Everything You Wanted To Know About Dental Implants!
Dr. Monish Bhola
Over 35 million Americans in the US are edentulous (without any teeth) and 178 million have at least one missing tooth. It is estimated that two out of three Americans have one or more missing natural teeth. According to the American Journal of Periodontology, the main cause of tooth loss in people above the age of 35 years is gum disease.
How does loss of natural teeth affect people?
- When a person loses his natural teeth, his self-esteem and confidence are adversely affected.
- Adults with missing teeth cannot chew properly. As a result, they often develop nutritional deficiency due to an unhealthy and inadequate diet.
Why Dental Implants?
According to the American Dental Association, dental implants have the following advantages over bridges and removable partial dentures-
- They are the next best thing after your natural teeth – Dental Implants are strong and stable and look, function and feel like a natural tooth, when placed by an experienced implantologist. They give you the freedom to taste and enjoy your favorite foods. You can bite naturally and consume virtually everything you want with well placed dental implants.
- Dental implants protect jaw bone – When your jawbone is not supporting natural tooth/teeth because of tooth loss, it undergoes deterioration and loses its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only option for tooth replacement that prevent loss or shrinkage of jawbone and help to preserve and stimulate bone growth.
- Implants can last for several years, even decades
- Dental implants preserve your healthy teeth
For replacing missing teeth with a bridge, a dentist has to grind healthy natural teeth present on one or both sides of the missing tooth/ teeth. On the other hand, dental implants are placed in the jawbone (to take the place of your missing tooth root) without causing any damage to healthy teeth.
Are Implants suitable for you?
The American Dental Association states that Dental Implants are a good option for you if:
a) Your overall health is good
b) Your jaw has sufficient bone for supporting the implant
c) You are committed to daily oral care routine and regular dental visits.
What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny posts of titanium that are surgically placed in the jawbone in place of missing teeth. (They act as substitutes for tooth roots) After the surgical procedure, the jawbone bonds with titanium posts (through a process called Osseo-integration) and this creates a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
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Major Bone Grafting before Implants – When is it required?
If your jawbone is too soft or is not of sufficient thickness, you may require bone grafting, a procedure through which your implant dentist can repair implant sites that have inadequate bone structure. The implantologist can obtain bone from a tissue bank or your own bone can be procured from the jaw, tibia (bone below the knee) or the hip.
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How to make your implants last a lifetime?
- Brush and floss regularly – You should meticulously follow the oral hygiene and after care instructions that your dentist gives you.
- Schedule regular follow-ups of your implant – Regular follow-up visits are very important after getting an implant so that any problem like peri-implantitis can be detected and treated at an early stage before it causes any harm to the implant.
- It is important to follow the recommendations that you dentist makes at the time of follow up visits.
- Careful Treatment planning – Make sure your implant dentist plans the treatment carefully before proceeding with the procedure.
Success rate of implants
The average success rate of dental implants in U.S is about 95%. You should ask your dentist about the success rate of his personal practice and enquire how regularly he performs the procedure.
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Dr. Bhola is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and received his D.D.S. from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and his certificate and M.S.D. in Periodontics and Implantology from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Bhola is the former Director of Post-Graduate Periodontics and has been practicing Clinical Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for the past seventeen years. His areas of interest include dental implants, oral plastic surgery and advanced bone and soft tissue grafting for teeth and implants. He is the author and developer of the new and innovative LipStaT® procedure for correcting a gummy smile.
Dr. Bhola is a world-renowned speaker and educator. He lectures and conducts several training courses in periodontics and implantology for dentists and specialists from all over the world and has several publications in leading dental journals. He is the recipient of the prestigious Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship award given by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and is a member of the OKU Nu Nu Chapter, a National Honor Dental Society.
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