Dental implants what to expect

October 24th, 2016 by Dr. Farokh Zhand

Implants on the dental formulae are used as a remedy for restoration of an otherwise incoherent dental structure. The rectification can be done using different implant methods which are practiced at different levels but mostly according to the patient’s preference.

The implant methods deployed are distinguished by the factor which defines if they are removable or permanently fixated on the jaws.

Fixed full- arch implant supported bridges consist of 4-8 implants and a fixed dental bridge on bridges. This implant unlike all-on-4 has a redemption mechanism if the implants were to get lost.  The bridge is not solely dependent on the implants and this guarantees its survival even if the implants are not successfully deployed. Having been crafted from porcelain its general outlook is pleasant and well consolidated.   A long time issue with the implant supported bridges is the fact that porcelain chip damage or breaks on implant supported bridge which could happen over one’s lifetime. This however, can be repaired.

In All-on-4 implants, its state-of-art allows for a limited number of implants that give support to the supported batch of teeth which allows for the implants to anchor a full arch on either the upper or the lower jaw. In this type of implant, the operation is done to ensure that the teeth remain immobile which means they have to be properly transfixed. This means that any deviation or movements in the initial healing stages can compromise the healing process and consequently implant failure. Soft diet is recommended in this case to aid in maintaining the strength of that integration during the healing process which might go for eight to six weeks. It is recommended that the All-on-4 are supported and held into place using screws rather than cement if possible, based on dental implant angulation.

Implant supported overdenture and telescopic prosthesis is a removable implant method. It consists of four or more dental implants which are attached to a removable prosthesis depending on the design of the implants. A metal bar used to support the denture may be used. The person being operated on may choose a custom metal bar versus a telescope, and the number of implants needed in accordance with the amount of available bone. The material used to make the teeth and its esthetic value all influence the cost of the procedure. This is a removable set of teeth which are taken out to be cleaned. It is highly recommended for people with intense bone loss that would require lip support. The downside of this type of implant is that the attachment parts could wear out after a period of three to four years though this can be fixed.

Implant retained overdenture is another removable implant with two or more implants and a removable appliance. It provides support which is reinforced by your tissue which handles all the pressure on it. This makes it prone to sore spots and occasional relining of the denture. Relining of the denture may occur after three to four years since the tissues provide maximum support to the appliance. The attachment parts may wear out and this can happen after two to four years. The parts can be fixed.

The general dental healing process of implants takes about three to six months.

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