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What are Dental Implants and Permanent Teeth Replacement?

Oct 30, 2023
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Dental implants are a surgical procedure to replace missing teeth with artificial tooth roots made of titanium or other materials. They are designed to mimic the natural tooth root, with a metal post inserted into the jawbone to support the replacement tooth.  

Dental implants are considered a permanent solution and have a high success rate. They are different from removable dentures or dental bridges, as they do not rely on nearby teeth for support. Proper care and oral hygiene are crucial to maintaining the health of the implant and gum tissue.  

These periodontal implants can be used to replace as few as one tooth or you can elect to replace multiple teeth, or even a full set of teeth. You may have heard this referred to as “Teeth in a Day”, “Smile in a Day”, or “4-on-4" implants. The healing process and implant placement may vary based on the patient's medical conditions and treatment plan.  

In this post, we will take a deeper look at implants and permanent teeth replacement, to help you better understand if the smile-in-a-day procedure is right for you.  


Type of Dental Implants Used in Teeth in a Day Procedures 

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots designed to replace missing natural teeth. They are inserted into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone to create a stable base for a dental prosthetic. Implants have become increasingly popular as they offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. 

Dr. Bonomo offers Endosteal implants for Smile in a Day procedures. These implants are placed directly into the jawbone and are typically made of titanium and shaped like small screws. Endosteal implants are perfect for a single tooth or several teeth and are often used for patients with removable dentures. 

The Smile in a Day procedure with Endosteal implants not only improves the look of your smile but also aids in restoring oral health. It is essential to schedule regular checkups with your oral surgeon and practice good oral hygiene habits to ensure the success of dental implant placement. 


Benefits of Dental Implants 

Dental implants, or “teeth in a day” procedures, offer numerous benefits for individuals with missing teeth or people just wanting a new smile.

First, they provide a long-lasting and durable solution, as they are designed to fuse with the jawbone, creating a stable and strong foundation for replacement teeth. This stability allows for comfortable chewing and speaking without worrying about dentures slipping or moving. 

Second, the smile-in-a-day procedure helps maintain the natural shape of the face by preventing bone loss that can occur with missing teeth. 

Third, the Teeth in a Day procedure removes all the teeth so diseased or decaying teeth are gone after the procedure and any existing disease will not spread.  


Improved Appearance 

When teeth are lost or damaged, the appearance of a person's face is greatly affected. Often those with missing teeth will notice that their cheeks are sunken, which can impact their self-esteem. Additionally, people with missing or damaged teeth may notice tooth loss or jawbone loss, which can also alter the shape and appearance of the face. 

Dental implants help prevent this bone loss by stimulating the jawbone through the process of osseointegration, where the implant fuses with the bone. This helps maintain the natural shape and contours of the face, contributing to a more youthful appearance. 

Additionally, Teeth in a Day are custom-made to look totally natural. They look and work just like real teeth so you can be confident in your smile and oral health, no matter what.  


Improved Speech 

Our teeth and jaws play a huge role in the clarity and quality of our speech. When teeth are lost, especially in the front region of the mouth, it can affect speech clarity and pronunciation. The tongue and lips rely on the support of teeth to properly form sounds and articulate words. 

4-on-4 implants provide a stable and secure foundation for replacement teeth. By anchoring the prosthetic teeth firmly in the jawbone, concerns of slippage or movement that are common with removable dentures are eliminated. This stability allows for better control of the tongue and lips during speech, resulting in improved articulation and clearer pronunciation. 


Comfort and Durability 

The Smile in a Day procedure can vastly improve the comfort of your mouth and they boast superior durability over other solutions like dentures. 

Dental implants are specifically created to replicate natural teeth in terms of use and appearance. They are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration. This integration creates a strong and stable foundation for the replacement teeth. As a result, they feel and work just like natural teeth, providing a high level of comfort. 

Due to the fusion of the implant with the jawbone, they become a permanent part of the oral structure. This integration creates a strong and sturdy support for the replacement teeth, allowing them to withstand normal biting and chewing forces. With proper care and oral hygiene, 4-on-4 implants have the potential to last a lifetime. 


Easier Eating and Improved Oral Health 

Dental implants also provide the benefit of easier eating and improved oral health.

Since they replace real teeth, dental implants make chewing and swallowing much easier and more efficient. They provide a stable and secure foundation for replacement teeth, allowing individuals to regain their ability to chew and bite with confidence. Unlike removable dentures that may slip or move during eating, these are firmly anchored in the jawbone, providing a stable chewing surface. This stability enables individuals to enjoy a wide variety of foods, including crunchy and tough textures, without discomfort or limitations. 

Dental implants also have a positive impact on oral health in several ways. Firstly, they help prevent bone loss in the jaw. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone may begin to deteriorate over time. They can stimulate the jawbone through the process of osseointegration, preventing bone loss and maintaining bone density. This helps preserve the natural facial structure and prevents the sunken appearance that can occur with missing teeth. 


Is the Smile-In-A-Day Procedure Right for Me? 

Many different people can be candidates for the dental implant or Teeth in a Day procedure. However, those who are ideal candidates often have multiple teeth damaged or missing or have decreased quality of life due to damaged teeth or jaw bones. 

Below we will look at some of the guidelines for those who may need dental implants. 


General Health Requirements 

To be a candidate for dental implants, individuals generally need to meet certain health requirements. While it is essential to consult with a dental professional for a thorough evaluation, here are some general health requirements: 


  1. Overall Good Health: Dental implant candidates should generally be in good overall health. Conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune disorders, or untreated periodontal disease can affect the success of dental implant treatment. It is important to discuss any existing medical conditions or medications with the dental professional to assess their impact on the implant procedure.

  2. No Uncontrolled Habits: Habits like smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can affect the healing process and success of dental implants. Smoking can hinder the integration of the implant with the jawbone and increase the risk of complications. It is advisable to quit smoking or reduce alcohol consumption before undergoing dental implant treatment.

  3. Commitment to Oral Hygiene: Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial for the long-term success of dental implants. Candidates should be committed to practicing good oral hygiene habits, including regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. 


Adequate Bone Structure in the Jawbone or Gums 


In addition to general health requirements, candidates must have adequate bone structure in the jawbone and gums. 

The Smile in a Day procedure requires a certain amount of jawbone for successful placement. The jawbone needs to be strong and have adequate height and width to provide a stable foundation for the implant. In cases where the jawbone has deteriorated due to tooth loss or other factors, bone grafting may be considered to augment the bone density. 

Additionally, good oral health is crucial for dental implant candidacy. The gums should be healthy, free from active gum disease (periodontal disease), and free from infections. Any existing gum disease or oral infections should be treated and brought under control before considering dental implants. 


Bonomo Periodontics: Your Dental Implants Experts 


At Bonomo Periodontics, our goals go far beyond helping our patients get a dazzling smile, in a day! When you work with us on your periodontics needs, we help you reclaim your oral health. Dental implants can help you improve your eating, regain your appearance, and get the teeth you have always wanted.

If you have been wondering if a Teeth in a Day procedure is right for you, then it is time to reach out to Bonomo Periodontics.

Dr. Bonomo can help you determine if dental implants are right for you and help you discover a path to better oral health.

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