Implant Dentistry & Oral Surgery
A dental implant is the optimum restoration for replacing a lost tooth. An implant is a permanent solution for a missing tooth and helps maintain the bone support for the surrounding teeth and jaw, thereby extending their lifespan. Dental implants are the most natural looking restoration and are easy to maintain so as to have them last a very long time.
An implant is the ideal choice because it prevents further bone loss from the area where the tooth is missing which, if not addressed, can lead to shifting of teeth and bite, diminished supporting structure for the face and even poor nutrition.
Implants are not a quick answer, however, they are frequently used in single missing tooth cases as well as cosmetic or smile makeover cases.
If a single tooth is missing, the cost factor of a bridge versus an implant is usually not significant enough that the implant would not be done.
Implants can also be used in cases where more than a single tooth is missing. In cases where all teeth are missing, implants can provide anchor units for dentures. If several teeth next to each other were missing, implants can be placed to become the supporting units for a bridge that span the area and replace the missing teeth.
Additionally, implants can be used in cases where all teeth are missing and dentures are required. Creating a denture supported by implants provides a great solution for a patient. Implants will be placed in specific tooth sitres and a denture will be designed and created that snaps or attaches to the implants. The gums and bone are better preserved than with a traditional complete denture and there will no be any slipping of the denture or need for adhesives.
Extractions are the removal of teeth. Extractions will be performed for many different reasons, but most often to remove teeth that cannot be restored due to decay, trauma, or fracture that are impacted in the jaw bone and may cause infection or crowding (like Wisdom Teeth). The teeth that are crowded and need to be removed to create space for the straightening of the other teeth is necessary.
Extractions are routinely performed by using local anesthetic while the patient is awake, thereby removing some of the stress associated with surgical procedures such as general anesthesia.
Extractions are not difficult in terms of recorvery as long as the patient follows the post-operative instructions.