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What if there is not adequate bone for dental implants?

January 23, 2017

Referred to as ridge augmentation, this surgical procedure involves augmenting the host bone before implants are placed. During this procedure, bone or bone substitutes are added where needed to ensure a proper foundation for implants. Depending on the extent of bone augmentation required, the healing may take up to nine months before placing implants. Patients missing teeth in the upper back jaw may require a sinus augmentation procedure, also known as a sinus lift.

Are there limitations to who can have dental implants?

January 18, 2017

  Placement of dental implants involves a surgical procedure. Similar to other surgical procedures, patients have to be in good general heath to go through surgery. Uncontrolled diabetes and systemic conditions compromising the individual’s immune system or interfering with normal healing are two main contraindications for dental implants. In addition, because dental implants are placed in the jawbone, the bone has to be sufficient in quantity to provide support for the implant.

What are the advantages of a dental implant over a dental bridge or denture?

January 12, 2017

A dental implant provides several advantages over a dental bridge or dentures, including: • Maintain the integrity of natural teeth. Where a tooth-supported bridge uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge, dental implants function independently of the neighbouring teeth. • Maintain bone volume and health. Following the loss of a tooth, the host jawbone begins to resorb, leaving a visible defect that may result in an unattractive smile. About 80 per cent of the bone resorption occurs within a year following the tooth loss.

What are dental implants?

January 5, 2017

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Extensive research conducted in the 1960s showed that dental implants made of pure titanium integrates with the jawbone to become a permanent part of the jaw. As a result, dental implants are considered excellent options for patients who lost teeth due to an accident, periodontal disease or tooth decay. Similar to natural teeth, dental implants are prone to infection present in the mouth, including infection from gum disease.