Month: November, 2010

All about Dental Implants

Dental implants are offering a more effective and durable alternative to dental bridges and dentures and enabling people to successfully restore their missing or decaying teeth. People lose single or multiple teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw due to gum disease or a traumatic experience. Instead of choosing traditional dentures, they look for a more durable and natural looking replacement alternative. Treatment options like single dental implants and multiple dental implant methods are bringing a lasting solution to teeth loss conditions and helping people to smile again.

Dental implants have now become a standard of treatment for all those who are losing single or multiple teeth in the upper and/or lower arches. However, not all oral surgeons specialize in dental implant methods. So they propose removable dentures or fixed bridges with wire wrapped around the adjacent teeth to keep them in place. This does not prove to be the most comfortable solution.

People with missing teeth can now seek replacement in dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that your oral surgeon or dental implant expert uses to replace your original roots using a surgery technique. Instead of relying on the gum line like traditional dentures or using healthy teeth in the adjacent areas as anchors like dental bridges, dental implants provide a lasting support to the replacement tooth or bridge. Made of titanium metal that easily integrates within the mouth and replaces the natural roots, dental implants never make uncomfortable noises or slip during speaking or eating. Moreover, they prevent bone loss and cause no harm to the adjacent teeth. The dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. Under proper care and regular maintenance, the implants can last for a life time.

What dental implants offer?

1. The implants help to restore single or multiple missing teeth without damaging adjacent teeth.
2. Eliminate the requirement for a partial or full denture.
3. Provide stable support for replacement teeth, making it more secure and comfortable.

Where are dental implants applicable?

An experienced dental implant expert will inspect the condition of your existing teeth and decide how and where to place your dental implants. Based on your current condition the dentist will create a treatment plan perfect for your needs. Commonly, dental implants are recommended for the following conditions:

Dental implants for replacing a single tooth: A single dental implant can help you to replace a single missing tooth. Here, the dental implant replaces the missing tooth and its root.

Dental implants for replacing multiple teeth: Dental implants can be integrated to replace multiple missing teeth. Missing teeth and roots are being replaced with the help of dental implants.

Dental implants for replacing a full arch of teeth: A full set of implants can replace your entire set of teeth, both bottom and top arches.

How to Get a Great Smile with Dental Implants

Nowadays, dental implants are emerging as a practical treatment option for people who have already lost single or multiple teeth in the upper and/or lower arch due to periodontal diseases, tooth decay, accident or some other traumatic condition. They are helping people to fill in the gap created in place of missing teeth and get back the confident smile they once had. Teeth gaps tend to discourage people from smiling as they are worried about the image the gap portrays. However, dental implants are helping to make people feel comfortable smiling again.

There are alternative treatment options available for replacing the missing teeth like traditional dentures and bridges but they don’t prove to be as effective and as durable as dental implants. Partial and full dentures have been catering to the teeth replacement requirements of people for more than thirty years. However, dental implants have exceeded dentures in providing a more permanent solution. Similarly, single dental implants have started to replace the removable and fixed bridges which were once a popular option. Multiple dental implants are helping people to restore several missing teeth without needing support from the adjacent teeth. They also ensure the least damage to the remaining teeth and reduce the discomfort often associated with other alternative solutions.

People are relying on the dental implants method to enhance or restore their smile. These natural looking implants are helping them to overcome the restrictions of full or partial dentures and obtain a beautiful smile.

People with traditional dentures often face problems with eating and talking. However, permanently fixed dental implants are helping them to speak fluently without any fear of implants slipping. Implants also provide people the ability to have a stronger biting force again. In this way, implants are enabling people to restore their facial structure which means they look and feel more healthy and youthful.

Mini Dental Implants for High Risk Groups

Dental implants are not all the same. Normally any dental implant less than 2.5mm in diameter is referred to as a mini dental implant. But just because they are diminutive in size doesn’t mean the results cannot be spectacular for certain categories of patients.
Dr. Brueggen has placed hundreds of mini dental implants. When used to help keep a lower denture in place they have proven themselves to be dependable and durable. This is not the case with uppers and their use should be avoided in the upper arch.

When asked; what is the preferred solution. Regular dental implants or mini dental implants Dr. Brueggen responds: “Usually regular dental implants. Their size provides more strength and greater anchoring to the jaw and much more sophisticated attachments to secure the denture to the dental implant.””Additionally a mini dental implant should rarely in ever be used for any purpose other than to help hold a lower denture in place.” “Traditional dental implants offer many more restorative choices than mini dental implants”.
However, Dr. Brueggen says that every case must be evaluated on its’ own merits and mini dental implants are sometimes the treatment of choice.
Two examples would be:
1. Cost – some patients, especially elderly folks already wearing a lower denture, cannot afford the cost of traditional implants.
2. Health – some patients have health issues that make implant surgery too risky. Mini dental implants can be placed with only light local anesthesia and no incisions or stitches.
Mini dental implants can be placed quickly and since they require no incision or stitches they are ideal for certain cases. Additionally an existing denture can frequently be used further reducing time and cost and an equally exciting feature is that the denture can be secured by the mini dental implants the same day they are placed. A denture cannot usually be secured by regular dental implants for 4 to 6 months after they are placed.
Since no incision or surgery is required for mini dental implants, they offer an ideal dental treatment option to high risk groups, including:

1. Heart patients with a recent surgery
2. People with severe diabetes
3. Those who want their lower denture to be more firm
4. Those with a limited budget for other options
5. Those who are regular smokers
6. People with blood clot problems
7. Those getting bisphosphonate treatments or medicines for osteoporosis
Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
The benefits of mini dental implants can be stated as follows:
1. Easy Procedure
2. Reliability
3. Great Functional Value
4. Affordable Price
Every patient wearing a lower denture owes it to themselves to at least have it secured by mini dental implants.