The occurrence of missing teeth among adults is on the rise and may be caused by poor oral hygiene that leads to tooth removal. Habits such as smoking and drinking, competitive sports and accidents are also major causes of tooth loss. Fortunately, developments in the dental industry have created several options for patients looking forward to tooth replacement.
Vita Dental prides itself in providing teeth replacement services to all our clients at affordable rates. Our qualified team will carry out a detailed oral check before giving advice on the tooth replacement options that are available in the market. One of these options is Dental Implants.
A dental implant is a small screw, made of titanium alloy, that is screwed into the jawbone. A dental prosthesis is then connected to the implant. Dental implants are also called artificial roots and are designed for permanency.
- Dental Implants for a Single Tooth
Dental implants for a single tooth, especially the molars and premolars are common among dental patients. Missing a tooth can cause chewing and speaking problems, and generally make a smile less appealing.
- Dental Implants for Multiple Teeth Replacements
If several adjacent teeth are missing, dental implants are a lasting solution. Several implants can be put in place and a framework for the prostheses attached. A suitable prosthesis is built on top of the framework, and finally, the bridge is connected to the implants with screws.
- Removable Dentures
As earlier mentioned, patients that use completely removable dentures suffer from bone loss. After a while, the dentures become loose and uncomfortable to wear. Dental implants can be used to improve the stability of the dentures for easier chewing, talking and smiling.
- Orthodontic Anchors
The use of implants during orthodontic procedures is on the rise. Usually, the teeth are used to provide support for braces used to guide the teeth during growth. Dental Implants are a stronger alternative for orthodontic treatments. Patients can seek this form of treatment, instead of applying pressure on their teeth.
- Tooth Replacement Prevents Jaw Bone Deterioration
The jawbone is stressed during chewing, to keep it active and healthy. The health and density of the jawbone decrease gradually when a tooth is extracted. Having a weak jawbone is dangerous for any person because it means that oral care becomes harder, and the shape of the jawbone changes.
To maintain the structure and strength of the jawbone, Vita Dental encourages all patients to seek tooth replacement as soon as possible. A modern tooth replacement procedure is the use of dental implants. Despite being more expensive, dental implants offer better services and value for money.
- Planning the Dental Implant Procedure
Vita Dental will take you through a thorough planning procedure to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. Oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, is paid attention to. Oral diseases such as gingivitis, tooth infections, and damaged teeth should be treated before the procedure begins.
- X-rays and Plaster Models
X-rays are used to show the shape of the jawbone and determine if there is enough jawbone for an implant. The X-rays also show the position of the teeth to determine where the implants should be placed. Plaster models are taken to show the shape, position, and potential positions of the implants.
- Placing the Implant
First, a local anesthetic is injected into the site and incisions are made to expose the bone. A small hole is then drilled depending on the depth of the implant. The implant is then screwedin, and the incision is stitched up. The implant is left to fuse with the bone over several months, and a temporary denture may be used to replace the missing tooth.
- The Dental Prosthesis
Models of the implant are created and used in the preparation of the prosthesis. Different work phases can be tested to ensure that the prosthesis fits and mimics the natural shape of the teeth. The prosthesis should also be appealing and blend naturally with the rest of the teeth.
Majority of the implants are made of titanium. This is because titanium is a light metal, fuses well with the bone, easy to shape and polish, and can withstand the pressure. Zirconia implants that are made of a very hard ceramic materialare also used. They blend well with the color of the teeth and are also corrosion-proof.
Titanium and Zirconia are widely used for dental implants because of their “biomaterial” properties. When the implant is installed, the bone tissue mechanically attaches itself to the implant’s rough surface to form a fully sealed implant-bone seam.
Dental implants are easy to take care of, are decay-resistant, highly durable, and appealing to the eye. With these implants, patients can get back their youthful smiles, restore their jawbones, and spend less on cavity fillings.
- Dental Implant Problems
Common problems associated with dental implants include ossification problems caused by osteoporosis, smoking or diabetes. Additional challenges include connective tissue infections and broken prosthesis. Vita Dental will help you address each of these challenges before and after treatment.
- Implant Care
Dental implants are like natural teeth. Normal brushing, mouth wash, and flossing is a great way of keeping them in good shape.
Vita Katy Dental Care offers quality dental implant services. We offer advice and carry out thorough checks to determine if our patients are suitable candidates for dental implants. All in all, dental implants are an effective way of replacing missing teeth.