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5 Ways to Achieve Dental Implant Success

5 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Chances for a Successful Dental Implant:

As you prepare for your dental implants, you may wonder what you can do to make sure you get the best results. Dental implants have a high success rate, but there are still simple things you can do to make sure you enjoy your implants for a lifetime.

1) Don’t smoke.

Some dental surgeons refuse to give implants to patients who smoke. More often, they encourage them quit before the procedure and abstain during recovery. Smoking interferes with the healing process by reducing the flow of blood in the mouth. Impeded healing can jeopardize bone grafts and the implant itself. Heat in the mouth can lead to oral-burn syndrome that damages bone and soft tissue.

According to a University of Minnesota study, the dental implants of smokers are twice as likely to fail as those of non-smokers. In addition, smokers experienced major or minor complications 15% more often. Smokers also experience higher post-operative infection rates than non-smokers. Gaps and cavities may develop between the implants and the gums that fill with bacteria and become swollen and inflamed.

 

2) Follow your recovery directions to help healing.

Post-procedural instructions are easy to follow and help create the best conditions for healing during your recovery. Right after your surgery, limit your diet to soft foods. Our surgeons at Cumberland Surgical Arts recommend that patients avoid chewing foods near the surgical site until after your first follow-up appointment.

During recovery, you may experience some swelling or minor bleeding, which can be managed easily. Avoid spitting and rinsing. Instead, use compresses of gauze or herbal tea bags to control bleeding.

If your surgeon prescribes pain medications or antibiotics, follow the directions on the bottle carefully and refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery. While you can engage in normal, daily activities, you should avoid rigorous activities, such as exercise.

For more advice on having a successful and painless recovery, visit our After Dental Implant Surgery.

 

3) Keep your follow-up appointments.

The first year after your placement is a crucial time. Studies show that, while there is an , the rate falls to 1% after that.

To ensure the best chance for success, your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments during the first, third, and sixth months after your procedure, then yearly after that.

During these follow-up visits, dental x-rays can be used to examine the fusion between the implant and the jawbone. Thorough examinations can catch any infection or disease that may have developed before it goes too far.

4) Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.

Appointments with both your dental surgeon and your dentist will ensure that you achieve the best results possible. On top of the follow-up appointments you have with your surgeon, you still need to meet with your dentist for routine x-rays and cleanings.

These routine dental appointments help guarantee that your surrounding teeth and soft tissues remain healthy. If periodontal disease develops, your dentist can propose treatment to control it and prevent it from compromising your implants.

 

5) Maintain your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day.

Even though dental implants are made of materials like porcelain and titanium, they still need to be cared for like your natural teeth. While cavities cannot develop on implants, surrounding teeth can be affected if your prosthetic crown and surrounding gums aren’t being cleaned regularly.

You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. Flossing regularly will help remove any debris that might create plaque build-up or contribute to an infection. Using an antibacterial mouthwash also kills germs and fights plaque.

The path to a successful dental implant is straightforward. Patients who dedicate themselves to maintaining their oral health have the best chance of success. While some steps can be taken directly after the surgery, continued communication with your surgeon and dentist combined with regular oral hygiene ensure success for the long term.

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After Dental Implant Surgery

After Dental Implants, Home Care Instructions, Dental Implant Recovery

Day of Surgery

FIRST HOUR: Bite down gently but firmly on the gauze packs that have been placed over the surgical areas, making sure they remain in place. Do not change them for the first hour unless the bleeding is not controlled. The packs may be gently removed aftedental implantr one hour. If active bleeding persists, place enough new gauze to obtain pressure over the surgical site for another 30 minutes. The gauze may then be changed as necessary (typically every 30 to 45 minutes). It is best to moisten the gauze with tap water and loosely fluff for more comfortable positioning.

EXERCISE CARE: Do not disturb the surgical area today. Do NOT rinse vigorously or probe the area with any objects. You may brush your teeth gently. Smoking will retard healing, causing increased discomfort and increased chance of dry sockets. We strongly discourage smoking during the healing phase.

ORAL HYGIENE: It is important to keep the mouth clean. You should brush your teeth the night of surgery, but be gentle around the surgical sites. If there is minimal bleeding, saltwater rinses may begin 24 hours after surgery (mix 1 tablespoon of salt with 8 ounces of water.) Swish gently and allow the water to drip into the sink. Rinses should be done 2-3 times a day, especially after eating.

ACTIVITIES: Activities after surgery should be couch or bed rest for the first day. Bending, lifting, or strenuous activity will result in increased bleeding, swelling and pain. You should be careful going from the lying down position to standing. You could get light headed when you stand up suddenly. If you exercise regularly, be aware that your normal fluid and caloric intake is reduced. Exercise in the post-operative period may also result in increased bleeding, swelling and discomfort. Exercise should be avoided for 3-4 days following surgery.

OOZING: Bleeding will occur after surgery, and it is not uncommon to ooze blood for 24-48 hours after surgery. Keep in mind that oral bleeding represents a little blood and a lot of saliva. Placing a gauze pack over the area and biting firmly will control bleeding. If oozing is still active, replace gauze as needed every 30-45 minutes.

PERSISTENT BLEEDING: Bleeding should never be severe. If so, it usually means that the packs are being clenched between teeth only and are not exerting pressure on the surgical areas. Try repositioning the packs. If bleeding persists or begins again sit upright or in a recliner, avoid physical activity, use ice packs and bite on gauze for 1 hour or on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea leaves helps to promote blood clotting. If bleeding remains uncontrolled, please call our office.

SWELLING: Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery and will not reach its maximum until 2-3 days after surgery. It can be minimized by using a cold pack, ice bag or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel and applied firmly to the cheek adjacent to the surgical area. This should be applied twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off during the first 24 hours after surgery. If you have been prescribed medicine for the control of swelling, be sure to take it as directed.

SUGGESTED WAY TO APPLY ICE: Fill two zipper lock bags with crushed ice. Cut a pair of pantyhose at the thigh and slide both ice bags halfway down the leg (to the knee area). Tie the ends of the pantyhose on top of the patients head and adjust ice to sides of face over surgical sites.

PAIN: Unfortunately most oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. You will usually have a prescription for pain medication. If you take the first pill before the anesthetic has worn off, you should be able to manage any discomfort better. Some patients find that stronger pain medicine causes nausea, but if you precede each pain pill with a small amount of food, chances for nausea will be reduced. The effects of pain medications vary widely among individuals. If you do not achieve adequate relief at first, you may supplement each pain pill with an analgesic such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Some patients may even require two of the pain pills at one time. Remember that the most severe pain is usually within six hours after the local anesthetic wears off; after that your need for medicine should lessen. If you find you are taking large amounts of pain medicine at frequent intervals, please call our office. If you anticipate needing more prescription medication for the weekend, you must call for a refill during weekday business hours.

DIET: Eat any nourishing food that can be taken with comfort. Avoid extremely hot foods. Do not use a straw for the first few days after surgery. It is sometimes advisable, but not absolutely required, to confine the first days intake to liquids or pureed foods (soups, puddings, yogurt, milk shakes, etc.) Avoid chewing food until tongue sensation has returned. It is best to avoid foods like rice, nuts, sunflower seeds, popcorn, etc., which may get lodged in the surgical areas. Over the next several days you may gradually progress to solid foods. It is important not to skip meals! If you take nourishment regularly you will feel better, gain strength, have less discomfort and heal faster. If you are a diabetic, maintain your normal eating habits or follow instructions given by your doctor.

NAUSEA: Nausea and vomiting can occur as a result of swallowed blood, discomfort, anesthesia or pain medicines. Post-operative nausea is usually self-limiting and sipping on flat cola or ginger ale often helps. Soda crackers also may be used. If nausea persists, stop taking the pain medicine and substitute an over the counter pain medicine for the next dose. If nausea persists call our office.

Instructions for the Second and Third Days

MOUTH RINSES: Keeping your mouth clean after surgery is essential. Use 1/4 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8 ounce glass of warm water and gently rinse with portions of the solution, taking five minutes to use the entire glassful. Repeat as often as you like, but at least two or three times daily.

BRUSHING: Begin your normal oral hygiene routine as soon as possible after surgery. Soreness and swelling may not permit vigorous brushing, but it is extremely important to clean your teeth within the bounds of comfort. Maintaining a clean environment adjacent to the healing surgical wounds is required for optimum and speedy healing.

HEALING: Normal healing after placement of dental implants should be as follows: The first two days after surgery are generally the most uncomfortable and there is usually some swelling. On the third day you should be more comfortable and, although still swollen, can usually begin a more substantial diet. The remainder of the post-operative course should be gradual, steady improvement. If you don’t see continued improvement, please call our office.

DISCOLORATION OR BRUISING: The development of black, blue, green or yellow discoloration is due to bruising beneath the tissues. This is a normal post-operative occurrence that might appear 2-3 days after surgery. Beginning 36 hours after the surgery, moist heat applied to the area may speed up resolution of the discoloration.

SHARP EDGES: If you feel something hard or sharp edges in the surgical areas, it is likely you are feeling the bony walls which once supported the extracted teeth. Occasionally small slivers of bone may work themselves out during the following week or so. If they cause concern or discomfort, please call the office.

DRY LIPS: If the corners of your mouth are stretched they may dry out and crack. Keep your lips moist with an ointment such as Vaseline.

SORE THROAT: This is not uncommon after oral surgery. The muscles get swollen and this may make swallowing painful. This should go away on its own in 2-3 days.

STIFF JAW MUSCLES: This may cause a limitation in opening the mouth wide for a few days after surgery. This is a normal post-operative event that usually resolves during the week after surgery. Stretching these muscles may help to speed up resolution of this problem.

Your case is individual no two mouths are alike. Do not accept well-intended advice from friends. Discuss your problem with the person best able to effectively help you your surgeon!

It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office at Toll Free : 800 80 80 80

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What To Expect During A Dental Implant Procedure

The dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care want their patients to know what to expect during a dental implant procedure. Every procedure is individual and unique to each patient, but there are some steps in a dental implant procedure that are routine.

What is a dental implant?

There is more than one way to replace a tooth, or teeth. Permanent dental implants, mini dental implants and dentures are three ways. For this article, we focus on dental implants.

A dental implant is made of titanium and is surgically placed into your jaw, by a dentist. The implant looks like a screw, and is placed into the jaw bone. The implant mimics the root of your tooth and lessens the effects of bone loss because of missing teeth.  After the implant is placed, a tooth will be formed and placed on top of it.

How long does it take to do a dental implant?

Every patient and procedure is unique, but there are factors that determine the length of time it takes for the dental implant procedure including:

  1. You overall dental health
  2. The number of teeth, and which teeth are, being replaced
  3. Whether teeth will need to be extracted and bone grafting performed before the implant procedure

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Is a dental implant treatment painful?

As with any dental surgery, there can be discomfort. The amount of discomfort is unique to each patient, but the dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care are committed to making dental procedures pain-free as possible.

Our office provides various levels of sedation dentistry to our patients. Talk with us prior to your treatment to determine the level of sedation you require as there are levels that require you having a ride to and from your appointment.

Many of our patients report they were more comfortable during the procedure than they anticipated. You may leave the appointment with a prescription for a non-narcotic pain medication to take to address any potential pain.

What happens after a dental implant procedure?

You may have soreness and swelling in the gum and soft tissues surrounding the area in which the dental implant was placed. The discomfort will be treated with a non-narcotic painkiller. Chances are, you won’t have to worry about missing work the next day. Many of our patients also tell us they didn’t even need to take the pain medication.

What happens during the D?

A dental implant will typically be accomplished in two phases and it may take up to seven months for the entire process to be complete – this depends on your rate of healing.  During the procedure the following occur:

  1. Your mouth will be thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia
  2. Once you’re numb, an incision is made in your gum where the implant will go
  3. The implant will be screwed into place
  4. Your gums will be closed over the implant and you may have one or two stitches placed
  5. Over the course of several months, the implant will securely attach itself to the jaw bone

The second phase of the dental implant procedure will take place approximately three months later and includes a visit to our office to complete the process. The second phase involves:

  1. The dentist making a small incision in the gum to expose the implant
  2. A small extension will be placed on the implant; this is where the crown will be placed
  3. Your new crown will be made and your dentist will place it onto the implant

Is there special care I need to take with my dental implant?

Dental implants will be cared for just like you care for your regular teeth. You will brush and floss and schedule regular dental examinations and check-ups.

If you have questions on dental implants, call our office today or fill appointment form to schedule an appointment.

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Dental Implants Types

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial replacements for dental roots. Dental implant is usually manufactured from titanium or titanium alloys. The dental implant surface can be covered with different substances to increase its stability and osseointegration. There are several dental implants types, but the contemporary ones have tronconic or cylindrical shapes, the same as the natural dental root. Crowns or dental works (bridges, prosthesis, etc.) are fixed on the dental implants. Dental works on implants can be fixed or detachable (mobile).

Types of dental implants

Types of dental implants - Root shape

Root shape

Root shape dental implants are one of the most popular in the world. They may have cylindrical shapes, smooth or with spires and conical

Dental implant surface

Modern implants have the bone contact surface in rugose topography to allow bone cells to settle on and osseointegrate it, and the one in contact with gums has a smooth, shiny topography, for epithelial gum cells to adhere, sealing the space surrounding the implant’s neck. Technology has enabled the creation of rugose surfaces in several topographies (nano and micro rugosity), so that bone cells can perfectly adhere to the implant. The more rugose surface and carefully processed, the higher the dental implant quality. That because bone adheres much better and more uniform, and present rugosities increase the contact surface between implant and bone, increasing its mechanical stability initially and biological subsequently to osseointegration.

Dental implant surface

Dental implant components and types of work on implant

Dental implant treatment involves several components: implant itself, prosthetic abutment (connecting implant with the work) and dental crown.

Dental implant components

Cemented dental works on implant

Cemented dental works on implant

Dental implant defines not only the root area (replacement). One of the means through which a crown is attached to the dental implant is by cementing it on an intermediary piece (prosthetic abutment). The prosthetic abutment is screwed to the implant and the work is fixed on it using an adhesive (dental cement). It represents the perfect way to place the crown for a single dental implant and requires great caution because, during the moment of sticking, cement remains/excess can infiltrate under the gum, damaging the implant in time. Sometimes the crown can be cleaned with difficulty and can lose cement or can be lost / broken.

Dental works screwed on implant

Dental works screwed on implant

The second method for attaching a crown/dental work to the implant is by screwing it. Therefore, crown is directly screwed to the implant and the fixing screw access hole is covered with obturation material (filling) matching the tooth color. The advantage lies in its easy removal anytime when needed (professional hygiene, small fixes, etc.). The disadvantage lies in the fact that this tiny screw can weaken under high pressure, requiring periodic tightening with special keys, wrenches (with a precisely calibrated force couple).

Dental mini-implants

Dental mini-implants

Dental mini-implants are extremely thin implants, with limited resistance and with limited directions:

  • Narrow spaces (lateral incisors area) are the narrowest teeth inside the oral cavity – not recommended for the rest of the teeth (they can fracture),
  • Mobile dentures stabilization (mobile dentures on „over denture” implants) for the elderly, when mastication forces aren’t that high,
  • As temporary implants, for fixing temporary works until definitive implant integration or until bone addition healing when lost bone volume is restored through resorption (melting).

Dental mini-implants

Implants which are no longer used (history)

“Blade” type implants

“Blade” type implants

Subperiostal implants

Subperiostal implants

Bar fixed to the bone

Bar fixed to the bone

Transosseus implants

Transosseus implants

Although they were “sensational” in their time, these dental implants types are no longer used (blade, subperiostal) or, some of them, are used limited: “bar fixed to the bone” implants and “transosseus” ones – in case of severe bone atrophy, when patient cannot undergo bone addition.

Zygomatic implants

Represented by extremely long implants used in special situations.

Zygomatic implants

Zygomatic implants are placed in the back of the maxillary bone (superior), where maxillary sinuses reside and bone has the lowest density. The tips of these implants are anchored into the zygomatic bones (cheekbones), which maintain volume and density throughout time, even if the maxillary bone is resorbed. These implants are recommended for severe maxillary atrophies, when there is practically no bone left (in the superior maxillary) or remaining bone is in an extremely low quantity, being filled with air by exaggerated sinus volume enlargement. In this case it represents a good alternative to invasive surgery, when patient is unable or unwilling to undertake complex bone additions for lost bone volume enlargement in this region. Zygomatic implants rapidly and efficiently ensure an excellent stability in the posterior area for immediate dental works (allows immediate anchoring to fixed works).

In certain techniques, conventional implants can be successfully combined – in the frontal region we insert conventional implants and in the posterior areas we insert zygomatic implants – procedure called „TotalFix+”.

Zygomatic dental implants types

For severe maxillary atrophy conditions in all areas (including anterior) a number of two or three zygomatic implants are inserted individually yet simultaneously, in the same session, on each side of the superior maxillary (four or six in total), techniques called „QuadZygoma” respectively „Sixzygoma”.

Zygomatic dental implants types

Zygomatic implant insertion is carried out through extremely complex surgical procedures that involve an experienced medical team (implantologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, prosthetists, anesthetist, etc.) and all equipment specific for a major surgical act – operating block, general anesthesia, dental CT scanner, etc.

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Dental Implants Procedure

Despite the progress in dental care, lots of people suffer from tooth loss. This is caused mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease or an injury. Not too long ago only bridges and dentures were available as the treatment options for people with missing teeth. Now, our dentists are well versed with the dental implants treatment.

Dental Implant Natural ToothWhat Are Dental Implants?

The dental implant, also called as endosseous implant or fixture, is fixed in the jaw or the skull in order to support any dental prosthesis like a denture, a crown or a bridge. It is also used to act as a facial prosthetic or orthodontic anchor. To add a prosthetic tooth, firstly an implant is fixed and since it is made up of titanium it osseointegrates to develop a permanent bond with the bone of the jaw or the skull. After the implant forms a bond, a prosthetic is added on top of it to act as a tooth.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Depending up on the jaw and the way the implants are placed the procedure can have a success rate of 98%.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

It is important to have healthy gums and jawbone to get implants. If your jawbone is too thin or weak it can easily break when the implants are to be fixed on your jaw. Also, excessively soft or weak jawbones may require a bone graft before attaching implants. If the bone is not high enough to fix an implant or if the sinuses are placed too close to one another, then a sinus lift is required.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting dental implants requires a number of visits to the dental implants dentist over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for dental implants. While the area is numb, the dental implants will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of dental implants, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other dental implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the dental implants, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions from your dental implants dentist when your dental implants treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dental implants.

Advantages of using a single tooth dental implant over bridges

  1. A single tooth dental implant functions as well as looks like a real tooth, unlike in the case of a denture.
  2. It can easily replace one tooth without causing any harm to the health of the teeth neighboring to the tooth to be replaced.
  3. This procedure protects and preserves your bone as it replaces your tooth root by integrating with the jaw. Whereas when a bridge is used the bone that had been surrounding the tooth previously, begins to deteriorate.
  4. The long-term maintaining of a single tooth implant is easier and more feasible as compared to a bridge.
  5. A visible defect due to the receding of gums around a bridge becomes visible when the metal bridge or collar is exposed. The resorbed bone beneath the teeth can give a very unattractive smile and also, the cement underneath the bridge can wash away and lead to the decay of the tooth that is holding the bridge.

Procedure of placing the implant

  1. The screw-like implant is firstly placed in your jaw and it is then left for the next two to six months, depending on the patient, to bond with your jaw so that it can provide an anchor to the prosthetic tooth attached on top of it. During this period a fake tooth is placed on top of the implant for cosmetic purposes.
  2. In the second step, the implant is uncovered by the temporary tooth and a prosthetic is attached to it. In some cases, after the uncovering of the temporary tooth, the prosthetic is allowed to rest and heal for a few more weeks before attaching the permanent tooth. It varies from person to person, which procedure is better.
  3. The attachment of a replacement tooth over the implant through an abutment or a small metal post is done ar the end. After a small period of time, the tooth will be completely recovered and will not even feel like a prosthetic and be able to have normal functionality and aesthetic requirements.

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants – These implants are fixed on the jawbone directly using surgery. As soon as the surrounding gums heal, a second surgery is required in order to attach a prosthetic tooth to the posts of the implant which is protruding out of the gums. The secondary prosthetic can be attached singularly or in the form of a bridge of more than one teeth.

Subperiosteal Implants – Just below the gum tissue, a metal frame is fixed on the jawbone. The metal frame gets permanently fixed to the jawbone as the gums get healed and its posts protrude through the gums. Then, in a similar way to the endosteal implants, dental prosthetics are fixed on the posts.

Complications that may come

  • While the implantation procedure is performed, there are risks normal to surgery such as infection, necrosis or excessive bleeding. Also, anatomic structures close by to the spot where the implantation is done can be injured if not done carefully. This is why it is important to get a procedure done only by a certified dentist or orthodontist.
  • There is a risk of instability of the implant immediately after the surgery. But as time passes and the jawbone develops a bonding with the titanium implant, it gets sturdier and chances of instability decrease.
  • After the procedure, there is still a risk of infection and hence, antibiotics must be taken as per advised by your dentist.
  • There is a chance that excessive bleeding may be induced at the site of implantation. In such a case, you must rush to your doctor immediately.
  • There is a risk of flap breakdown or of the failure of integration process of the implant with the jawbone.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?

Depending on the insurance plan, coverage under your medical plan may be possible. However, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance at the moment. More details can be discussed with your dentist and the insurance provider.

Dental Implants at Dentcare Clinic Dubai:

We boast of a 100% success rate at our clinic. For patients seeking fast and high quality implant services, our implants are the clear choice.

Conventional dental implant process can take from 3 to 9 months and some times more in some cases. However, without our system and procedure, it can be completed in 3 appointments. With the state of the art equipment’s, highly skilled dental specialists who use latest technologies offer a speedy and much better alternative to the conventional procedure. The missing teeth can be replaced immediately by placing the implants directly into the available bone. With the use of angled, and/or max implant technology, is less likely to require bone grafting.

  • The dental implant process at Dentcare Clinic involves maximum three visits either in one day for single implants or maximum one week for multiple implants.
  • For multiple implants cases, on the very first appointment, the dental specialist will perform dental extractions of the damaged teeth and finish off the procedure by placing the implants.
  • The second appointment depending on complexity of each case, where the doctor will place the temporary fixed acrylic teeth.
  • The third and final appointment will be seven days later, when the final set of fixed permanent porcelain teeth are placed.
  • For single implant cases, the final permanent all-ceramic (porcelain) tooth, is delivered either on the same day or the following day.
  • All our implants have a ten year guarantee.

At Dentcare Clinic Dubai, the patients are assured of quality service provided by experienced professionals in a pain-free procedure. So opt for dental implants to replace your missing tooth and get that perfect smile back for a happier and more confident social life.

The patient will return for occasional check-ups over the next several weeks and months. After almost six months, when the gums have fully healed and the dental implants are fused to the natural bone, we will take new impressions of the patient’s mouth and prepare a final, stronger, permanent set of teeth adjusted to a perfect fit–at no additional cost. This helps ensure that the teeth will last for decades, and provide maximum support, beauty, and function to the patient.

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Dental Implants: Your Smile Savers

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Have you ever had a bad dream of having to show up in school or at work missing a front tooth? Waking up, do you remember how painfully embarrassing it was?

Losing a tooth (or teeth) can be a devastating blow — emotionally and professionally. It can easily damage one’s self-esteem in immeasurable proportions.

For most cases of missing tooth, dental implants are frequently the best treatment options. Denture wearers often complain of their dentures slipping or clicking or even getting loose. Dental implants won’t exhibit ‘funny’ sounds that would give away hints of wearing ‘false’ teeth.

A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, implants are fused in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. Implants are used to secure crowns, bridges or dentures in a variety of ways.

With dental implants:
  • Patients can eat anything without chewing difficulties.
  • Patients can smile without worrying about their teeth.
  • Patients can talk and laugh confidently without the fear of missing teeth being noticed, or dentures clicking, slipping or falling out.
  • Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, and the patient’s facial structure remains natural.
  • With proper care, dental implants have the potential of lasting a lifetime.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Anyone who has lost a tooth and is in good general and oral health is a good implant candidate. To support the implant, adequate bone in the jaw is needed. The best candidate has healthy gum tissues that are free of gum diseases.

Be sure to let your dental specialist know everything about your medical conditions as well as the medications (prescribed, OTCs and herbal drugs) you’re taking. Together, you and your dentist can work out the perfect treatment for you.

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Bridge Or Implant: Which Is Best For You?

A dental bridge or implant are two options your dentist may suggest to you to replace a missing tooth, and each option has its advantages. Before you make a decision, read on to learn the differences between the two and discover which one may be best for you.

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DENTAL BRIDGES AND IMPLANTS

Dental bridges and implants are constructed differently. A bridge is made of a false tooth suspended between two crowns that the dentist cements onto prepared natural teeth on either side. An implant is a false tooth that’s attached to a titanium post the periodontist or oral surgeon has inserted in the jaw bone. The false teeth and crowns in bridges and the false teeth in implants are matched to the color of the surrounding teeth, but, even so, a bridge may be slightly more noticeable. Unlike an implant, the false tooth of a bridge isn’t embedded in the gum.

RESTORING A SMILE

The location of the missing tooth is important when deciding between a bridge or implant as a replacement. If you choose a bridge to replace a tooth toward the back of the mouth, it won’t be visible when you smile. However, if the bridge is to replace a missing tooth at the front of your mouth, the effect may not look natural. The American Dental Association recommends implants for restoring a natural, attractive smile that looks like it’s always has been that way.

OTHER ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS

Implants also help prevent the jaw bone from deteriorating, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. When teeth fall out or are extracted, the jaw bone shrinks over time and changes the face’s appearance and smile. An implant is embedded in the jaw bone, and using the new tooth to bite and chew stimulates the bone, helping to prevent it from shrinking. However, the false tooth in a dental bridge doesn’t contact the jaw bone, so there may be bone loss.

TIME AND COST CONSIDERATIONS

When choosing between a bridge or implant, time and cost may be important to you. Your dentist can provide a bridge over two visits within a few weeks, but if you opt for an implant the waiting time is longer — it takes three to six months for the jaw bone to grow around the titanium post of the implant. On the other hand, a dental bridge may be better for your budget.

MAINTENANCE

Both bridges and implants should be cared for similarly, so they’re comparable in that regard. For example, brush them twice a day with toothpaste to keep them stain-free.

Needs vary from patient to patient when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. Your dentist can help you decide the best option for you. Whether you choose a bridge or implant, you can restore your happy, confident smile.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Smile

Full Mouth Dental Implants: 4 Ways We Improve Your Smile

If you’re missing one or more teeth, your dentist may suggest a couple of different solutions. Inexpensive bridges and dentures are options that will help you leave behind the discomfort or embarrassment of missing teeth. Another recommendation your dentist may make is full mouth dental implants. Though pricey, implants offer distinct advantages over other treatments, especially when compared to dentures. Understanding these benefits can help you make an educated decision and get back your bright smile full of healthy teeth.

4 Ways to Improve Your Smile1. A PERMANENT SOLUTION

Unlike dentures, which are designed to be removed each day, or bridges and crowns that will require regular maintenance and replacement, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Full mouth dental implants are placed by a periodontist, who attaches implants (they look like small screws) directly into the jaw bone. Crowns are then attached to the implants for a secure, natural-looking fit and result. A full set of implants is custom-created for your mouth and can be placed as one bar of teeth to fill in your smile when you are missing more than a couple of teeth. Because they’re permanent, you’ll never have to use adhesive or remove your implants.

2. COMFORT AND STABILITY

Another reason to opt for dental implants is for their stability and comfort. Dentures attach using a framework and metal clasps to teeth and usually fit nicely to the teeth they are attached too. Implants, on the other hand, are securely attached to the jaw bone, so you won’t have to worry about stability. The comfort level of implants makes it a natural choice for a full set of teeth or as a long-term solution to damaged, diseased or missing teeth.

3. BETTER BONES

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) points out that when it comes to bone and dental health, full mouth dental implants are vastly superior to dentures. The AAP warns that dentures can cause bone deterioration, which can lead to the collapsed mouth or recessed jaw bone sometimes indicative of a denture’s-wearer. In contrast, dental implants actually integrate into the jawbone, preserving bone health and the overall look of your smile.

4. EASIER MAINTENANCE

Dental implants could be described as “set it and forget it.” Because they attach permanently to the bone, you don’t need to remove them for cleaning, and it’s unlikely that you’ll need maintenance and repairs down the road. Instead, you can care for them as you would your natural teeth, which means brushing at least twice a day with a silica toothpaste, daily flossing and regular checkups with your dentist.

Because implants function so much like your own smile, you can relax knowing that your teeth are intact. Talk to your periodontist about your options to decide if full mouth dental implants are the right choice for you. While it’s true that dental implants are typically more expensive than dentures, the comfort and confidence they offer can be truly priceless.

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Dental Implants

Dental Implant

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Dental Implant

A dental implant looks and feels like a real tooth, but it is actually a titanium model made to look like a real tooth.

It is inserted into your jaw and held in place with an artificial root. The titanium is biocompatible with your jaw bone, which means that it fuses (This is what we call the osseointegration phase).

These implants act to stabilize the jaw, which helps to prevent bone loss and keep the jaw’s shape.

Implants, unlike dentures, never come out of your mouth – which allows your mouth to get used to them, so they are more comfortable. Eating and talking will be easier because there isn’t any messy cement or pesky wires, which will naturally eliminate gagging, poor alignment, and the dreaded sore spots.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

Dental Implant

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.

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Dental Bridge Vs. Implant

Dental Bridge Vs. Implant: Which Is Better?

Teeth replacements have come a long way in the last 30 years. Missing or extracted teeth raise common concerns of infection, but the proper replacement is the key to a confident smile. Today, however, the questions you need to ask your dentist or prosthodontist are a bit different: What’s the difference between a dental bridge vs. implant? Which treatment option is right for me? Very often the dental implant is ideal, but numerous factors will need to be considered first, including if your tooth loss is recent or happened years ago.

PRACTICAL REASONS FOR BOTH

In the past, a bridge was your only choice, and still involves more than just the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth need to be “prepped” by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge. With dental implants, however, the dentist replaces just the individual tooth for a result that is stronger and permanent. Nonetheless, a dental bridge may be your best option if the neighboring teeth have large fillings and need crowns or caps in the future. And if the tooth or teeth have been lost for a long time, the gum and bone will have receded and procedures beyond the implant are required before placement. The advantages and disadvantages to both procedures can ultimately be discussed with your dentist.

DURABILITY

Dental implants are more durable than bridges, allowing them to provide protection that lasts a lifetime. The implant’s metal cylinder is normally made of titanium, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and this material fuses with your jawbone naturally through a process called osseointegration. Because it’s made of such a strong metal, they are very resistant to decay and gum problems. The average life of a dental bridge, on the other hand, is approximately 10 years. A portion of your natural tooth remains beneath it and normal wear may cause the bridge to fail more easily over time. In general, the remaining tooth structure continues to be susceptible to decay and gum disease.

AESTHETICS

What about aesthetics? There isn’t always a simple answer, but your dentist or prosthodontist – the latter specializes in crown, implants and bridges – will be able to advise you. Often the implant will provide the most pleasing result, as your dentist can make the final tooth look just like your natural enamel. Sometimes, an implant can be placed immediately after a tooth extraction, preserving the natural level of bone and improving the final appearance of the dental work.

DENTAL BRIDGE VS. IMPLANT COST

The cost of the dental bridge is initially less, but it may need to be replaced at some point in the future. Implants – from preparation to final placement – may seem more expensive, but over time can be more cost-effective. Fortunately, most dental insurance providers are paying for a portion of or all of the steps involved. In addition, implant treatment can be more flexible, allowing patients to budget the cost in increments. After extraction, for example, a bone graft is sometimes needed. This graft typically has to heal for several months before implant placement, at which point osseointegration can take anywhere from three to six months before the process is complete.

So, dental bridge vs. implant? Make this decision after consulting with your dentist. He or she knows your mouth best and has the tools and knowledge to guide you through what’s best for it. Although bridges are an older procedure, dental implants have become more commonplace over the years, and in most cases are the preferable treatment both in time and expense.

Dental Bridge Vs. Implant

Dental Bridge Vs. Implant

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Esthetic, functional, predictable, reliable
  • Does not affect adjacent teeth
  • Does not decay
  • Less likely to develop gum disease

Disadvantages of Dental Implants

  • More expensive
  • More planning time
  • Requires minor surgery
  • Requires healing time before permanent tooth replacement

Advantages of Bridges

  • Esthetic, functional, predictable, reliable
  • Less costly
  • Requires less time for final result

Disadvantages of Bridges

  • Requires enamel removal of adjacent teeth
  • If adjacent teeth have crowns, they must be redone
  • Tooth decay is potential problem
  • Root canal treatment may be required if nerves are affected
  • Greater tendency for gum disease
  • Less longevity than implants
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