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Dental implants are considered the closest thing to a natural tooth that your dentist can offer. In fact, success rates for dental implants are one of the highest among any dental procedures in a healthy mouth. Implants not only restore normal function and appearance but also are the best option to maintain oral health, which can be negatively affected by the loss of a tooth.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are titanium posts designed to integrate with the natural jawbone over the period of 3-4 months. Before a dental implant is placed in the jaw bone, extensive planning with your Vineyard Dental dentist is required. After placement of the dental implant a healing abutment will be placed on the implant for support. Once healing has occurred (osseointegration) an impression will be taken for a screw in crown which will appear as your natural tooth.
Why Choose Dental Implants
Loss of a tooth or teeth can not only be traumatic for a patient, but also cause other issues regarding you cosmetically and functionally. Bone loss, teeth movement and sagging of the face are all problems that commonly develop due to tooth loss, as well as low self-esteem and lack in confidence. Filling the gap after tooth loss, whether with a dental implant, bridge or denture, can help in the prevention of teeth movement and bite dysfunction, in the future.
Determining Whether A Dental Implant Is Appropriate for You
Before beginning treatment, your Vineyard Dental Dentist will evaluate bone density with a CT scan to determine if it is sufficient to support a dental implant. If bone loss exists, bone grafting may be required to improve bone density, making it possible to proceed with dental implant treatment. Healthy gums are also essential to successful dental implants. We will treat any underlying oral conditions prior to beginning dental implant treatment, improving the overall prognosis for dental implant success.
What is Bone Grafting?
- Bone Grafting encourages bone growth and builds a supportive and stable base for dental implants. It can also increase bone volume, improve bone quality and replenish missing bone.
- A crystallised cow bone material is placed in the jaw bone during the implant surgery. During the healing period the bone growth is monitored.
- There is also the option of taking bone from other areas of the body such as the hip. This graft is called Autograft and needs to be completed in the hospital.
- Your Vineyard Dental dentist can discuss whether bone grafting is required and what grafting option is best for you.
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