Dental Implant Overview and Options
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Hi, I’m Dr. Derrick Johnson of Integrated Dentistry, and I wanted to talk to you a few minutes about dental implants; what are they, what can we do with dental implants, are you a good candidate for dental implants?
So, let’s talk about just the basics of what a dental implant is. It’s a titanium screw that’s used to replace a tooth root. So, if we look here it shows a great program called Consult-PRO. We’re gonna see the loss of a premolar tooth and to replace that tooth, in comes a dental implant.
Dental implant – It’s made of surgical grade titanium. So, just like if you had a hip replaced, or knee replaced, the same surgical grade titanium is what the implant’s made out of. The unique property of that is the bone actually is attracted to this implant and it locks the implant in place. It’s called osseointegration. So that the bone fuses with the implant and what it does, it can support a new tooth
So, what we’re seeing here this is a healing cover that was placed on here and now you’re gonna see what’s called an abutment. So, the abutment is what connects the implant to the new crown that’s gonna come on here. We’re gonna see a new porcelain crown being built on here. So, this is a very basic way that we could use a dental implant to replace a single tooth.
Now one misconception about implants is people think, “Oh my God! I’m missing many teeth. Am I gonna need to have 30 implants to get my teeth back?” And the answer is no. We can use a few implants to put back several teeth. And so this is an extension of this concept.
So, here is the single implant, and this is an example here I’ll show you a bridge that we’re doing. So, we have two implants that we’ve placed. And it’s holding three teeth on that bridge. And here we have, there’s little access holes where we’re gonna screw those down and lock that in place and then we’ll put a filling over there, but we’ve put back three teeth that this person was missing, with two dental implants.
Some people have dentures. Solving denture problems with implants is a really huge advantage, and it’s one of the best ways to solve denture problems. So, the problem with dentures is nothing holds them in place. They’re floating around in someone’s mouth. They’re putting pressure on someone’s gums, there’s a lot of problems that can come with dentures.
So, what dental implants do is we can use as little as two but in this situation, four implants is a great solution to a denture problem. So, we have these four anchors inside these teeth is that is a connector and these snap in place and they’re secure when you’re eating and talking, but you can also take them out as far as cleaning them.
So, that’s another way we can use dental implants. And even a step up from there is we can build a full arch of teeth that do not come in and out. So, this is made out of a material called zirconia. So, zirconia is imagine like man-made diamond. Like a cubic zirconia. This material is really super hard and strong. Essentially, you can’t break it. It’s so strong. And we have six implants here holding this in place. And the other quality with zirconia is it’s hard and smooth, so it’s very, very easy to clean.
So, these type of teeth go in. I put them in at the office, and you don’t take them in and out. And this is the closest thing we have to getting your mouth completely rebuilt back to health. So, if you have all of your teeth are missing, or all your teeth are going bad, these last two options are a removable implant supported teeth in this situation, or fixed implant-supported, or both options.
The other thing I haven’t mentioned yet about implants is, let’s say we don’t do implants and you lose teeth, what comes along with that is you also lose bone. So, the purpose of your jaw is to hold teeth. And when there’s no teeth in there, the bone automatically just goes away over time. And it’s very difficult to get that bone back. When we place implants in the jaw, it stimulates the bone, it provides a healthy stress to the bones of the jaw. And it actually supports the bone. So, you maintain your bone and your facial structure over time.
Anyway, that’s just a little summary of implants there’s more I could say but I think that for now, that’s a pretty good overview and thanks for watching the video.