For single tooth replacement
A dental implant is used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures.
Implants are cylinders that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Implants are often the alternative to bridges when restoring lost teeth.
Our Periodontist, Dr. Andrew Carmosino, specializes in and takes care of dental implants in-house. In unique cases, you may be referred to an oral surgeon for the placement of the implant itself. A healing cap is placed over the implant while the area heals, usually for a period of several months. When it is determined that the implant has integrated into the jawbone, your dentist will take over and will fabricate an extension, or post, that will attach to the implant. A custom restoration, either a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on your situation, will be attached to the implant post(s). The restoration is designed to provide optimum form and function for many years to come.
Dental Implants Transcription
“Hi, my name is Dr. Andy Carmosino, and I’m the periodontist at Madison Family Dental.
A periodontist is a dental specialist who diagnoses and treats people that have gum disease, and also is trained at the specialty level for the surgical placement of dental implants.
A dental implant is essentially a metal cylinder or titanium cylinder that’s surgically placed in the upper or lower jawbone to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Oftentimes, this is a very ideal way to replace missing teeth because it doesn’t involve any preparation or treatment to the adjacent teeth, and it also is fixed in the mouth so it’s not something that’s removed. It really is probably the closest thing we have to natural teeth.
The one advantage to seeing a periodontist for your dental implants is that a periodontist is not only able to place an implant if necessary, but in situations where the teeth are present [they are able] to determine if the remaining teeth are healthy enough to have an implant placed, and then also if there is a possibility of not having the tooth removed. This is a unique attribute to seeing a periodontist to determine if the implant is necessary, if it can be done safely, and if we’re able to maintain the health of it long term.
The process would be that if the tooth is present, initially the tooth is removed and there’s typically a healing time. We would be taking a three-dimensional image, an x-ray of your jawbone to make sure that the implant cannot only be done safely, but that there’s enough bone to place the implant — all the while making sure that everything in your else in your mouth is healthy and reviewing all the options available to the patient.
So when it comes time to place the implant, it is similar to an appointment for a tooth removal in that we’re able to numb the area, you’re completely comfortable while we’re working, and afterwards, generally people do very well with the recovery. It takes about three months for the implant to completely heal or integrate with the bone, and then you go back to your general or restorative dentist to have the crown made.
After the crown is in place, you would take care of the implant just like you would any other tooth with your home care and regular check-ups, and this is something that we’re very in tune with because there are sometimes problems that can arise with the health of an implant. So having the implants placed in a healthy mouth and planned properly [is important], but then also [it’s important] to follow up with it long term to make sure that the implant continues to be healthy and functional for you.”
Madison Family Dental Believes there are Several Advantages of Dental Implants
- Improved appearance – Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech – With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
- Easier eating – Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved oral health – Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not removed or altered to support the implant, your long-term oral health is improved. Individual implants also allow easier access to clean between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability – Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Improved chewing function – Implants prevent shifting, loss of chewing function, changes to your bite, and undo stress to the remaining teeth.
- Support – Implants support your lips and cheeks and help maintain the natural shape of your face.
Generally, There Are Good Candidates For Dental Implants
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums, enough bone to hold the implant, and must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Some patients must be evaluated on an individual basis. Heavy smokers, those with uncontrolled chronic disorders (e.g. diabetes or heart disease) or patients who have had radiation to the head or neck area should be evaluated. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.