Dental implants are one of the strongest teeth restorations, which are specifically used to replace missing teeth. They are made from highly strong and durable materials like titanium, and a crown made from dental-grade ceramic is attached to it. Implants are placed in the jawbone, where it acts as the tooth root supporting the prosthetic crown.
Candidacy for dental implants
Jawbone health: Since implants are placed in the jawbone, their health would be of prime importance in determining your candidacy. When a tooth is removed from the mouth, it will leave the underlying bone vulnerable to deterioration and shrinkage. Hence, we will thoroughly diagnose the bone using scans and x-rays to check its volume, size, and severity of deterioration.
Spacing available: The spacing available for placing the implant stud would be important in your candidacy. Due to the gap left by the missing tooth, the adjoining teeth tend to get displaced from their orthodontically right positions and move towards the gap. This can lead to teeth misalignment and drifting, thereby affecting the spacing available for placing the implant.
Overall health: Patients with health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, gum diseases, and other chronic conditions would not be suitable candidates for dental implants.
Willingness to undergo surgery: Getting dental implants may require multiple surgeries to place the implant in the bone and attach the crown to it. It would be spaced across many months, and the patient should be willing to go through them.
Why choose dental implants?
- Implants offer an excellent success rate - upwards of 95%.
- They are long-lasting. The implant stud lasts upwards of 15 to 20 years, and the crown would last between 5 to 8 years before needing to be replaced.
- Implants promote better jawbone health as they hold the bone intact and reduce its shrinkage.
- Implant crowns can be customized to match the exact contour, size, and color of the adjoining natural teeth, allowing you to smile with confidence.
- They restore oral functionality.
- Implants are the strongest teeth restorations. They wouldn’t easily break, crack, or get displaced when you bite or chew food or carry on with your regular oral activities.
- They feel exactly like natural teeth in your mouth.
Procedure for placing implants
Dental implantation would require multiple visits to the dentist’s practice. During the initial few consultations, we will conduct various procedures to determine your candidacy. X-rays and scans will be taken to get a better view of the teeth and jawbone. If the jawbone volume is low, you may have to undergo bone graft surgery.
The data from the scans will be used to make a digital impression of the crown required, which will be used to fabricate the ceramic crown in a dental laboratory. During the implantation surgery, we will administer local anesthesia and ensure the oral tissues are numbed. A small hole is made in the bone, and the implant is placed in it. It will be secured firmly using dental cement, after which a suitable healing period will be recommended.
After the healing is completed, the bone would have fused with the metal implant. Next, we will conduct surgery to place the connecting abutment on the implant. The ceramic crown will then be placed on the abutment and checked for a perfect fit. It will be bonded permanently to the implant using dental adhesives. We will take a bite test and polish the crown, after which the dentist will provide care instruction to ensure the implant is well cared for.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Alvarez by calling us at 210-396-7667 or reaching us through an online query, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.