How Dental Implants Save Bone

By August 7, 2014 No Comments

Tooth loss begets more tooth loss. When a tooth is removed, it can cause the jawbone to weaken, undermining the foundation of surrounding teeth.Woman smile

Besides tooth extraction, gum disease, infection, misaligned teeth, cosmetic dentures, cosmetic bridges, sinus issues, and trauma can also cause weakening of the jawbone.

Dental implants London for missing teeth can help prevent further deterioration. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is inserted into the place of the missing root, topped by a tooth milled from ceramic (a crown).

The titanium screws are coated with a bone-growth stimulator that promotes bonding between the bone and the implant. The body thinks an implant is a tooth, and bone will grow around and conform to the shape of the new metal “root.” It forms a tight bond that is even sturdier than the original root.

This way, implants can save you from losing more teeth, a big advantage over other dental prosthetics…“With bridges and dentures, bone can keep getting lost. You keep getting shrinkage,” he said.

Implants also look and feel like natural teeth, which is a big plus for many patients.

In addition, with a series of expansion screws, it’s possible to place implants without drilling away any bone…

Expansion screws look very much like implant screws but are made out of stainless steel. Dentists insert a small screw first, one that will widen the root hole of the missing tooth with only a little pressure. Then the first expansion screw is removed and a slightly larger one inserted to stretch the bone a bit more. This process repeats until the hole is the right size for the implant.

Bone is elastic and able to expand and contract like a rubber band…When the implant is finally inserted, the bone clamps on to it like an elastic waistband around a waist.

“It closes down like a pair of pants—and is tighter than it was beforehand,” he said.

If a patient’s jawbone has a deteriorated a lot, bone grafts may be needed before an implant can be placed…bone grafts can be done with either synthetic or natural bone (usually cow or cadaver) and can be the best option when bone in the upper palette has eroded to the point that the sinus cavity shifts downward….

Same-Day Dental Implant Service

While for many people, implants still seem like a big deal to get, advancements in technique and technology have made placing some implants faster and easier than having a cavity filled…In the 1980s, when he first started doing implants, the procedure took around an hour. Now the procedure can be completed in a few minutes, he said.

If the patient’s bone is in good condition, the specialist implant dentist London can place the titanium implant during the patient’s first visit. At a second visit, the dentist places the abutment—the piece that connects the crown to the root. At a third visit, the crown goes in.

The time between a first consult to walking out with a new tooth depends on the condition of the patient’s bone…for most patients who have dental implants placed on the bottom, it takes around three months, and for patients who have implants on the top, it takes about six months.

The wait time gives the bone a chance to adhere to the implant.

“You don’t want any pressure on the implant, so it can integrate with the bone… although implants are now appropriate for many more people, if you have diabetes, take osteoporosis medication, or have had radiation therapy, you should talk to your implant dentist london because these treatments can impair the ability of the bone to heal and may cause an implant to fail….read more



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