In the last 25 years, titanium implants have made huge strides in medicine and dentistry. Today, dental implants are usually the preferred method to replace missing teeth for several reasons, including their excellent success rates, proven track record and comforts and cosmetics that they provide to the patient. Something many people don’t realize is that implants also allow for a tremendous amount of flexibility in that there is never just one way to do it. This is why it is best to discuss your options with a doctor you trust.
At Dental Design Studio, our doctors will be able to evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Simply put, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that takes the place of the missing tooth root. After a period of time, this titanium cylinder fuses with the bone in what is known as osseointegration. Once osseointegration occurs, the implant is ready to be crowned.
For many, the thought of an implant is a painful thought. However, the procedure is relatively painless. Local anaestesia is used to numb the area while the procedure is done, and post-op pain is minimal to none. In addition to replacing single teeth, implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures. They dramatically improve the denture retention and stability. Most patients with sufficient bone can have implants, although individual decisions and factors must also be considered. Usually an x-ray and a CT-scan is done to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, and also to determine the size and kind of the implant that should be placed.