Implant dentistry is a permanent tooth replacement therapy using a titanium dental implant to replace the tooth root, followed by a prosthetic device (such as a crown, bridge, partial denture, or denture) to replace your lost tooth or teeth. Tooth replacement therapy can do much more than merely improve your smile, it will also make eating and chewing easier and far more comfortable.
Your dental implant will have three components:
- The implant – which is surgically implanted in your jaw
- The prosthesis – or your new teeth, which may include a crown, bridge, or denture)
- The abutment – which is the small connector that attaches the prosthesis to your implant
Implant tooth replacement therapy involves 2 phases:
- Surgical placement of your dental implant
- Prosthetic fabrication, followed by insertion of the abutment and attachment of your artificial teeth
Successful Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are largely successful, with success rates of approximately 95% over 50 years of research, but risks do exist. The three main groups of risks with implant therapy are:
- That the implant will not integrate into the bone, possibly requiring removal and reinsertion. Certain medical conditions or situations may lead to a higher rate of failure.
- That during the procedure, damage may occur to important anatomic structures such a nerve or sinus, or that the implant may not be able to be placed in the desired position. This is risk is very small when a cone-beam CT scan is used prior to surgery to visualize where these structures lie.
- Over the long-term, prosthetic components may wear out faster in some patients than others, depending on certain factors such as diet, tooth grinding, and patient anatomy.
It is important to remember that dental implant tooth replacement therapy involves dental surgery, for the placement if the dental implant within your jawbone, which may require the efforts of a team of specialists: the dental surgeon, the restorative dentist or fabricator of your prosthesis, and you – the patient. Successful implant therapy requires careful planning and communication and it is vital that you know who will perform which phases of your dental implant treatment, and to have a defined plan from each provider before you begin.
For dental implants in Colorado, Dr. Maroney and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.