Franklin Park Dental Associates, Ltd.
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You Must Have A Screw Loose In Your Head by Dr. Pietrini
When I was growing up if you did something foolish, someone would often remark "you must have a screw loose in your head." Surgical screw-type devices are commonly used in dentistry for a number of different procedures like repairing fracture bones, as posts in teeth, which have had root canal treatment, and for dental implants. Fortunately, when these screw-type appliances are used they remain firmly in place.

In 1962 thirty-five percent of people over sixty had lost all of their teeth due to decay or periodontal disease. By 1985 only fifteen percent of this age group were without teeth. With the advent of preventive dentistry, fewer teeth are being removed than in previous years; however, there are still millions of people with some or all of their teeth missing. Since the average life expectancy today is over eighty, an increasing number of patients are seeking treatment for permanent replacement of their teeth. The option that many of them are choosing is dental implants.

While many dental implants were placed in the 1960's and 1970's, it wasn't until the 1980's that advancement in technology and research made this treatment safer and more successful for patients. If implants are properly placed, the ten-year success rate is over 97 percent.

What are dental implants and how do they work?
There are two stages of treatment in placing dental implants. The surgical stage involves imbedding the implant in healthy bone, which may take 2-3 visits to complete. If there is inadequate bone present, the patient might require a bone grafting procedure first. Then after several months healing a cylindrical-shaped device is threaded into the bone. The surgeon allows the gum tissue to heal over this area while new bone grows in around the implant during the next 4-6 months. When healing is complete, a minor surgical procedure is performed to uncover the top of the implant. A metal healing cap is threaded into the implant and the gum is allowed to heal for about a month. The second stage of the treatment is called the restorative stage. Your dentist will unthread the healing cap and tread a metal post into the hollow center of the implant. This abutment will serve to hold a crown, fixed or removable partial denture or a complete denture.

When a single tooth is being replaced, the dentist takes an impression of the area and sends it to the laboratory for a crown to be made. When more than one tooth needs to be replaced, several choices are available. They can be replaced as individual abutments with crowns or the abutments can be spaced throughout the area where the teeth are missing and your dentist can attach a permanent (fixed) bridge. When most or all of the teeth are missing, a special connecting bar can be attached to the abutments and a removable bridge or complete denture can be made, which will snap onto the bar to hold the appliance firmly in place.

If you have one or more teeth missing, contact your dentist to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.

 

 

 

 

 

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