What is a dental implant?
The best way to replace a tooth is to mimic it as closely as possible. Dental implants do just that.
A dental implant is a small post-like device made of titanium or titanium zirconium.
Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone to replace missing tooth roots. Once healed, dental implants act as a base to anchor the visible portion of the artificial tooth – ranging from individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges, or full-arch dental prostheses.
A dental implant is the only solution that replaces the missing tooth root, offering important benefits:
- Feels and looks like a natural tooth
- Helps prevent and minimize bone loss
- Helps preserve surrounding, healthy teeth
- Improves appearance
Why tooth loss matters
A missing tooth or teeth can take away from the smile that’s really you, but tooth loss can have many negative effects on your oral health, including:
- Bone loss
- Shifting and drifting teeth
- Bite changes
- Chewing difficulty
- Wearing down of remaining teeth
- Changes in the jaw joint
Tooth roots transfer biting forces to the jaw. This keeps the bone healthy and intact.
When the root is missing, the lack of applied force to the bone may cause bone loss.
Why choose dental implants?
Learn why dental implants are now the standard of care for missing teeth.
The decision to replace missing teeth with dental implants is an excellent investment in your oral health and appearance. There are many advantages when you choose dental implant treatment over a conventional method for tooth replacement:
A beautiful, natural-looking solution – Most similar to natural teeth, dental implants are designed to be a reliable, stable, and natural-looking restorative solution.
Prevent and minimize bone loss – Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bones, helping to maintain your bone and facial structure. Without teeth your bone may resorb resulting in shifting teeth and loss of facial structure.
Preserve surrounding teeth – When an implant is inserted in place of a missing tooth, adjacent health teeth are not damaged. With a conventional bridge, neighboring teeth must be ground down to support
A tooth is missing
Two healthy neighboring teeth are ground down to hold a bridge
Bridge does not transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone. Bone loss may occur
The Dental Implant
A tooth is missing
Tooth replacement with a dental implant
Neighboring teeth remain healthy and intact
Comfort – With dental implants, palatal plates used with conventional dentures are unnecessary. Patients who replace all of their teeth with dental implants can feel more comfortable talking, smiling and eating.
Proven Quality – With a long history of providing reliable, high quality dental implants, Straumann is one of the best choices for your dental implants. The Straumann® Dental Implant System is scientifically based and one of the most commonly used systems
Straumann Dental Implant Solutions for Missing Teeth
Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, Straumann offers a reliable tooth replacement option.
Replacement of a single tooth teeth
An implant replaces the missing tooth root and supports the implant crown. The healthy neighboring teeth do not have to be ground down and remain intact.
Replacement of multiple teeth
A bridge can be placed on two or more implants. As opposed to treatment with a conventional bridge, the healthy neighboring teeth are not damaged.
Fig. 1: A row of teeth can be anchored in the jaw by several implants
Fig. 2: An implant-supported denture can be removed by the patient for oral hygiene.
Replacement of all your teeth
There are various options available if you are missing all of your teeth. Your doctor will help you determine the right solution for you. Implant-supported full arch porsthesis are designed to offer more stability than conventional prostheses and look and feel more like natural teeth.
The Straightforward Dental Implant Procedure
Plan & Diagnosis
- X-ray images and CT scans are taken by your doctor to determine if an implant is the right solution
- One important condition for the treatment is that there is sufficient bone
- Your implant team will plan your case to help ensure the best outcome.
- The specialist will place the implant under local anesthesia and form the gum tissue around the implant.
The bone around the implant grows and integrates with the implant surface during the healing phase, which will last between 3-4 weeks and a few months depending on the type of implant placed.
If the implant is in a visible area, a temporary restoration may be placed while the site heals.
Placement of implant abutment
When healing is complete, your dentist will place the final abutment, a small piece that connects the implant to the crown. Your dentist will take an impression of the implant site to order the crown, bridge or denture from a dental laboratory.
When the final crown is returned from the lab, the temporary tooth will be removed and the final crown will be put into place.
Just like natural teeth, implants require regular check-ups and conscientious oral hygiene. With appropriate care, the long-term function of implants can be maintained. Your dentist will guide you on cleaning and hygiene measures.
Additional Surgical Procedures
Bone Grafting Solutions for Bone Loss
Some patients may not have enough bone to support a dental implant. In this case, your doctor can perform a ‘bone grafting’ procedure to help your body build new bone for the implant placement.
Reasons for bone loss include:
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease (periodontitis)
- Trauma to the jaw bone
What is “bone graft” material?
Bone graft material is the substance used to build the bone volume necessary for implant placement by helping to regenerate vital bone. We provide effective bone grafting materials that are tested, trusted and designed to deliver excellent results.
Your dental professional will help determine which type of bone graft material is best for you.
Sources of bone graft material include:
- Autograft – bone from your own body
- Allograft – sterilized human donor bone
- Xenograft – from an animal source
- Synthetic – manufactured artificial bone
Bone Grafting Procedure
A bone graft procedure happens either before or during the implant placement, depending on the amount of bone needed.
- The site will be anesthetized and an opening will be made
- The material will be placed and any necessary additional procedures performed
- The site will be closed and healing will begin and continue from 3-4 months to one year, depending on your body and the material used.
Learn more about the bone grafting procedure
Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.