What are dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent prosthetic teeth that are attached to a titanium post that is inserted into the patient's jawbone. The titanium post will act as a root for the tooth and on top of the abutment will be placed a prosthetic crown that will exactly resemble a patients tooth. The crown will be composed of either ceramic or porcelain and can be color matched to your teeth. Therefore when you smile the fact that you have an implant will be hardly visible. The process of dental implants became a major advancement in dentistry once Per-Ingvar Brånemark, M.D., Ph.D. and his team accidentally discovered that titanium can fuse to bone in a process that was later called osseo-integration. This was discovered accidentally when they were working on the lower legs of rabbits. When they tried to remove them they discovered that they had fused. This application was then applied to dentistry.
This process was known as "osseointegration," and it was concluded that titanium could be used to create an anchor for artificial teeth. Since millions of patients all over the world have successfully undergone dental implant surgery and have changed the way the smile, eat and laugh forever.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
It is important for patients to understand that when a tooth has been removed the bone density across the jaw ridge decreases in the first year and the patient will lose 25% in the area where the tooth is removed. Loss of bone density in patients who are having one or multiple teeth removed is a serious issue and therefore bone loss can cause loss of definition in facial structure. It can cause patients to lose the ability to speak, chew and maintain nourishment from their food will become compromised. In the area where tooth loss has happened, missing teeth should be replaced not only for cosmetic reasons but also for the patients oral health and total well being.
What are the problems that can arise when teeth are removed?
When a patient is missing teeth and they are not replaced it can cause a number of problems. Initially the underlying tooth loss will create a large space that will cause neighboring teeth to fill in the gap. This can cause teeth to become out of balance. When this process happens teeth begin to extrude out of their sockets and it is possible that you can create spaces. This can lead to periodontal disease. Dental implants are a very successful way of improving patients overall smiles as well as replacing your missing teeth with dental implants patients can retain their smile and achieve optimal dental health.
What are the main types of dental implants and can I get one or more dental implants?
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What does dental implant surgery consist of?
Dental implant surgery is performed by either an oral surgeon or a periodontist. Dr. Terranova is both. Initially patients will need to come to our a dental office to be evaluated. You will have a consultation for dental implants at our Astoria office where Dr. Terranova will ascertain how much bone density you have and whether you will need bone grafting before dental implants or if there is sufficient bone mass there to perform the procedure. Once he has determined that you are a possible candidate you will come attend our Astoria office for dental implants.
Initially Dr. Terranova will surgically place a dental implant composed of a titanium post into the patients jawbone. This is performed by initially removing some of the gum tissue and exposing the bone. Sophisticated dental software is used in order to strategically place the dental implant in the space. The exposed area is then covered once the implant is placed and the process of osseo-integration takes place.
Dr Terranova will then schedule another appointment in 3 to 6 months after the implant has become fused with the patients jaw. This process this is known as osseo-integration and takes place over a number of months whereby the titanium post will become fixed to the jawbone. When the patients returns to see if the process of osseo-integration has been successful, Dr. Terranova will remove some of the gum tissue in order to see if the titanium post has fused with the jaw bone. In most cases this will have been enough time for the patients titanium post to fuse to the bone. In many cases crown can then be affixed to the titanium post known as the abutment.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants can in some cases be placed immediately after the removal of a tooth, but normally some time will be left before an implant will be placed after the removal of a tooth.
Dental implants can improve your appearance your smile and your self-esteem.
Dental implants are comfortable and improve conversation, well being and overall dental health.
Dental implants are the closest thing to real teeth and prevent bone loss in the jawbone.
Dental implants can brighten your smile by replacing missing teeth and gaps.
Dental implants are better than traditional bridges which can grind down the teeth overtime and damage your gums.
Dental implants can enhance the overall quality of your life and improve eating habits immediately.
Dental implants eliminate the need for messy adhesives used to hold dentures.
Dental implants eliminate unsightly metal clasps seeing on dental partials for partial dentures.
Dental implants with the proper care and attention will never need to be removed again.
Some extra reading on dental implants.
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