Implants today are more technologically advanced than implants placed even five years ago, and give many patients the ability to chew comfortably when this was not possible before. While implants have been available for more than thirty years, due to their predictability implants now represent the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Most studies show success rates better than 95%, and if an implant is well taken care of it should last a lifetime.
Implants are indicated whenever at least one tooth is missing. If the missing space(s) is not filled, the teeth surrounding the space often drift, the opposing teeth in the other arch will erupt further into the oral cavity (hypereruption) which can change your bite, bone erosion can occur in the area, and even changes in speech might occur. The popularity of implants has increased steadily over the years.
Implants are designed to replace the root of a missing tooth and can be used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Implant supported dentures have gained a major popularity in the recent years. New materials and techniques have made the retention of the implant supported dentures to a greater extent than conventional dentures.
The root-form implant is the most common type and basically consists of three main components:
Dr. Nicole Wright utilizes the most up-to-date technology in planning and placing dental implants. A 3-D scan of the patient’s jaw bone is taken to assess their bone quality and quantity. This scan also helps her see where the important vital structures are (ie- nerves, vessels) and avoid them! In addition to state-of-the-art technology, a surgical guide is fabricated using the scan information. This guide precisely fits the patient’s teeth and assists with the pre-planned positioning of the implant. Utilization of these sophisticated technologies leads to more predictable and successful implant outcomes.