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A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically
anchored into your jaw
An implant retained denture
or tooth provides greater stability
improved biting and chewing forces and more satisfaction
for wearer than a conventional denture or crown.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (synthetic
material) that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a
replacement tooth or bridge in place.
The benefit of using
implants is that:
|They don't rely on neighboring teeth for support|
|They are permanent and stable> Because the
implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look,
feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.|
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they
are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. |
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 your teeth might slip.|
Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort
of removable dentures. |
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. No more food restrictions.|
|Future bone loss from dentures will no longer
occur when you have implants.|
|Improved self-esteem and confidence.
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 your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow
easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene. |
|As a denture wearer you will not have to
suffer from the inconvenience of adhesives or dentures
insecurely shifting around in your mouth.|
are very durable and will last many years. |
|No extra work involved in their care. They require the same
care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental
check-ups. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants
eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures,
as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in
|Implant material is made from different types of metallic and
bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body
There are different
types of dental implants:
placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots.|
|Second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a
custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.|
Purpose of Implant:
|Replace a Single Tooth with an implant and
|Retain an Overdenture with several implants (as
|Eliminate a Partial Denture with several
implants and a bridge|
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Can anyone receive dental implants?
Talk with us about whether you are an implant
candidate. You must be in good health and have the proper bone
structure and healthy gums for the implant to stay in place.
People who are unable to wear dentures may also be good
candidates. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as
clenching or bruxism, heart
disease, radiation therapy to the head/neck area systemic diseases, such as
the success rate for implants decreases dramatically and need to
be evaluated on an individual basis.
Additionally, people who smoke or drink alcohol may not be good
candidate. Success rates vary, depending on where in the jaw the
implants are located. In general the success rate if 97% and with
proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
implants for you...considerations?
can’t get decay around an implant-supported crown because there’s no
tooth structure there. Crowns on implants are much more likely
to last indefinitely than crowns on teeth.
implants have the highest success rate when placed in a healthy
mouth, people with gum disease still may be candidates for
implants. All people with dental implants---even those with
healthy gums---need to have a cleaning once every three months.
Non-smokers have an implant failure rate of 5%. That rate doubles
in smokers, but the failure still is only 10%. In fact, if you
stop smoking four weeks before implant placement surgery and
continue smoke-free until 12 weeks after the implants are placed,
the success rate is the same as for non-smokers until bone grafting
needs to be done.
There’s a 5% difference in implant success rate between diabetics
and non-diabetics. The better your diabetic control, the higher
the implant success rate.
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Placement of dental implants is a minor surgical
procedure performed in one or two office visits.
Development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan
addresses your specific needs and provides coordinated
care based on the implant option that is best for you.
- Than tooth root implant, which is a small
post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the
- As the jawbone heals, it grows around the
implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The
healing process can take from 6 to 12 weeks.
- When the implant has bonded to the
jawbone, a small connector post – called an abutment – is
attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make
your new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes
impressions of your teeth, and
creates a model of your bite. Your new tooth or teeth are
based on this model. It will match the color of your
- A replacement tooth, called a
crown, is then attached to the
What is the success rate of implants?
The success rate for implants depends on the tooth's purpose
and location in the mouth. The success rate is about 95 percent
for those placed in the front of the lower jaw and 85 percent
for those placed in the sides and rear of the upper jaw.
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How do I care for
Your overall health may affect the success rate of dental
implants. Poor oral hygiene is a big reason why some implants
fail. It is important to floss and brush around the fixtures at
least twice a day, without metal objects. Your dentist will give
you specific instructions on how to care for your new implants.
Additional cleanings of up to four times per year may be
necessary to ensure that you retain healthy gums
What is the cost of implants?
Since implants involve surgery and are more involved, they
cost more than traditional bridge work. However, some dental
procedures and portions of the restoration may be covered by
dental and medical insurance policies.
Implant loss &
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the long-
term result of implant therapy, using implant loss as outcomevariable.
Two hundred and ninty-four patients had received implant therapy (Brånemark
System®) during the years of 1988–1992 in Kristianstad County, Sweden.
The patients were recalled to the speciality clinic 1 and 5 years after
placement of the suprastructure. Between 2000 and 2002, 9–14 years after
implant placements, the patients were again called in for a complete
clinical and radiographic examination.
Two hundred and eighteen patients treated with 1057 implants were
examined. Twenty-two patients had lost 46 implants and 12 implants were
considered "sleeping implants". The overall survival
rate was 95.7%. Implant loss appeared in a cluster in a few patients
and early failures were most common. A significant relationship was
observed between implant loss and periodontal bone loss of the remaining
teeth at implant placement. Maxillary, as opposed to mandibulary
implants, showed more implant loss if many implants were placed in the
jaw. A history of periodontitis seems to be related to implant
Lindahl C, Renvert H, Renvert S. Nine- to fourteen- year follow-up of
implant treatment. Part I: implant loss and associations to various
factors. J Clin Periodontol 2006; 33: 283– 289.
survival rates were 97% and 94%, respectively, for the two- and
the one-stage implants. The 10-year survival rate remained high at 97%
for the two-stage implants, but had dropped to 78% for the one-stage
implants. Smoking, short implant length, and
insertion during the later period (1995-2002) were found to be
associated with an increased failure rate.
Implants placed in patients with a history of periodontitis have a
5-year survival similar to that observed for implants installed in
non-diseased persons. Although the 10-year survival of the one-stage
implants was somewhat lower than has been observed for non-diseased
patients, implant placement remains a good treatment alternative also
for periodontally compromised patients.
October 2004 (Vol. 75, No. 10) Implant Survival in
Periodontally Compromised Patients Vibeke Baelum and Birgit
Ellegaard J Periodontol 2004;75:1404-1412.
Source: Academy of General Dentistry and ADA.
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