At Prisma Dentistes, we are happy to offer our patients a complete implantology service for the replacement of missing teeth. We have dentists qualified in this field of modern dentistry among our team. So we wanted to prepare an article that well explains all the benefits of dental implants, when compared to traditional tooth replacement options.
Dental implants: how do they work?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is used to replace the dental roots of a missing tooth . During surgery, the dentist places the implant directly into the jawbone by making an incision in the jawbone. During surgery, several implants can of course be placed in the jawbone, depending on the needs of the patient and the treatment plan.
The surgery is followed by the healing phase. This is spread over several months. In effect, this allows new bone cells to form around the implant. This process is called osseointegration. Once the implant has healed well, it is firmly anchored in the jawbone and is ready to be topped with a dental restoration.
A versatile option for replacing missing teeth
In addition to their solidity, dental implants represent an advantageous option since they are versatile. Indeed, they can be combined with several types of restorations to replace a variable number of teeth. For example, a single missing tooth can be replaced using an implant topped with a single dental crown, while up to 3 or 4 adjacent teeth can be replaced using an installed dental bridge. using two implants. In addition, we can go so far as to replace all the teeth of the same jaw using complete dental prostheses, fixed on 4, 5 or 6 implants.
Of course, consultation with a dentist qualified in implantology is an essential step. Before considering surgery to place one or more implants, the dentist must first assess the patient’s condition and needs to determine the feasibility of the treatment.
Based on this assessment and a thorough examination, the dentist presents his patient with a completely personalized treatment plan.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants have distinct advantages, when compared to options like traditional bridges and dentures. This is largely due to osseointegration, which gives implants the following advantages:
Before we get started, it should be noted that the team at our dental clinic includes dentists who have training in implantology and who are Fellows of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
The secret of dental implants: osseointegration
Dental implants are small screws that are made of titanium, a material that is biocompatible with the human body, that is to say it is very well tolerated by our body. During surgery, an incision is made in the gum tissue to place the dental implant directly into the jaw bone, then enclose the surgical site. Then follows the healing of the implant, which takes several weeks. This delay is important, since it allows an important process to take place: osseointegration.
During healing, new bone cells are created around the implant. In other words, it allows the implant to fuse firmly to the jaw bone. It is indeed thanks to osseointegration that dental implants have marked advantages for the replacement of missing teeth. Here are the 3 main advantages of implantology.
Strong and stable restorations
Thanks to osseointegration, dental implants are firmly anchored within the jawbone. Once they are well healed, they are topped with different types of dental restorations: crown (to replace a single tooth), bridge (to replace up to 4 adjacent teeth) or prosthesis (to replace all the teeth). Depending on the number of teeth to be replaced and the restoration chosen to achieve this, an adequate number of dental implants is installed. For example, in the case of a complete prosthesis, one generally installs 4 to 6 implants on the jaw.
In all cases, dental implants give replacement teeth very good strength and excellent stability. It is indeed possible to eat what you want and to chew food with confidence. Thanks to implantology, we can say goodbye to unstable dental prostheses that slam on the jaw!
Dental implants can stay in place for years or even decades. To achieve this objective, however, the patient must be rigorous with regard to his oral hygiene habits and his routine visits to the dentist. This helps maintain good oral tissue health, which is essential for maintaining implants in the jawbone for an extended period of time.
If the dental restoration that overcomes the implants breaks, the restoration can then be repaired or replaced, without affecting the implants that hold it in place.
Here is finally the last main advantage of implantology, and not the least! When missing teeth are not replaced quickly, the absence of their roots in the jaw causes the alveolar bone to stop being stimulated. In the medium or long term, this inevitably leads to the resorption of the bone, that is to say that it loses volume. In more advanced cases, the loss of bone volume can lead to premature aging of the face, since the facial muscles sag and the mouth recedes in relation to the chin.
However, thanks to the presence of dental implants, which act as the roots of natural teeth, the jaw bone continues to be stimulated and to regenerate. We therefore avoid the loss of bone volume in the jaws, as well as the consequences that come with it!
Are you looking to replace some of your missing teeth and want to know if dental implants are the solution for you? Make an appointment now for an implantology consultation with one of our general dentists. Our team will be able to enlighten you and direct you to the right solution to meet your dental needs!