Everything you need
to know about dental implants

A dental implant is an artificial root placed in the jaw to hold one or several replacement teeth.

This is an ideal solution in most cases when a patient has lost one or several teeth. An implant provides support for the new tooth without having to rely on the neighbouring teeth. Dental implants look very natural, which gives you back the confidence to smile and eat without any restrictions. Dental implants also help to maintain facial structure and to prevent bone resorption that occurs when teeth are missing.

Implant surgery

A preoperative clinical and radiological exam allows your surgeon and restorative dentist to determine the best course of treatment to restore your missing teeth.

Most implant surgeries are performed under local anesthesia. For more extensive cases, your surgeon might recommend a sedation technique to enhance your comfort.

Pain and discomfort after surgery are minimal and well controlled with medication. Most patients resume normal activities within a few days after surgery.

A healing period of 3 to 6 months

In most cases, a healing period of 3 to 6 months is recommended before the final tooth replacement is placed on the implant. However, you can have a temporary tooth or temporary teeth during the entire process so you can have a normal diet.

Types of prostheses

A single crown can replace one tooth. If you are missing two or more teeth, a partial prosthesis or a fixed bridge can be used on two or more implants.

If the patient is missing all his or her teeth, then a complete dental prosthesis (denture) is placed on several implants to replace the missing teeth. The number of implants required depends on which type of prosthesis (removable or fixed) will be recommended. A removable denture is attached to a bar or a ball-in-socket attachments, whereas a fixed denture can only be removed by the dentist.

 

Candidates for implants

A clinical oral exam and a review of your medical history are necessary before considering dental implants. In some cases, bone augmentation is recommended before implant placement can take place.

What are zygomatics implants?

Zygomatics implants are used in the upper jaw when there is insufficient bone to support conventional implants. They provide an excellent support for fixed teeth when there is severe bone loss in the upper jaw.

The loss of bone is a natural phenomenon that occurs after the extraction of teeth and becomes more severe over time due to wearing of denture.

Patients with advanced atrophy in the jaw may not have the minimum bone volume required to place ordinary dental implants. Zygomatic implants are longer than ordinary implants and are anchored in the cheek bone (zygomatic bone) to provide support for a fixed prosthesis.

Zygomatics implants serves as a great alternative to more complex bone grafting procedure, thus, maximizing patients comfort, shortening treatment time and allowing a fast recovery.

When zygomatics implants are used, Dr Pertick uses a computer program for virtual planning of the procedure prior to the actual surgery. This program allows Dr Pertick to determine the optimal placement of the implants maximizing function for patients.