Dental implants

Implant placement procedures:

  • Replacing a Single Tooth or multiple teeth
  • Implant Retained Dentures or Partials
  • Implant Supported Full Arch Prosthetics
  • Immediate Loading

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat and he/she can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

 The implants themselves are tooth roots made of titanium. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

 

Observation and assessment

If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we may request you a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During the consultation visits, your doctor will address your specific needs, demands and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are some types of insurance plans and we will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

 

The Surgical Procedure of a routine implant therapy

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves usually two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first 3 to 6 months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We will uncover the implants and attach small posts (abutments), which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes 6 to 8 months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology. In special cases and for the patients with limited time, Immediate Implants could be used; it means the total procedure may take 48 hours! There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible in select cases, to extract teeth, and place implants with crowns at one visit. This process, called "immediate loading" greatly simplifies the surgical process.

Who actually performs the implant placement?

Implants are a team work between a periodontist/surgeon and a restorative dentist/prosthodontist. While we perform the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

 

What types of prostheses are available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth…

 

 

Why dental implants?

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind. There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a "partial" at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

 

Am I a candidate for implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

 

What types of anesthesia are used?

Most of dental implants and bone grafts can be performed in the office under local anesthesia.

 

Do Implants need special care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

 

 

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