If you have a missing tooth, one of the ways of replacing it involves a dental implant. In this report, Dr. Michel Fancelli explains implants.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw placed into the jawbone as the base for replacing a missing tooth (or missing teeth). Dr. Fancelli says that implants have been a dental solution to missing teeth for about thirty years in North America.
However, an implant may not work for everyone. Dr. Fancelli says that the beginning step is to take a jaw x-ray to determine whether the jaw is wide and long enough to accommodate one or more implants. Implants today are used to replace a single tooth, more than one tooth (using bridges), or all the teeth using special dentures.
One of the most important uses today, says Dr. Fancelli, is to solidify dentures. The screw can help to stabilize a denture when a patient has lost bone and gum support necessary to keep the denture in place. Implants are also used to stabilize partial plates. This can help prevent a partial from loosening teeth and causing further tooth loss.
Implants are not painful. In fact, says Dr. Fancelli, patients tell him that having the extraction was more painful than having the implant done. For most people, the only pain medication they will need is Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin. Implants are typically done in a dental office and treated just like doing a filling.
Dr. Michel Fancelli is a dentist practicing with the Centre Dentaire Fancelli near Montreal in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Fancelli completed a multidisciplinary residency at the Montreal Children's Hospital. He has been practicing in Longueuil since 1984. He opened a new state of the art, high technology office in 2002. He completed a residency program at the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Research, an advance training on the management of temporomandibular joint and sleep disorders. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.