Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices usually made of titanium or other alloys which are implanted in the maxillary and mandibular bone, as part of the treatment for replacing teeth that have been lost on dental arcades. Most dental specialists and patients prefer dental implants because they provide the same function as teeth and also help prevent bone atrophy. Dental implants can be used to replace a missing tooth or an unrecoverable tooth, with the aim of restoring all of the functions of dento-maxillary apparatus.
Who is a dental implant candidate?
In most cases, anyone who is healthy enough can be considered eligible for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and a sufficiently strong bone structure to support the dental implant. Also, the patient should pay special attention to oral hygiene and should schedule periodic visits to the dentist. If you are considering a dental implant, please consult the dental specialist team from Dental Clinic Dr. Saki in order to determine if you meet all the conditions for this intervention.
Steps of dental implant surgery
The first step in dental implant surgical procedure is to develop a personalized treatment plan. The plan will be tailored to the specific needs identified by patients and will be prepared by the team of professionals with experience in oral surgery and prosthetic dentistry at Dental Clinic Dr. Saki.
The dental implant is the artificial replacement of the natural tooth root and has the role of a solid foundation for a dental crown or bridge.
In the next steps, the implant will be placed instead of the missing tooth, followed by the osteointegration period which lasts between 3-6 months.
Osteointegration, defined as an anatomical and functional direct link between bone tissue and the surface of an artificial implant, is essential for implant stability and it’s considered a prerequisite condition for implant loading and long-term clinical success of dental implants.
Once the implant is correctly osseointegrated, a prosthetic device called an artificial abutment will be attached by screwing it over which the dentist will place the dental crown or bridge to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
Benefits of dental implants
Compared to fixed prosthetic works and mobilizable prostheses, dental implants offer many advantages:
1. Better aesthetics
Because implants are inserted into a bone similar to how a natural tooth is supported, they provide a more realistic and natural look than the other alternatives.
2. Reduced bone resorption
When a tooth is lost, the bone support structure is gradually reabsorbed. The insertion of an implant into the empty space created significantly reduces the rate of bone resorption and ensures stability for this valuable tissue.
For patients who have experienced mobile, total or partial prosthesis, retention is always a challenge to keep the prostheses in the same place. Dental implants provide a significant improvement in prosthetic retention for all patients.
4. Conservation of the natural tooth structure
Often, the preferred method of replacing one or more missing teeth is a dental bridge that rests on neighboring teeth. This procedure involves grinding the teeth, and it may have a negative impact on the patient’s dental status. An implant is an independent unit and doesn’t adversely affect adjacent teeth.