A revolution has occurred since the mid 1990’s - the development and ACCEPTANCE of dental implants. Now dentists and patients are able to regain a lost tooth. No longer is dentistry about fixing problems, now dentist's are "in the construction business." Dentistry has turned a new page, and as a result and we can rebuild a single tooth or a whole mouth.
There are many options with dental implants. Dental implants can be used in the following situations:
- Replacing a single tooth
- Implant supported bridge replacing up-to three teeth
- 2 implants in lower jaw for a Removable Implant Overdenture
- 4 implants in lower for a Removable Implant Over denture
- All on 4 - a non-removable screw retained prosthesis
- Mini Dental Implants
There are two types of implants: Root form and Mini. A "root form" tooth implant is the one that is most commonly known, placed or "used", has been around for 30 years, and has a high success rate around 95%. In fact, a majority of the dental implants done at Texas Denture Clinic are of this type.
Mini implants are reserved for some patients who could not get a regular implant because either their bone density has significantly deteriorated or their jawbone is exceedingly thin. Mini implants are reserved for patient at or near the age of 70, and have some significant drawbacks compared to traditional root form implants.
Dr. Clark Damon will recommend the type of implant, which best suits you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Many people think that a dental implant is one piece and that it is the white part of the tooth that you eat with. In reality, the implant is the part that is placed into the bone. So, to replace a single tooth- three things are needed: Implant Crown (what resembles the white part you eat with), Abutment, and Implant. Most of the time, bone grafting is required at the time of placement to ensure that bone encases the implant its self so you have a long lasting implant. Unfortunately, bone loss is inevitable with any tooth extraction. But it is a common misconception that patients do not have enough bone for implants.
Dental implants are made from titanium, are irradiated by gamma radiation to be sterile. They are inserted into the jaw bone. A crown or implant denture is placed on top of the implant connected by an abutment. Root form dental implants look like a real tooth in terms of size and shape.
At our office, we use the best implant system on the market - Nobel Biocare. We offer our patients the highest quality of care possible and recommend the highest quality implant system.
The Benefits of Root-Form Implants
These implants offer a lot of advantages such as:
- Ability to place a real, natural looking crown.
- Made from titanium - highly durable.
- Have a success rate above 95%
- Developed in the 1980’s, there is a significant amount of evidence confirming their use, longevity, and success.
- We can offer our patients with out teeth ability to gain their teeth back.
The Benefits of Mini Dental Implants
- Can anchor bridges, cemented crowns or dentures.
- Help preserve the jawbone and aesthetic appearance.
- Cost effective is about half the price of conventional dental implants.
- Allow you to eat, speak, and smile with renewed confidence.
The Texas Denture Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas makes use of the most recent technology in analyzing the density and quality of the bone before performing the mini implant placement. We scan all of our implant patients with an ICAT 3-D CT Scanner. This process allows Dr. Damon at the Texas Denture Clinic to choose the right size and type of the mini implant for a precise placement and to avoid sinuses and nerves during the procedure. .
The placement of the mini dental implants is easy, simple, and usually quick. The procedure is done in our office and only requires a sedation or a local anesthesia. The dentist will use a controlled, precise surgical procedure to place the mini dental implants into the jawbone. The dental implants’ abutment are placed protruded from the gum tissue to provide a solid and strong foundation for the replacement teeth or dentures.