What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. There are two types of dental implants: small or “mini” and conventional or “root form”.
What Are Mini Dental Implants
Mini implants are small implants that are used to hold down dentures and partials. They act like a little anchor to improve the fit and function of removable teeth.
We take pride in offering our patients the latest technology in dental implants. We use an FDA-approved dental implant system that is proven to provide a long term solution for many of our denture wearing patients. This dental implant system, which is patient-friendly and cost-effective, includes a miniature titanium (an extremely strong and durable metal) implant with a ball-shaped head which acts like the root of a tooth and a tiny retaining fixture which acts as a socket. An O-ring connects the two and securely holds the denture in place, which provides comfort and peace of mind when speaking and chewing.
Benefits for you!
- For Denture Stabilization-no more glue or paste!!
- preserve your existing bone
- prevent future bone loss- which will lead to even more difficulty wearing dentures
- Done in 1 single visit
- Use them immediately
- Durable- mini implants have over a 94% success rate
- Affordable- a fraction of a larger implant, and most insurances will cover
- If your dentures hurt when you eat, you can’t eat the foods your want, or fall out when you speak this is the perfect solution!
- You don’t have to suffer or worry any more; mini implants will change your life!!
Bone Recontouring or “Alveoloplasty” is a simple out patient procedure done on a routing basis by Dr Etue. Bone reshaping is most often completed with tooth removal but can be completed as an independent procedure. When teeth are removed the extraction socket left behind has sharp areas of bone under the gums. When the area heals these sharp areas can poke through the overlying gums making the area very sore, especially if a denture or partial is in use. Without some reshaping they can be very difficult to wear, and can even become sore.
We don’t give much thought or even think of the health or importance of the bone our teeth sit in, but not only does it serve as the foundation for our teeth, it also plays a big part in our appearance. Bone can be lost by gum disease or if a tooth is missing or extracted.The bone may collapse and resorb into the empty socket and cause a sunken appearance to our cheeks or jaw. A bone graft can fix these conditions caused by dental disease or as a result of an accident, and can also be used to create a solid foundation for a dental implant.
Dr Etue is able to replace missing bone, and “grow” new bone in height and width with specific types of bone grafting techniques. This allows patients of all ages to obtain their cosmetic and functional goals with both fixed or “permanent” teeth and dentures.
Root Form Implants
Root form or conventional implants are used to replace teeth, permanently hold down dentures, and bridges. A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. The main difference between the two types of implants is that root form is used for permanent or fixed teeth-they do not come in and out of your mouth. Root form implants are known to be stronger than mini implants and have a wider variety of uses. And, because of their size, they last longer.
Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Dr Etue is able to place all implants in office in a predictable and pain free setting, ensuring you won’t have to travel between multiple dental offices, saving your time and precious financial resources.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants including:
- Improved appearance.
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech.
With poor-fitting dentures the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words.
- Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort.
Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating.
Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem.
Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health.
Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.
- Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care many implants last a lifetime.
Removable dentures are just that: removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed, but in general dental implants have a success rate of up to 94%. With proper care , implants can last many years and in some instances a lifetime.
Why It Is Done
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in a number of problems can occur:
- Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
- Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection.
- More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or a cyst.
- One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward or to either side.