What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots. They are placed in bone structure and Integrated with natural bone. They provide a permanent base for replacement teeth.
The most common type of implant is called an Endosteal implant. It involves an artificial root that is placed in the jawbone. Since this is seen as the best type of dental implant, it’s the only type we use at Hampden Dental Loft.
Parts of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made up of two parts. The implant itself is the screw that goes into the bone. The connector or also known as an abutment is what connects to the crown, implant, or denture itself.
Why do I Need a Dental Implant?
A prerequisite to getting a crown, bridge, or dental implant may be getting an implant first.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
To be a candidate for a dental implant the following are prerequisites:
- Healthy gums
- Adequate bone structure (or a candidate for bone grafting)
- No medical conditions that would compromise bone health. For example, if you have uncontrolled diabetes or osteoporosis, you are often not a candidate for dental implants.
Also known as same day implants, these implants are placed the same time the tooth is extracted. We typically do implants on the same day. The exception would be when bone grafts are needed. Under this circumstance we need to wait about 4-6 months to place the implant after the bone graft is completed.
Full Arch Implants
When using implants to secure a bridge or denture it’s referred as a “full arch implant” Regarding dentures, we typically advise using implants to secure dentures as opposed to other methods.
What are the Methods to Connect Implants to Dentures?
Also known as “Screw-retained” denture implants these are the most secure way to attach dentures. With this method the denture will screw into the implants and they will never move.
This is considered a hybrid method of securing a denture in place. With this method there is a suction cup device on the implant, and it will hold the denture in place. This is more secure than the “snap in” method and the dentures are removable.
As the name implies, with this type of implants the dentures will snap in and out of the implants. Although there are some advantages with this method, we typically recommend the screws in or friction fit method.
Does Getting a Dental Implant Hurt?
When getting an implant, we use a local anesthetic to allow for a pain free experience. With the shot you may feel a pinch which will be somewhat uncomfortable. However, after the shot you shouldn’t feel anything, and it should be a pain free experience.
After the procedure there may be slight soreness and sensitivity. Luckily, this is temporary and won’t last long. As a precaution, ibuprofen can be taken after the procedure.
Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure for getting a dental implant depends on if a bone graft is needed.
If no Bone Graft is Needed
- Your mouth is scanned with an iTero scanner
- If necessary, a tooth/tooth is extracted
- Implant is placed on the same day
If a Bone Graft is Needed:
This process is very similar except there is a bone graft prior to placing the dental implant. It will take about 4-6 months until the implant can be placed for the bone to regenerate.
What Materials are Used in an Implant?
Dental implants are made from medical grade titanium. It’s an extremely durable, lightweight, and resists corrosion.
How Long do Implants Last?
Implants will last a lifetime.
How to Care for Your Implant
If your implant is attached to a crown, we suggest taking care of it just like you would with natural teeth. However, if your implant is attached to a bridge or denture it’s best to use a water pick and bridge flosser.
What technology do we use for placing implants in our Greenwood Village office?
First we use an iTero scanner to generate a 3D image of your mouth. This will help us design the crown, bridge, or dentures. In addition, it will also determine the exact placement of the implant itself.
For certain types of implants we will create a guide using our 3D printer. After the guide is created, we can place it on the patient’s gum, and it will allow us to put the implant in precisely the correct spot.
Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?
Yes, dental implants are often covered by insurance at 50%.
Why get a Dental Implant at Hampden Dental Loft?
At Hampden Dental Loft we have a lot of technology that not only increases your convenience, but also ensures high quality results. It’s rare to find a dental practice in Greenwood Village loaded with as much cutting-edge technology that we have. Examples of how our technology helps patients include:
- We have a 3D printer that prints guide for placing implants.
- Our iTero scanner creates a 3D image of your mouth. This is extremely accurate and doesn’t involve gummy impression material.
- Not only can we do same day implants, but we can also do same day crowns and bridges as we have a CEREC machine.
Your Greenwood Village Dental Implant Specialist
Dr. Cha is extremely skilled and has extensive experience placing implants. He has successfully placed implants on many patients and would love to guide you through the process.