What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that looks and works just like a real tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace lost or broken teeth, and can also help prevent deterioration of the jawbone.

Dr. Rana Nassar specializes in restoration and replacement of missing teeth and their associated structures through the use of dental implants. Dr. Rana Nassar has gone through intense training on placement of implants and has receive a mastership of implants certificate. We know that there are multiple dental providers to choose from, so the team at Wylie Smiles are constantly looking for ways to improve the overall experience of our patients by having the latest technology.

Why get Dental Implants

Missing teeth can be embarrassing, causing people to hide their smile and lose their self-esteem. The space that missing teeth create can easily become infected with bacteria, causing other teeth to shift out of place, and making it difficult for people to speak or eat correctly. The team at Wylie Smiles are sensitive to the hardship a missing tooth can create. We provide dental implants so that our patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly.
To book a Free Implant Consultation fill out the appointment form or call (972) 442-6879 today!

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

A dental implant is a metal screw that is placed in the jaw and has an artificial tooth attached to the screw. This restoration looks and feels just like a real tooth. Moreover, unlike some other tooth replacement techniques, dental implants do not need to be removed overnight, and are cleaned when you brush and floss, just like a real tooth.

The result is a natural-looking tooth that is fused to your jaw just like your real teeth are. Many patients have found that dental implants are the best option for replacing their missing or failing teeth, because it looks and feels just like a natural tooth.

THERE ARE 3 BASIC TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS RESTORATIONS:

There are several implant procedures from which to choose. You and the doctor will choose the best option for you. The procedures include:

1. Implant overdentures / Implant Retained Dentures – are the treatment of choice when all teeth are missing. This procedure will improve overall mouth functioning, which will ultimately improve general health and well-being. There are two options – conventional, removable dentures and implant supported dentures

2. Implant crowns – is the treatment of choice when a single tooth is missing or broken and uses the placement of a single implant and implant supported crowns

3. Implant bridgework – If several teeth in a row are missing, your prosthodontist will likely recommend implant bridgework

The Dental Implant Surgery Process

Dental implant surgery replaces tooth roots with metal (often titanium which Wylie Smiles utilizes) screw-like posts, and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that appear and function like natural teeth. The surgery additionally stops deterioration in the jawbone.
Dental implant procedures are performed in stages and may involve several procedures. The type of dental implant selected by the doctor is determined by the patient’s goals and the condition of the jawbone to which it will be anchored. The titanium in the implant fuses with the jawbone, so the implants won’t slip, make noise or damage bone the way bridgework or dentures may.

DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY PROCESS

Dental implant surgery is usually done as an outpatient, in stages:

• The damaged tooth, or teeth, are removed
• The jawbone is prepared for surgery, which may involve bone grafting
• After the jawbone heals, the dental implant metal posts are placed in the bone
• There is a healing period that may last a few months
• The rest of the implant, called the “abutment”, is placed on the metal posts

After the abutment is placed, the gums must heal for one to two weeks, before the artificial teeth can be attached. Forturnately, at Wylie Smiles we have great technology to fabricate the crown in the office by using are CEREC technology. In order for the CEREC to make the final crown to attach abutment, our dentist needs to make measurements of your gum around the area where the crown will be placed by using our Medit-I 500 Intraoral scanner.

MORE ON THE DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY PROCESS

Once the metal implant post is placed in the jawbone, osseointegration begins. During the process, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. The process can take up to six months. It provides a more solid base for your new artificial tooth, as do the roots of your natural teeth.

Bone grafting may be required if your jawbone isn’t strong or is too soft to support the post and tooth. The powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on the bone. If it can’t support the implant, the surgery could fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant. With bone grafting, a piece of bone is removed from another part of the body, often the hip, and is transplanted to the jawbone. It can take up to nine months for the transplanted bone to grow enough new bone to support a dental implant. At times, only minor bone grafting is needed, which can be done at the same time as the implant surgery.

Should you consider Dental Implants?

DENTAL IMPLANTS MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF YOU:
• have one or more missing teeth
• have a fully developed jawbone
• have adequate bone to keep implants secure
• have good oral health
• are free of conditions that could interfere with bone healing
• want to improve your speech
• understand that the entire process can take months

SOME INDICATIONS THAT DENTAL IMPLANTS MAY NOT BE YOUR BEST OPTION FOR RESTORATION INCLUDE:
• active chemotherapy
• active infection or other disease at the implant site
• medical conditions that prevent safe surgery
• type II diabetes mellitus (not well controlled)
• significant use of tobacco
• history of radiation to the implant site

To book a Free Implant Consultation fill out the appointment form or call (972) 442-6879 today!

What Results Can I Expect from Dental Implants?

There are a number of things that you can expect as a result of dental implants. First, your broken teeth will be eliminated, and you’ll have natural-looking teeth. Many patients report a boost in confidence. Patients feel more comfortable with their smile, and as a result they will smile more.

Patients have also reported that it is easier to eat and chew their favorite foods. Removing broken teeth and replacing missing teeth makes it easier to maintain oral health as well. Consequently, some patients report better breath and whiter teeth.

Another benefit that patients experience is an easier time talking and communicating. This isn’t only because they are more comfortable with the appearance of their teeth, but also because teeth are important to forming certain words and sounds.

Those who transition to dental implants from dentures have reported that they are more comfortable and convenient because they can’t slip and don’t have to be taken out.

IN SHORT, THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS INCLUDE:

• More confidence
• Better smile
• Better oral health
• Easier to eat
• Easier to speak

Dental Implant Recovery

After each stage of surgery you may need to eat soft foods while the wounds heal, usually 10-14 days. Usually, our dentist will use stitches which dissolve and don’t require removal. If not self-dissolving, they will be removed in about ten days.

YOU CAN HELP YOUR REMAINING NATURAL TEETH, AND YOUR DENTAL WORK, LAST LONGER IF YOU:

• Practice good oral hygiene: Brush as you would brush your natural teeth. There are specifically designed brushes, such as an interdental brush that slides between teeth. Floss daily.
• Regular checkups: See your dentist every six months.
• Avoid damaging habits: Don’t chew hard things, such as ice, and hard candy which can break your crowns. Avoid tooth-staining tobacco and caffeine products. Get treatment if you’re grinding your teeth.

Should I Get Dental Implants?

If you have missing or broken teeth, currently use dentures or a tooth-supported bridge, then you probably will be a candidate for dental implants.

To book a Free Implant Consultation fill out the appointment form or call (972) 442-6879 today!

Facts from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (aaid.com)

• More than 30 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws
• 15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth
• 3 million have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year
• 10% of all U.S. dentists place implants but that is increasing
• The success rate of implants has been reported in scientific literature as 98%
• Implants performed by U.S. dentists 5,505,720 (2006)
• Implants performed by U.S. general dentists 3,103,930 (2006)
• The dental prosthetic market in the U.S. is projected to reach $5 billion by 2018

DENTAL IMPLANT FAQ

Q: I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other. Can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?

A: Generally, this is not a good idea. We find that it is generally much better not to attach implants to teeth. We frequently attach implants to each other, which can improve strength and works well. So in a case like this, although it may be more expensive in the short term to place two implants instead of one, the long-term success is likely to be much better with the two implants.

Q: I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?

A: In a large majority of people who are missing their upper back teeth for a long period of time, is the increasing downward growth of the maxillary sinus. At birth, it is the size of a pea and progressively grows as the skull matures. This growth is at the expense of the surrounding bone. If you are considering replacing those upper back teeth with fixed teeth that stay in all the time, it may be necessary to perform a sinus elevation procedure to allow room for placement of dental prosthetic implants into this area to support those teeth. This involves placement of bone and/or bone substitutes into an area which was previously occupied by the lower part of the maxillary sinus. Most importantly, this procedure increases the available bone use to place implants and restore the missing back teeth.

Q: I’ve had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of jawbone. My lower dentures are floaters and I need help. Is there still hope for me?

A: In most cases, with the new options available today in the field of dental prosthetic implants, some form of treatment is possible. We encourage people to get help as soon as possible if they are already having some problems with their current situation. These problems include excessive use of denture adhesives, chewing only soft food, unable to taste some foods, constant mouth sores, unhappy with the appearance of one’s teeth and bite position (in some cases the nose and chin getting closer together). The sooner we correct the problems with dental prosthetic implants, the more choices one has available for treatment. If you have any or all of the above symptoms, implants can very well be the answer for you.

Q: I am missing all of my teeth and am now wearing a full upper and lower denture. I can no longer tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth I am replacing on the lower jaw?

A: It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth that is being replaced. The number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants used and the type of teeth (removable vs. non- removable) that will be attached to the implants. A thorough oral exam and panoramic x-ray is all that is necessary in most cases, to determine which implant can be used and how many must be used. Sometimes additional X-rays or CT scans are used in more complicated cases.

Q: I consulted a dentist several years ago about using implants to replace my lower denture and he told me that I did not have adequate bone available to place enough in-the-bone implants without danger of fracturing my now fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?

A: Because of the advances in the field of implantology, there are now more choices and techniques. It is rare for a person to not be able to receive an implant or a combination of implants. Today we have available many types of implants designed to accommodate multiple problems.

Q: I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and now it has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I have to have a bridge or a partial?

A: Teeth that have root canals can fracture more easily than other teeth because they are weaker and somewhat dehydrated. They can sometimes be as brittle as glass. In the past, the best available treatment was to remove the tooth and file down the adjacent teeth to make a bridge – caps on the adjacent teeth with an attached “dummy” tooth between. Sometimes this still is the only way. However, in many cases an implant can replace the fractured tooth and we will not need to grind down a tooth to at all.

Definition of Dental Implant Terminology

Abutment

An abutment is a component that attaches to the dental implant so a professional can place a dental crown to provide patients with an artificial, aesthetically pleasing and fully-functional smile.

Bridge

Multiple replacement teeth that are fixed in place via attachment to dental implants, natural adjacent teeth, or a combination of the two.

Dental Crown

A crown is an artificial tooth, usually consisting of porcelain, which covers the top of the implant to provide people with an aesthetically pleasing and fully-functional tooth.

Dental Implant

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

Endosteal (endosseous)

Endosteal is a type of dental implant that a professional places in the alveolar and basal bone of the mandible that transcends only one cortical plate.

Eposteal (subperiosteal)

Eposteal is a type of dental implant that conforms to whichever edentulous surface of an alveolar bone is superior.

Implant-Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge is a dental bridge that professionals fix in place with the use of dental implants inserted in the jaw to create a sturdy set of artificial teeth.

Osseointegration

Osseointegration is the process in which a titanium dental implant fuses with the surrounding bone over several months after an oral health professional places the implant in the jaw.

Periodontal

Literally “around the tooth”

Resorption

Resorption is the process in which the body absorbs the calcium from the jaw since there are no tooth roots to cause the necessary stimulation and proceeds to use the calcium in other areas.

Transosteal (transosseous)

Transosteal is a type of dental implant that includes threaded posts which penetrate the superior and inferior cortical bone plates of the jaw.