Dental Implants Advanced Procedure

What Is the Most Advanced Procedure for Dental Implants?

To understand the most advanced procedure for dental implants, we need to look at the various dental implant procedures that are available at the moment. The right dental implant procedure does not depend on the advanced nature of the procedure, but on the dental health of the patient and other conditions they may be struggling with. Let us take a look at possible dental implant procedures nowadays to understand how they really work.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants can be compared to metal posts and frames that are surgically placed into the jawbone of the patient. These structures become the foundation of your replacement teeth, because after the healing period, the dentist will use these structures to mount your replacement teeth; this means that the patient will have permanent teeth that do not have to be taken out overnight.

How Do Dental Implants Stay in Place?

For most dental implant procedures, the goal is to fuse the foundation of your replacement teeth with the jawbone. Providing the patient has a sufficient amount of jawbone, the jawbone will give sufficient support for the replacement teeth.

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What Are Endosteal Dental Implants

The endosteal dental implant is one of the major types of dental implants available today. These type of dental implants are placed in the jawbone of the patient and their shape usually resembles small screws, cylinders or plates.

What Are Subperiosteal Implants?

Subperiosteal dental implants are placed under the gum, but not in the jawbone. Instead, they are placed on or above the jawbone. Subperiosteal dental implants are usually used for patients who do not have a sufficient amount of jawbone to support their replacement teeth, or for patients that cannot undergo an endosteal dental implant procedure for medical reasons.

What Is All-On-4?

All-On-4 is a dental implant procedure developed for patients who cannot take advantage of the conventional dental implant treatments. The All-On-4 treatment offers four clear benefits: increase in quality of life, shorter treatment times, lower costs compared to conventional methods, and greater stability in people with a minimum bone volume.

Even though All-On-4 is rather new compared to other dental implant procedures, the treatment can be seen as equal to conventional dental implant procedures thanks to prosthetic-driven planning. Before a patient takes advantage of the all-on-4 treatment, oral surgeons and dentists are able to collaborate and plan the procedure beforehand. In some of the more advanced clinics offering the treatment, patients will be able to see the result of such a procedure through dedicated software before the procedure actually takes place; this could help patients decide if dental implants are the best choice for them.

When Is a Patient a Candidate for Normal Dental Implants?

In order to be eligible for a dental implant procedure, patients must meet certain medical criteria. First of all, the patient must be in good health and must not have any illnesses or conditions that could affect the result of a dental implant procedure.

As mentioned before, there are certain conditions that could affect the outcome of a dental implant procedure. Therefore, patients suffering from conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, jaw radiation, alcoholism or uncontrolled gum disease, may not be eligible for a dental implant treatment.

Certain lifestyle choices could also hinder certain patients in obtaining a dental implant treatment. Smoking is one of those lifestyle choices that could prevent you from getting the treatment, considering the fact that smoking dramatically increases the chance of infection and could slow down the healing process too such a degree it stops the dental implants from fusing with the jawbone correctly.

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Is a Modern Dental Implant Procedure Possible for One Missing Tooth?

When people think about dental implants, they often think about the replacement of several teeth. However, patients must be aware that a dental implant is also possible when the patient only lost one tooth; this procedure is referred to as the single tooth replacement.

The single tooth replacement is often chosen for aesthetic reasons, but in some cases patients obtain one dental implant to prevent bone from deteriorating, or to prevent remaining teeth from shifting due to the missing tooth.

For one missing tooth, the oral surgeon will place a single dental implant in the location of the missing tooth. Once the patient has healed and the dental implant has fused properly, the dentist will add the replacement tooth to the abutment, which is the connection between your dental implant and your replacement tooth.

Replacement teeth that are connected to your dental implants usually have a custom-made crown; this ensures that the teeth match the look of your other teeth, and do not stand out aesthetically.

How Do I Look After My Dental Implant(s)?

Even though dental implants, abutments and replacement teeth are made from strong materials, patients must still look after them to avoid problems in the future. To ensure your mouth stays healthy, and to protect your dental implants and replacement teeth, make sure you have a daily oral hygiene routine. Good oral hygiene includes brushing and flossing to remove the bacterial biofilm from the teeth and gums.

Many patients have struggled with good oral hygiene over the years. In some cases, the patient has been brushing and flossing, but has been using oral care products of poor quality, which does not protect their teeth and gums properly. To ensure you have the right products for your needs, be sure to talk to your dental hygienist about the problems you face and the product you currently use. If a change should be needed, your dental hygienist can give you some good recommendations.

Last but not least, teeth replacements can be replaced by the dentist if they should show signs of wear and tear. However, most teeth replacements will last for a considerable amount of time, especially when the patient visits the dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis. Conclusion? Good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits will keep your dental implants, abutments and replacement teeth in good condition.

 

 

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