A remarkable advancement: Replacing lost teeth with dental implants

By November 21, 2011 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Essentially 100 percent of all humans will lose a permanent tooth at some point in life. In the early years, decay and growth problems cause tooth loss. In mid life, gum disease takes its toll. In later life, abrasion and cracking occur because the tooth enamel becomes brittle. Once teeth are lost from the jaw, the bone melts away over time. The presence of a tooth root or dental implant London stops this melting process.
Having a missing tooth in the back part of the mouth is troublesome because we lose chewing capacity. Losing an upper front tooth takes away our ability to bite and can be devastating from a cosmetic dentist London standpoint. But in today’s world, almost any lost tooth can be replaced with an artificial tooth supported by a dental implant.

Dental Implant London Technology
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that fits into the gum and bone of the jaw. It is made of titanium, which is a metal strong, lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and modifiable into various shapes. This same metal is used throughout the body with other implantable devices such as artificial joints.
The implant looks curiously like a simple metal wood screw, with threads on the outside so it attaches quickly to the bone of the jaw to provide initial stability. Its interior is tapped with machine threads that can hold individual caps, bridgework, or removable dentures in place. A prosthetic abutment is screwed into the implant, and a white porcelain dental crown rests securely in the abutment.
The final stability of any dental implant comes through a microscopic growth of bone into the surface coating of the cheap dental implant London, which has microscopic tunnels, nooks, crannies, and undercuts. Once an implant is placed in the jaw, the patient’s bone grows into its surface and mechanically locks the device into the jaw over a period of several months.

The Restorative Process
The restorative process involves a team that includes the patient, family cosmetic dentist London, implant surgeon, and dental laboratory technician. It begins with a consultation between the patient and the family dentist. The patient expresses his or her desires, wants, and needs, while the doctor presents treatment options and discusses the associated ramifications…
The surgeon’s job is to build a sturdy system. He or she must identify the strengths and weaknesses of the patient’s bone and gum tissue. The surgeon must take into account the soft tissue gum and lip overlay because the prosthetic result must look and function normally. The prosthetic also must be easy for the patient to clean.
The surgeon inserts the longest implant that the bone can accommodate, while maintaining a diameter that is appropriate for the patient. The implant is much like a fence post. A longer implant that reaches deep within the bone will withstand much greater lateral forces than a shorter implant.

Once the dental implants London are in place and stable, the patient returns to the family dentist. The dentist makes impressions or casts of the teeth and mouth to register the location, size, architecture, and color of the intended prosthetic. These registrations include the top portion of the dental implant that pokes through the gum tissue. A laboratory technician fabricates a dental prosthesis that looks and functions like the teeth that were lost, and the family dentist fits, adjusts, and maintains the device.

Surgical Planning
The implant surgeon, in conjunction with the family dentist, uses three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanning and related software to position the implants precisely in a virtual manner…

Bone and Gum Tissue Grafting London
The implant team may decide implants must be placed in a position where there is an inadequate amount of bone or soft tissue. When this situation occurs, grafting may be performed along with placement of the implants, or it may be undertaken as an individual first surgery.
Bone grafts London are commonly used when a multi-rooted tooth is removed and the area will be restored with a single, wide-body implant. Taking out a tooth with multiple roots causes in a larger defect in the bone, as well as inadequate bone coverage of the implant. Another common area of grafting is the underside of the sinus cavity in the upper jaw. The surgeon lifts the sinus membrane and inserts a layer of bone graft in order to allow placement of much longer implants.
Traumatic loss of teeth or removal of teeth in the distant past often results in an inadequate layer of gum tissue at the implant site. In this situation, soft tissue grafting is employed before, during, or after placement of the implant.

Implant Surgery
Most patients elect to undergo surgery with … Local anesthesia with numbing medicine is also given to supplement the general anesthetic.
The gum tissue is opened to reveal the underlying bone. The surgical guide is inserted, and the location is prepared with precision tools and instruments to receive an implant of a specific diameter and length…During a waiting period of four to six months, the bone grows microscopically into the surface coating of the titanium metal implant… After the waiting period, the gum tissue is re-entered using local anesthesia, although general anesthesia is occasionally used. The healing screw, which is a small, flat screw in the top of the implant, is removed. A healing abutment is placed in the machine-tapped inner channel of the implant. The abutment is a metal dome that pokes through the gums. It shapes the gum tissue into a “nest” that will reside against the underside of the planned dental crown. This nest is necessary to make the dental cap look natural and to cover the junction of the implant and cap. The round healing abutment, which remains in place for about two weeks, can be removed and replaced by the family dentist without any numbing medicine. There is no sensation when it is unscrewed and replaced with the prosthetic abutment…
Reliability and Maintenance
Many scientific studies show cheap dental implants London have a 95 percent success rate or greater over a five-year period. However, dental implants can fail just as natural teeth can fail. If a person loses natural teeth because of a specific process, then the implant-supported teeth can be lost from the same process. And by the same token, if dental implants receive excellent care, they should last a lifetime.

Patients should keep their dental implants clean because gum disease from poor dental oral hygiene causes the melting away of supportive bone. Teeth and implants can become loose and literally fall out. One unique circumstance of the titanium metal implants is that they do not decay the way that dental enamel does.
Natural teeth and implant-supported teeth are generally lost from destructive grinding of the teeth, tobacco use, and certain prescription medications that can cause the salivary glands to stop producing fluid. Some implants fail for no apparent reason in the early months after initial placement.

Unconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth London, or Bruxism, can cause natural teeth to wear excessively, fracture, and literally split between the roots. Even in milder cases of Bruxism, the accumulation of destruction over a long period time can take its toll. Consequently, fractured teeth are common in the maturing population. If the problem is especially strong, the same harmful action can take place on the dental implant, and it can be lost.

Tobacco harms the body, including the teeth, in a number of ways. Bone loss (Periodontitis) can occur, and the same process can affect implants. In fact, it is generally understood that a 10 percent increase in the failure rate of implants occurs with tobacco use.

Dry mouth, or Xerostomia, can become a problem when the salivary glands stop producing fluid. It can be terribly destructive to natural teeth. Decay can develop between the teeth, around fillings, and under caps even though the patient works diligently to keep the teeth clean. Metal implants are not subject to this decay and are frequently used in patients suffering from dry mouth.

Dental implants can usually be replaced when they fail. When this occurs, the implant can be removed, and after a two-month waiting period to allow for healing, a new, same-sized implant can be placed in the same location.

Well Accepted
Dental implant-supported restorations are now common, and the process should be considered in any instance of tooth loss. It is so well accepted by dental professionals that many dentists opt to have their own lost teeth replaced by implants rather than bridgework….read more

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