Dental Implants 101

“Patients don’t want implants, they want teeth. That’s why we’re more than an implant center”
~ Jon Germany, DMD Mississippi Dental Implant Dentist

If you suffer from missing or failing teeth, you probably already know that there are a variety of treatment options available. Of all the available options, dental implants offer the best permanent, and cost effective solution for missing teeth. They are made with medical-grade titanium, which will fuse with the jawbone to provide a tooth that feels completely natural. The Dental implants that we offer at our Brandon Mississippi office the feel and function of natural teeth and can last a lifetime.
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WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

    Dental Implants consist of three parts:
  • The post is a screw made from medical-grade titanium that is inserted into the jawbone and serves as the root to the new tooth. Medical-grade titanium will not corrode and has properties that allow it to permanently fuse with human bone.
  • The abutment holds the post and crown together, creating a connection that is strong and permanent, but removable by a doctor should it be required. The abutment reinforces the post and the crown making them stronger than they would be alone.
  • The crown is the part of the tooth that you actually see. It is made of porcelain and is customizable to each individual. The porcelain is also very strong, providing the ability to eat even harder foods, like apples.

DENTAL IMPLANT OPTIONS

Partials
When several teeth are missing, dental implants can be used in conjunction with a bridge to offer a strong, permanent and natural feeling solution. Several teeth can be replaced with the use of only two implants. The medical-grade titanium implants are inserted into the jawbone where they will fuse with the bone. A bridge is anchored to the implants, which are strong enough to support several teeth when they are anchored together. This is less expensive than using an implant for each missing tooth. This solution is permanent and looks, feels and functions like natural teeth.

Single Tooth
Dental implants are simply the best solution for a single missing tooth. A medical-grade titanium dental implant is simply inserted into the jawbone in the space where the missing tooth was to serve as the root for your new tooth. A small post, called an abutment is attached to the implant and the replacement tooth is cemented on top. An implant will look and function like a natural tooth.

A dental implant can replace a single missing tooth with none of the disadvantages of bridges or dentures. There is no grinding or wearing down of the adjacent teeth. No metal clasps or plastic on the roof of your mouth as you would get with removable partial dentures. It is better and easier to care for in terms of hygiene and also prevents bone loss in the jaw.

WHY GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Missing teeth not only cause problems with aesthetics, they can also cause serious health concerns. Missing teeth can result in a loss of bone density in the supporting jaw. We don’t want our patients to go without teeth or damaged teeth. Thats why our dental implant dentist, Dr. Jon Germany takes the time for his patients in his home state of Mississippi. Missing teeth can have devastating effects on oral health, including leading to the loss of more teeth. Missing teeth also leave behind gaps, which can result in other teeth drifting, or moving out of place. This affects a person’s bite and the way their jaw closes, which in turn, can lead to chronic pain in the jaw joint (TMJ). There is also a risk of malnutrition. When teeth are lost, it becomes more difficult to chew and eat, especially raw fruits and vegetables. This can lead to malnutrition.

Dental implants can address all of these problems. They can not only fill in the gaps and allow for normal chewing function, they also prevent bone loss. Made from medical-grade titanium, the implants will actually fuse with the jawbone, stabilizing and stimulating it to maintain its density.

STOP STRUGGLING WITH PARTIALS AND DENTURES!

Fixed Bridges (Non-Removable)
When several teeth are missing, dental implants can be used in conjunction with a bridge to offer a strong, permanent and natural feeling solution. Several teeth can be replaced with the use of only two implants. The medical-grade titanium implants are inserted into the jawbone where they will fuse with the bone. A bridge is anchored to the implants, which are strong enough to support several teeth when they are anchored together. This is less expensive than using an implant for each missing tooth. This solution is permanent and looks, feels and functions like natural teeth.

Bridges/Partials (Removable)

Removable partial dentures that are supported by implants can be used when there are many missing teeth. The teeth can be replaced using a minimum number of implants, lowering the cost. This method doesn’t require any of the metal clasps associated with partial dentures, thus preserving the remaining natural teeth.

 

 

Implant Dentures (Removable)

Implants can be used in conjunction with removable dentures to solve some of the problems often encountered by denture wearers. Tradition upper dentures cover palate of the mouth significantly affecting the person’s ability to feel or taste foods. The biggest problem encountered with tradition lower dentures is that there is no suction to hold them in place, so they are constantly moving and pressing on the gums. Two implants under the lower denture are all that is needed to solve this problem.
Implants improve the patient’s ability to chew and allow them to bite harder with no discomfort. They also eliminate the need for messy adhesives.

 

Implant Dentures (Non-Removable)

The Germany Implant Bridge (GIB) is Dr. Germany’s custom dental solution, taken from the concept of the Prettau Bridge. A Prettau Bridge provides a permanent dental solution by replacing a full arch of missing teeth with an implant anchored dental bridge that creates a natural look and feel, while providing proper function once again. The difference is in the use of high-quality Zirconia, also known as “white steel”, which is as strong or stronger than most metal restorations. Because of its reliable strength, Zirconia is known for its versatility and resistance to fracturing or chipping. Along with its superior structural integrity, Zirconia gives dentists the tool to finally create a natural look and feel that is aesthetically pleasing, highly functional and permanent! This new material is truly revolutionizing dental restorations!

Mini Implants
Mini implants are similar to regular implants, only smaller. They can be used when bone width is not adequate to support standard sized implants. Mini implants can be placed through the gums with no incision making them minimally invasive and offering immediate results. They can be used to support dentures and crowns.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER GETTING IMPLANTS

After receiving implants, we will give you a thorough explanation of what to expect and how to care for your new teeth. Immediately following your procedure you will be required to reduce your physical activities for a few days to minimize swelling. You should be able to resume normal activities in 2 or 3 days. You will also want to sleep with you head slightly elevated and be sure to take any antibiotics or pain medications prescribed to you to ensure your comfort and prevent infection.

Your food intake will be limited for a few days but you should be sure to stay well hydrated. Avoid using a straw, however, as the sucking motion can dislodge the healing blood clot and cause bleeding. Soft foods and liquids are okay on the day of surgery. Cold foods can help soothe any discomfort. Things such as milkshakes, yogurt, Jell-O, pudding, or applesauce are good options. You can move on to normal foods as you feel able but avoid crunchy foods such as potato chips or popcorn and anything with small seeds such as breads with poppy seeds or strawberries until the gum tissue has healed.

It is also very important to practice good oral hygiene in order to promote good healing. You should brush your teeth gently during healing. Do not use an electronic toothbrush or WaterPik, as the vibration can loosen the implant during the healing stage. Once healing is complete, you can resume using these devices. You should also use a chlorhexidine (Peridex) mouth rinse or a 50/50 mix of peroxide and water three times a day to keep your mouth clean.

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