Endosteal Implants in New York
Modern dentures are almost indistinguishable from other teeth. The structural and functional connection between the implant and the living bone partly facilitates this appearance. At iSmile Dental, the procedure is usually performed in one sitting but requires a period of osseointegration.
Osseointegration is the process of attaching an implant to the jaw bone. It takes six weeks to six months for an osseointegrated implant to secure and heal, after which the dentist can complete the procedure by installing a crown, bridge, or hybrid prosthesis.
Dental implants, which replace missing teeth, can be performed at any time after adolescence and the completion of basic bone growth. Certain medical conditions, such as active diabetes, cancer, or periodontal disease, may require additional treatment before the procedure.
A dental implant usually consists of a metal screw and a crown. When installing implants, dentists use surgical templates created based on computed tomography. On the toothless part of the jaw, the iSmile Dental doctor drills a small diameter hole (pilot hole) to fix the implant in place. To avoid damaging the vital structures of the jaw and face, the dentist must use great skills and experience when drilling a pilot hole.
After the initial pilot hole is drilled in the appropriate area of the jaw, the doctor slowly expands it so that the implant screw can be installed. Next, the surrounding gum tissue is fixed on the implant, and a protective screw plug is placed at the top, contributing to the healing of this area and osseointegration.
After six months of healing, the dentist of iSmile Dental will open the implant and attach the abutment - the part that holds the crown. The abutment can be installed immediately at the initial procedure - it depends on the patient's individual characteristics and the procedure's passage. The dentist will make a temporary or permanent crown when the abutment is installed. The process is completed when a permanent one replaces the temporary crown.
Follow-up and care
Strengthening or osseointegration of a dental implant depends on some factors. The patient needs to clean the temporary crown as well as the natural teeth. Strict oral hygiene practices help ensure the implant is correctly integrated with the bone structure. If you do not floss and brush, it can lead to treatment failure and gum area infection. Smoking is also associated with a high failure rate and should be avoided after implantation procedures.
After the first surgical procedure, discomfort for the patient should be minimal. An iSmile Dental dentist may prescribe prescription painkillers or antibiotics. The patient's diet should be limited to soft foods within five to seven days after surgery.
Recovery from an implant surgical procedure takes up to six months, while crown placement can take up to two months. Again, this timing depends on the individual cases and treatment. Subsequent patient meetings with treatment coordinators are important to track your progress.
With proper care, the implant can remain in place for life.
Is it possible to put an implant if the tooth was removed a long time ago? Yes, it is possible, but before implantation, it is necessary to carry out bone grafting. After tooth extraction, the bone ceases to receive nutrition and eventually atrophies, losing its volume.
On average, dental implant service life is from 10 to 30 years. For some brands of implants, the manufacturer gives a lifetime warranty. This means that in case of detection of a defect or design inaccuracies on the implant itself, it guarantees to replace the implant – the analog of the root with a new one.
Even though implantation is a surgical operation, it does not have strict restrictions on the upper limit age. You can undergo the procedure at 60, 70, and even 80 years. The main thing is that there are no specific contraindications, and the general state of health allows for such procedures.
The optimal time for the installation of implants is still 3-5 months after tooth extraction.
Why doesn’t the tooth implant take root? The percentage of survival of dental implants is very high – from 96% to 99.5%, depending on the class. Although the risk of rejection is minimal, patients before surgery worry whether they will fall into the risk group.
If rejection occurs within five years after the operation to install the implant, its replacement with a new one is guaranteed. The rate of implant rejection during the adaptation period (5 years) in world practice is only 1%. After adaptation, the probability of rejection is practically excluded.
Installation of 1 implant takes 10-30 minutes. Thanks to modern anesthetics, in the absence of several teeth in the patient, 6-8 titanium roots can be installed in one procedure.
After analyzing more than 60 studies that tracked implants placed in patients aged 75 years and older, the following conclusions were reached – after five years, the level of bone tissue around the implants remains at the same level as in patients of other age groups.
Implants are stronger than your teeth. During the 1-year rehabilitation period, they are still getting stronger. And then, they become stronger and withstand greater loads than teeth.
Tooth implant removal is a surgical operation that is performed under local anesthesia. The procedure itself is simple. Before removal, it is necessary to remove the dental crown. Re-implantation immediately after removal is impossible; restoring bone and soft tissues are essential.