Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.
Implants are the most exciting thing to come along in recent years. They have transformed traditional dentistry by adding a whole new dimension in patient options for a nearly life-like set of new, functional permanent teeth. No longer do we have to settle for a ill-fitting removable partial or denture: nor do we have to crown otherwise healthy teeth to place a bridge to replace missing teeth.
There are some guidelines we must use to determine if implants are right for your unique situation. Is there enough bone to support the implant, and if not, are there surgical options that would create a suitable site for implant placement? Also, how many implants are needed to esthetically and functionally support replacement crowns or dentures. These decisions should be worked out between the treating dentist and the surgical team before treatment begins. Most dentist find it helpful to produce a set of models of your jaws upon which they can use wax to determine what your new teeth will look like when the case is complete.
Mechanically an implant is made up of three parts. First, the actual implant is placed within the bony structure of the jaw and covered up while healing. Next an abutment, or post, is machined to fit inside the implant and protrudes above the tissue to serve as a seat for your new tooth.
A little bit about sequencing the treatment and separation of duties in treating implant cases :I prefer to work with surgeons to place the implants within the bone. I find that they provide a wealth of knowledge in placement of implants to successfully acheive the end result in rebuilding your teeth. Such collaboration assures predicability and stability in the finished product. Also, I prefer to allow adequate time for implants to heal within the bone before we load them. During this phase we can fabricate temporary teeth to be worn over the implant. There are as many sequencing protocals as there are dentist....this is the one I prefer
Finally, a well planned treatment plan and proper set up of the bite with your other natural teeth should produce a final product that that will offer you years of pleasure with natural feeling teeth.