Dental implants are made of titanium and placed in bone. They function as anchors for replacement teeth. They can hold crowns, bridges and dentures.
The Benefits Of Implants
When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.
Denture supported implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jawbone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures.
In 1952 at the university town of Lund, Sweden, Professor Per-Ingvar Branemark had a lucky accident. He discovered that it was impossible to recover any of the bone-anchored titanium microscope he was using in his research. The titanium had apparently bonded irreversibly to living bone tissue. He discovered that under careful controlled conditions, titanium could be structurally integrated into living bone with a very high degree of predictability and without long-term soft tissue inflammation or ultimate fixture rejection. Dr. Branemark named the phenomenon osseointegration.
Prior to 2003, the actual procedure could take las 3-4 hours. The complete process could take 4-9 months or longer. The procedure would include two surgical steps. The dentist sliced open the gums to create a "gum flap". An implant that looked like a cylinder was placed in the jaw to act as replacement for tooth roots.
Dental Implants Today For Full Arch Bridge
In the new procedure "Teeth in-an-hour" (created by Nobel Biocare) patients typically get a CT scan, which is used to create a 3-D digital image of the mouth. The image allows the dentist to do "virtual surgery", planning the placement of the implants in the mouth digitally. A surgical guide is then constructed. This allows the dentist to place implants without having to slice open the gums. When the patient returns the prostheses is waiting. Local anesthesia is used to deaden the nerves. A surgical guide is placed in the mouth, which indicates implant cites. Tissue the exact size of the implant is removed, based on the surgical guide. Although several weeks of planning is involved prior to the actual placement, the surgical procedure, "Teeth in-an-hour" actually takes approximately an hour per arch.
Other Implant Options
Implant supported dentures
Same day implants
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