What exactly is a dental implant? Simply put, it’s a man-made root used to replace one or more missing teeth. An implant can be used to replace one tooth or it can be used to replace several teeth in a row.
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw where teeth are missing. These anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with these anchors, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our doctors will uncover the implants and attach the artificial teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our doctors are are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. 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.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While our doctors perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent replacement tooth.
What Types Of Implants Are Available?
An implant and crown is used to replace one missing tooth A fixed bridge can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A fixed denture replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of denture is used. A removable denture attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed denture is permanent and removable only by the dentist. Our doctors perform in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.