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Dental and Jaw Implants: What You Need to Know

Were you aware that the absence of teeth could significantly impact your smile and your capacity to chew and speak effectively? That’s why it is significant to consider the replacement of any missing teeth for both aesthetic appeal and functional reasons.

Potential solutions for the restoration of teeth and jaw include dental and jaw implants. But which of these two solutions is for you? Let’s unravel the basics of dental and jaw implants, empowering you to make a well-informed decision.

What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are medical devices surgically inserted into the jaw to restore a person’s ability to chew or their appearance. They stabilise artificial teeth components like crowns, bridges, or dentures. 

A dental implant is made of titanium or zirconium oxide, following international safety standards. These substances in modern implants are made of biocompatible material, meaning they are safe for the body and can integrate seamlessly with the jaw bone.

Dental implants garner popularity among many patients because of their durability and ability to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

What Are Jaw Implants?

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Jaw implants serve as a type of artificial prosthetic that reconstruct parts of the jaw that may have been damaged or lost due to injury, disease, or congenital conditions. They are commonly used in facial reconstruction surgeries that aim to alter the shape and appearance of the jawline to enhance facial features and achieve balance. 

The types of jaw implants commonly used include silicone and polyethylene implants, with silicone being soft, smooth, and flexible while polyethylene implants are hard and porous. 

Comparing Dental Implants and Jaw Implants

Now that you know the two treatment options to replace a missing tooth, let’s explore their similarities and differences to help you decide which option may be best for you. We’ll compare and contrast their benefits, purpose, and procedure.

Benefits

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Dental implants serve as replacement teeth for a missing tooth with an artificial tooth root anchored to the jaw bone. With the stability it offers to the jaw structure, dental implants offer to provide a stable base for replacement teeth to prevent bone loss. 

Dental implants work similarly to natural roots, which transmit bite forces into the jaw and gum tissue and encourage bone growth. It also allows for even distribution of biting force and improving chewing function.

On the other hand, jaw implants can slow or prevent jawbone resorption, maintaining youthful facial contours. Cosmetically, it can correct jaw structure, enhancing facial symmetry.

Jaw implants can support dental prosthetics by providing a stable base for attaching and supporting artificial teeth. It can also stop the progression of tooth loss, preventing further damage to the smile and facial structure.

Purpose

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While dental and jaw implants serve distinctly different functions, they share the same goal of restoring a patient’s oral health and function.

Dental implant treatments are primarily focused on replacing individual missing teeth, directly tackling the issue of tooth loss with a permanent solution that mimics natural teeth structure, from root to crown. Their purpose is not just cosmetic; they’re instrumental in preserving the jawbone and preventing the shifting of surrounding teeth, thus maintaining the integrity of the patient’s bite and oral health.

Jaw implants are designed with the broader perspective of reinforcing the strength and shape of the jawline. They’re particularly beneficial for patients experiencing bone loss or those looking to correct issues related to their jaw structure. The goal here extends beyond oral health; it’s also about restoring confidence through enhanced facial symmetry and aesthetics.

Procedure

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Dental implants and jaw implant placement involve a surgical procedure.

Implantation of a dental implant fixture begins with an initial consultation, where you meet with your dental surgeon to discuss goals and needs. You will also undergo an examination to assess if you are a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment. If so, impressions are to be made to create customised dental prostheses.

During the dental implant surgery, implants are inserted into your jawbone, and a temporary cap is attached. Extractions or bone grafting are done beforehand if necessary. After several months, implants will bond to your jawbone, a process called Osseointegration, to create a strong base for the new teethThen, a permanent crown, bridge, or denture is attached.

Receiving jaw implants includes pre-surgical assessments, the surgical process, and post-operative care. A surgeon will assess your suitability for a jaw implant and have a 3D CT scan to customise a jaw implant that fits your facial shape.

A plastic, oral or maxillofacial surgeon will administer general anaesthesia during surgery. The silicone implant is then surgically planted to enhance the jawline. The whole procedure usually takes two hours.

What to Expect Before Surgery

Before implant treatment surgery, certain things should be done in preparation for these procedures.

You should follow your dentist or oral surgeon’s instructions regarding fasting before the surgery, generally not eating for a few hours. You should have good oral hygiene and gum health with sufficient bone mass.

Also, you must have a strong jaw for the implant surgery. Jaw examinations will be performed before starting the implant process. If there isn’t enough bone tissue when Osseointegration starts (after surgery), the implant will not be fixed in place properly, with a risk of failing in the future.

Recovery and Aftercare

Knowing post-operative care for dental and jaw implants is as important as knowing what to expect before surgery. You must remember that dental implants are considered minor surgeries, but they still require some time to recover. You must follow your surgeon’s instructions and properly care for the surgical site.

Initially, stick to a liquid or soft diet for the first 24 hours and then advance your diet slowly, avoiding hard, crunchy, or spicy foods. 

Healing time varies, but the implant typically takes several months to fully fuse with the jawbone. Most patients feel better after a few days and can return to normal activities. Until then, you should avoid strenuous activity (at least for two weeks).

Do not forget to schedule dental checkups to ensure the health of your implants.

Choosing the Right Implant for You

At Casa Dental, we understand the weight of this decision and are committed to guiding you through every step of the process. Our team will take a personal, patient-centred approach, beginning with a thorough consultation to understand your unique dental history, current needs, and future goals.

After evaluating your case, we will present you with various implant options, discussing the advantages and potential downsides of each, ensuring you have all the necessary information to make an informed decision.

Conclusion

Deciding between dental or jaw implants is a significant step towards reclaiming not only the functionality of your mouth but also your confidence and quality of life. This article has covered their basics—from their purpose, procedures, and what to expect before surgery to recovery and aftercare, aiming to equip you with a foundational understanding.

However, the uniqueness of each individual’s dental architecture and needs necessitates a professional consultation. Exploring your options under the guidance of a skilled dentist is essential.

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