommended for effective cleaning. Dr. Mancini’s team will work closely with your dentist to determine the best maintenance plan for you. Periodic monitoring will be necessary to evaluate the condition of your dental implants, and your teeth and gum, in order to ensure continued excellent oral health.