Dental Implants and Implant Therapy

Dental Implants and Implant Therapy

Dental implants replace a missing tooth’s root and look, fit and feel like natural teeth. They help prevent nearby teeth from shifting toward the gap and loosening, and they promote bone health by stimulating the growth of new bone tissue in the jaw. They also prevent the collapse of the jawline that occurs when natural teeth are missing.응암동치과잘하는곳

In addition, implant-supported replacement teeth are more comfortable than dentures, which can slip and rub against the gums when chewing or speaking. They also do not require the use of adhesives or special diets. A study found that 94% of patients who received dental implants were satisfied with their result and said their quality of life was improved after treatment.

The dental implant procedure begins with an incision in the gum to expose the bone. A hole is then drilled into the bone, and the metal implant post is placed. Once the implant has been positioned, the gum is sutured shut. The implant site must then heal, which can take between four and six months. Once the healing process is complete, a prosthetic can be placed onto the implant, such as a crown or bridge.

Several surgical approaches are used in dental implant therapy: two-stage, one-stage, and immediate restoration. A standardized implant design allows for a simplified surgical approach with minimal complications and a quicker recovery. In a two-stage procedure, the implant body is placed below the soft tissue until bone maturation has occurred and then, during a second surgery, the abutment is attached to the implant body.

A one-stage surgical procedure places the implant body and abutment in the same surgery, which is faster than a two-stage technique. This surgical strategy is more predictable, requires less patient discomfort, and may allow for the use of smaller sized implants.

Implant therapy has become the standard of care for the replacement of a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Its longevity, aesthetic results and esthetic integration with neighboring teeth make it the preferred choice for many patients.

Patients who have good oral hygiene and who do not smoke or have uncontrolled chronic diseases are good candidates for dental implant restorations. However, due to advances in diagnostics and bone reconstruction techniques, implant therapy is now possible for many more patients who were previously not considered candidates.

It is important to note that smoking or having certain health conditions can interfere with the implant healing process and can predispose to infection after surgery.2

If you are considering replacing a missing tooth or teeth with an implant, we recommend that you schedule a consultation to discuss your options. Our team will help you choose the best option for your needs and goals. We can answer your questions, evaluate your condition, and provide a detailed treatment plan. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence again! -Dr. David R. McLeod, DDS, FACS, FRCS (Edin) – The Dental Specialists of St. Louis 이일우치과