Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The beginning of your dental implant journey starts with a complete oral evaluation and consultation. In this evaluation your doctor will look at many factors to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. The doctor will use a Cone Beam CT 3D scan to evaluate your bone and other vital structures. This Cone Beam CT 3D image is a state-of-the-art scan which allows your doctor to virtually plan exactly what size, angulation, depth and position your implant should be placed, and whether or not you would benefit from bone grafting prior to implant placement. In some dental offices implants are placed after evaluating two dimensional x-rays. Although this method may be effective, computer guided implants ensures that your implant is being placed in the exact location it needs to be to obtain the best results.
Sedation is typically recommended for dental implant placement but is not mandatory. The goal of our sedation is to produce a lightly sedated and relaxed patient free of anxiety and nerves which allows for a more pleasurable dental experience.
After your complimentary implant consultation and implant planning is completed your implant surgery will be scheduled. Your dentist will anesthetize the area(s) planned for implant placement to ensure comfort throughout the procedure. The dental implants are placed using a digitally designed surgical guide fabricated from your Cone Beam CT 3D scan. After placement, implants are allowed to heal and attach to your bone for 4-6 months. Once the dental implant has fully healed and attached to the bone it is ready for a final restoration.