Explaining Implant Therapy


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Explaining Implant Therapy

  1. 1. Dental Implant Therapy
  2. 2. What are they? <ul><li>Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed below the gum tissue and anchored to the bone.   </li></ul><ul><li>Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why would I need a dental implant? <ul><li>If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be used to help replace those teeth. </li></ul><ul><li>Dental implants are used to hold fixed crowns and bridges, which most closely mimic natural teeth. </li></ul><ul><li>Dental implants can also attach to a denture, which provides much more retention for the denture. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are the parts to a dental implant? <ul><li>The implant itself is the titanium screw anchored into the bone beneath the gum tissue. </li></ul><ul><li>Different attachments, called abutments, are intimately connected to the implant and rest above the gum tissue. </li></ul><ul><li>These abutments then attach to whichever type of restoration that you and your dentist decide is best for you. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is the process to getting an implant? <ul><li>First, find a dentist who is experienced and well-qualified in placing dental implants. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, decide what type of restoration (denture, crown, etc.) will be used to attach to the implant and replace the missing teeth. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Implant Placement <ul><li>The day that the implant is placed, the surgeon will first use local anesthesia to numb the area. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are nervous or anxious about a procedure like this, refer to our presentation on sedation dentistry. </li></ul><ul><li>Once the area is numb, an incision will be made into the gum tissue, exposing the jaw bone. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Implant Placement <ul><li>The dental surgeon will make a precision hole into the bone, where the dental implant will be placed. </li></ul><ul><li>Either a &quot;cover screw&quot; or &quot;healing cap&quot; will be placed on top of the implant. </li></ul><ul><li>The implant may rest above the gum tissue or could be &quot;buried&quot; below it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bone Levels <ul><li>Sometimes patients do not have adequate bone width or height in order to receive a dental implant. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the time, a patient's bone level can be evaluated prior to implant placement with the use of traditional X-rays or 3D images. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is found that there is not enough bone to receive a dental implant, your surgeon will discuss other bone grafting procedures that can dramatically increase the amount of bone in the area of missing teeth. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Restoring the Implant <ul><li>Once the implant has fused with the bone, the restoration process will begin. </li></ul><ul><li>The dentist will begin fabrication of the restoration method that was decided prior to implant placement (crown or denture). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Healing Time <ul><li>Implants will eventually fuse to the bone, so unlike a screw that is placed into wood, the implant cannot be &quot;unscrewed&quot; after this fusion is complete. </li></ul><ul><li>The implant takes time to fuse to the bone, which is estimated by your implant surgeon.  It typically ranges between 2-6 months. </li></ul>