what are dental implants
Dental implants are metallic cylinders, made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jaw bone where the original teeth once existed. This root like cylinder acts as an artificial root allowing a crown or bridge to be placed on top of it just as if it were a natural remaining root and tooth.
The use of dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, unlike conventional crown and bridge work, does not involve the weakening of adjacent teeth by the removal of large amounts of tooth structure. Since the adjacent teeth are not involved in the provision of dental implants, additional stresses, which otherwise would have been placed on these adjoining teeth, are avoided and restorations last longer.
At Dentistry of Nashville, we place and restore Nobel Biocare®, Zimmer TSV®, and Imtek MDI® dental implant systems. These are all leaders in their field, complementing each other and enabling us to tailor dental implant treatment to the needs of each individual patient. Most patients who are treated with any of these systems can expect life long replacements for their missing teeth.
mini and midi implants
On average these implants cost just over half the price of conventional implants and they may, therefore, be an option for those patients who have previously discounted the idea of implants due to cost. These implants may only be used in certain circumstances and when a tooth or teeth requiring replacement have been missing for at least 6 months and the site is fully healed.
There are 2 main advantages to this design:
1) No surgery is required to place these implants. Once the area is anesthetised (numb), a small pilot hole is drilled straight through the soft tissue and into the bone - no cutting of the tissue is required and, therefore, no sutures are required either. The implant is then screwed into place making the procedure very quick and almost painless. 50% of our patients who are treat in this way do not need to take any painkillers after the implant is placed.
2) The type of thread on the implant allows for a very tight union between the implant and the bone thus allowing teeth to be fitted immediately. Also, because of its taper, the implant expands the available bone and, in many cases, allows implants to be placed in a reduced volume of bone without having to go through separate bone augmentation procedures.
3) Mini and midi implants can be used to support both teeth and dentures.
For more information on Zimmer implants click: http://www.zimmerdental.com/im_overView.aspx
For more information on Nobel implants click: http://www1.nobelbiocare.com/en/implants-and-abutments/products/nobelreplace/nobelreplace.aspx
For more information click on mini implants click: http://www.imtec.com/implants/products_MDI.php