In this video, Dr. Mohamed Saccoh discusses dental implants. Implants can replace one tooth or several teeth. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that help maintain the bone around the tooth.View transcript
Dental implant is mostly titanium. Now we have other different types of metal that go in the bone and replaces the root of the tooth that was missing. And once that implant now fuses with the bone, we can put a tooth over that implant. So a dental implant replaces the root, and then a crown goes over the dental implant, so replace missing teeth. Process involves first a good assessment and diagnosis. And then, with somebody that's a candidate then, first the patient will get numb or sedated if they choose. And then the implant is placed in the bone, and then it's allowed to heal, a process we call osseointegration. And then once it's healed, then now we can come back and then we can place it to the root. Anybody that's missing a tooth is a good candidate for dental implant. If you're missing a tooth or you're missing several teeth, or you have teeth that are loose due to bone loss, periodontal disease, then you're a candidate for dental implants. Procedure in a healthy individual can take anywhere from instant. There are cases where we place a dental implant and place the tooth right away. Or it can take all the way up to six months in some cases, because we need more time for healing with the bone. Now, dental implant for anybody that's missing a tooth, or teeth, I mean, it's the best that dentistry has to offer to replace missing teeth, because the dental implants will help to maintain the bone around the implant, and that's the only treatment we have in dentistry that can do that. I mean, crown and bridge is nice, but that doesn't do what dental implants do. And also, your chewing efficiency and your chewing forces, people with dental implants will be able to bite to chew on an apple or other tougher foods significantly more than people with just dentures, for example. And there's no better alternative to replace missing tooth with dental implants.