Posts for category: Dental Implants
When you face tooth loss, your oral health and facial structure change. Impaired speech, biting, and chewing, along with bone recession, tooth drifting, and premature facial aging, impact patients who lose even one tooth—dental implants counter these problems. Your dentist, Dr. Stephen Yi, at El Paso Viva Dental, can tell you if these artificial teeth could help your smile.
It's a fact
Conventional dental prosthetics—bridges and full/partial dentures—cannot reproduce natural oral function or clear speech. Slippage, wear and tear on adjoining teeth, and more characterize these tooth replacements. Conversely, dental implants replicate natural smile aesthetics and oral function so well that patients forget they have tooth replacements.
Why are dental implants successful? The answer lies in the attraction human bone has for the titanium in the dental implant screw. This is called osseointegration. Once Dr. Yi surgically places a dental implant into the jaw bone, bone cells actively bond to the device, creating a firm foundation for the metal alloy post and ceramic crown which finish the single-tooth implant.
Most dental implant procedures involve the replacement of one tooth. However, multiple implants may support bridges or dentures, too.
The single implant treatment takes a few visits to El Paso Viva Dental. Dr. Yi will examine and image your prospective implant site to ensure your mouth is healthy and has enough bone in the jaw to support an implant. These factors are essential to dental implant success.
Then, he injects a local anesthetic to numb the area and opens the gums and jaw bone. He inserts the implant and closes the gums with sutures.
At home, your gums and bone will heal. As they do so, osseointegration creates that inseparable bond dental implants are known for. After many weeks, you'll return to the dental office to receive the post and porcelain crown.
Keeping implants healthy
Dental implant procedures feature a high success rate—about 98 percent, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Disciplined oral hygiene is critical, however, for long-term retention. Also, stopping all tobacco usage keeps implant sites free of infection. (The National Institutes of Health report that smokers experience implant failure rates of 16 percent)
Are you a candidate for implants?
Find out through a consultation with Dr. Stephen Yi. Call the El Paso Viva Dental today to arrange an appointment, and ask about the dental implant special. Phone (915) 751-1007.
Smile gaps hurt your self-confidence, oral function, and jaw bone density. If you have lost teeth and wish to complete your smile, Dr. Steve Yi of El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX, can help with dental implants. Secured with titanium screws inserted into the jaw bone, these amazing artificial teeth close gaps permanently.
What is a dental implant?
It's a tooth replacement device which is far superior to conventional fixed bridges or other dental prosthetics. The single-tooth implant has three parts:
- A titanium metal screw, or root
- A metal alloy extension post
- A lifelike porcelain crown
Because the screw is made of titanium, the human jaw bone adheres to it exceptionally well, forming an inseparable bond. The bond also ensures that the supporting bone and gum tissue remain intact and strong. This develops through a naturally-occurring mechanism called osseointegration.
Osseointegration takes many weeks to accomplish, but when complete, both patient and dentist are assured of a reliably strong tooth replacement that will last indefinitely. Dental implant success rates are high, reports Dental Tribune Science, but sufficient healing time, diligent oral hygiene habits, and good overall health are critical to implant longevity.
Evaluating for and placing implants in El Paso
Dr. Yi likes to do a complete oral examination, including a visual inspection, X-rays, and a CT scan, to determine oral health and jaw bone strength. Also important is the location of the implant--front teeth are generally easier to replace--and if bone grafting is necessary. After this detailed consultation and a "yes" decision, the entire implant treatment happens at El Paso Viva Dental.
The treatment involves incision of the gums and careful insertion of the implant into the bone. Sutures close the site, and the patient returns home to heal. Healing takes many weeks, and during that time, the patient must not bite or chew on the implant as those stresses threaten successful osseointegration.
At the next dental appointment, Dr. Yi inspects the site, and if all is well, re-opens it and bonds on the extension post and customized crown. Afterwards, the patient gently uses the implant: eating, brushing, and flossing as usual.
Life with dental implants
Dental implants look, feel, and bite just as real teeth do. When you smile, that gap is completely closed, and you can feel confident that your new tooth won't slip or make your speech odd or slurred.
However, Dr. Yi cautions that good at-home and in-office hygiene is essential. While implants cannot develop cavities or be rejected by the body's immune system, the surrounding gums and bone can develop an infection called peri-implantitis. It resembles advanced gum disease and can destroy the surrounding jaw bone. To avoid peri-implantitis:
- Stop smoking
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Get six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Yi
A fantastic smile
It can be yours with dental implants from El Paso Viva Dental. Contact the office for a consultation appointment in El Paso, TX, and ask about our special implant pricing. Call (915) 751-1007.
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your El Paso, TX dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your El Paso, TX Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your El Paso, TX dentist to schedule an appointment.