Implant Dentistry at Village Dental
Many different types of dentistry exist, and each focuses on a particular part of oral health. Implant dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on providing dental implants to patients in need. Despite the dental progress that has been made over time, millions of adults still suffer from tooth loss every day, as the loss of teeth in adults occurs due to tooth decay, gum diseases, or injuries. For years, a variety of treatments options such as bridges and dentures have been available, and many of these are still perfect for patients today, but a recent treatment to tooth loss that is a modern trademark of dental technology is dental implants.
For patients missing teeth for any number of reasons, dental implants can restore the beauty of their smiles and the functionality of their mouths. Dental implants are replacements for the root or roots of a tooth. Dental implants, also known as endosseous implants or fixtures, are surgical components that bond with the bone of the jaw in order to support dental prostheses such as dentures, crowns, or bridges. The most common type of dental implant is the endosteal implant, which involves surgically placing screws or cylinders into the jawbone for the purpose of holding one or more prosthetic teeth. Another type of dental implant is the subperiosteal implant, which sits on the bone and utilizes metal framework posts protruding from the gums to hold the prosthesis on top of the jaw. Subperiosteal implants satisfy the dental needs of patients who have minimal bone height and are unable to wear conventional dentures. Both types of dental implants can offer solutions for:
- The patient that cannot speak or chew comfortably with conventional dentures.
- The patient who is missing teeth and wants to avoid a removable partial denture.
- The patient who has an exaggerated gag reflex and cannot maintain dentures of any kind in the mouth.
- The patient who is wearing dentures and wants a fixed appliance to improve function, cosmetics, or hygiene and the psychological acceptance of the replacement of missing teeth.
- The patient who needs to increase their ability to chew better in order to aid the digestive process.
The Process of Dental Implants
Current dental implants rely on the biological process of osseointegration, in which materials such as titanium combine with the bone as the bone grows around the implant and holds it in place. The dental implant is surgically placed into the bone. Dental implants are most often made of titanium or titanium alloys, as these metals will not be rejected by the body and are strong and lightweight. When teeth are lost, bone is lost as well, but the insertion of dental implants stabilizes the bone and prevents loss. Once the dental implant is fully integrated with the bone, the artificial tooth or teeth can be applied. Dental implants can be used to secure a single crown for one tooth or a bridge or dentures for a row of teeth, and each prosthetic is custom made to fit the patient’s mouth and match their existing teeth. The teeth attached to dental implants will be quite sturdy due to the security and strength of the dental implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The advantages of dental implants are many. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth when teeth are missing. With dental implants, patients receive a whole host of health benefits because:
- Dental implants are extremely durable. With proper care, dental implants will last for many years and may even last a lifetime.
- Dental implants elevate self-esteem by supplying patients with a stunning new smile and increased confidence.
- Dental implants permanently improve the appearance of the mouth and smile with replacements that look and feel like real teeth.
- Dental implants eliminate the problems of slurred speech or mumbling that occur when dentures slip because dental implants are firmly rooted in place.
- Dental implants improve long-term oral health by avoiding the invasive steps of reducing teeth and relying on nearby teeth for support.
- Dental implants immediately boost oral hygiene by allowing for easier access between teeth.
- Dental implants maintain the jawbone’s shape and density.
- Dental implants support the facial skeleton and the soft tissues such as gums, cheeks, and lips.
- Dental implants eliminate difficulty during eating because they stay in place without sliding or causing pain.
- Dental implants are much more comfortable than removable dentures or other types of dental prosthetics because they become a permanent part of the mouth.
Our Village Dental Care Approach to Implant Dentistry
With dental implants from Village Dental, our patients are sure to feel socially, psychologically, and physically rejuvenated. Village Dental has effectively provided our patients with hundreds of dental implants, and we are equipped with the most advanced technologies and procedures, such as SimPlant, the i-CAT, and Teeth-in-an-Hour.
SimPlant is precise preoperative planning software that reinforces the success of the implant procedure while ensuring an extra margin of safety. With SimPlant, Village Dental creates a plan for the ideal positioning of implants, in both 2D and 3D, all while taking into account both clinical and aesthetic considerations.
The i-CAT is an advanced 3D treatment tool used for implants and restorations, oral surgery, and TMJ disorders that produces high definition 3D diagnostic images for the ultimate treatment efficiency. Its simple and intuitive operation enables our dentists to accurately capture each patient’s unique anatomy and treatment progress and equips our dentists with maximum control over the process of providing dental implants. The i-CAT is the perfect technology for confidently mapping out surgical treatment plans and placing and restoring implants with speed and precision.
Teeth-in-an-Hour is a new surgical procedure allowing for the placement of dental implants in less than an hour. What makes Teeth-In-An-Hour different is the fact that it allows the dentist to use a software program to place implants virtually before the procedure is performed on the patient. The dentist emails the virtual model to the Swedish company Nobel Biocare, which creates a custom-made guide depicting exactly where to drill the holes for the implant. This advantage affords the dentist more precise planning for a minimally invasive surgery. The surgery produces no bleeding, requires no stitches, and has little if no pain involved. Village Dental was one of the first dental offices in Florida to perform this new technique.
With these modern developments in dentistry, Village Dental is able to give our patients the Village Dental Care implant dentistry experience and dental implant results.