Aesthetic Dental of Barbados
Dental Implants in Barbados
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial, replacement tooth roots that are placed in or on the jaw so as to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants can be used as an option in cases when a tooth or teeth has been lost as a result of injury, periodontal disease, etc.
What are the types of dental Implants available?
There are 2 kinds of dental implants presently available. These include:-
- Endosteal (in the bone): One or more prosthetic teeth are held in the jawbones through surgically placed screws, cylinders or blades. This is the most common dental implant procedure; the same process is generally used for patients with bridges and removable dentures as an alternative.
- Subperiosteal (on the bone): A metal framework is placed on top of the jaw, while the prostheses are held by the framework's posts that are protruding through the gum. This type of implant is used in selective cases when, for example, patients are unable to wear conventional dentures or may have minimal bone height.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?
Advantages of dental implants include:
- Improved facial appearance: Dental implants feel and look like real, natural teeth. In addition, because they are fused with the bone, they are permanent.
- Preventative measure: Dental implants can prevent the loss of bone and gum recession that usually occurs when bridges and dentures are used instead.
- Improved oral health: Implants do not require the altering of any of the patient’s actual remaining teeth so more teeth are left intact which improves long-term oral health. In addition, implants allow for easier access between teeth which is very important to overall oral hygiene.
- Comfort and reliability: Implants operate very similar to natural teeth so they tend to be very comfortable and reliable. There is no need to worry about the implant slipping or causing any speech impediments.
- Durability: With the necessary proper care, implants tend to last many years so there is no need to spend money to replace or change them.
Disadvantages of dental implants include:
- Cost: As compared to some of the alternatives, (dentures and bridges), dental implants can be slightly more expensive. With this said, one must still keep in mind that the cost of implants will vary based on each patient’s unique scenario. (Some implant procedures will be easier or more difficult than others.)
- Surgery: Dental implants will require some level of surgery as the implant has to be fitted into the jaw. It is no secret that all surgical procedures come with some level of risk. (In the case of implants, such risks could include infection, prolonged bleeding, damage to other teeth, nerve damage, and delayed bone healing, jaw fracture). At Aesthetic Dental, though, we take all necessary steps to minimize and prevent such risks from occurring with our patients.
- Time: In some cases, implants can take a few weeks to a few months to be completed. The length of time it takes for the completion of an implant is again dependent on each individual’s particular circumstance since each case is different.
How do you care for Dental Implants?
Dental Implants require the same care and attention that you will give to real teeth. As in the case of real teeth, you will need to brush, floss and conduct regular dental check-ups with your dental implants.
Are Dental Implants for me?
In the majority of cases, dental implants can be considered once you are healthy enough to undergo a routine oral surgery or dental extraction. Additionally, interested patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold implants. Lastly, persons with chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease; persons who have had radiation therapy to the upper body such as the neck/head area or persons who are heavy smokers would need to be specially evaluated to see if implants are befitting.