Dental Implants

Implant Placement

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw. This post will act as a permanent “root” for the implanted tooth. Once it is in place, the surrounding bone and tissue needs time to heal.

Implant placement requires special training, as it is a surgical procedure. Our team is highly-trained in implant placement to meet your dental needs.

Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

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Implant Restoration

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. After a metal post is placed, the restoration is completed with a replacement crown.

While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and last many years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework, because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.

Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Implant Supported Dentures

For patients missing a majority of their teeth implant-supported dentures are commonly used. Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are secured in place using implants in the jaw. They are often used when a patient no longer has teeth remaining in their mouth but enough bone in their jaw to support implants. Implant-supported dentures snap into place on top of implants but can be removed for cleaning.

Implant-supported dentures provide a number of benefits and are a great improvement from traditional removable dentures. They do not require any adhesives or powders to help the dentures stick and are very secure and comfortable, significantly improving the ability to chew. Because they preserve bone in the jaw and restore lip-support, implant-supported dentures also help maintain facial structures and minimize wrinkles.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the procedures involved in dental implants.

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Please let us know if you have any questions about the procedures involved in dental implants.

Risks if Left Untreated:

Left with gaps in your smile
• Poor self-confidence
• Loss of chewing ability
• Accelerated bone loss
• Can negatively affect speech
• Development of additional dental problems
• Need for more severe treatments
• Addition of treatment costs to correct future problems

Implant Process:

1st Appointment: The first appointment involves extraction of the tooth, bone grafting and guided tissue, if necessary. Bone graft may or may not have to be done based on the amount of bone structure left.

2nd Appointment:- The second appointment involves a suture removal and generally takes place one week after extraction.

3rd Appointment: - During your third appointment the membrane will be removed. This appointment will be scheduled based on the healing time of the patient.

4th Appointment: - At your fourth appointment, we will place your implant. 2 cone beam scans are taken at this appointment. One prior to placing the implant for proper measurement, and one after to ensure proper placement. These appointment is typically 3-6 months after extraction, depending on the patient's healing so we can make sure the bone grafting has integrated fully for a successful long-lasting implant.

5th Appointment: – At your fifth appointment we will place the healing cap.

6th Appointment: – During your sixth appointment an impression for your implant crown, prefab, and abutment will be taken.

7th Appointment: – Lastly, your implant crown will be delivered and placed.

**Please note, each implant process is highly individual and is based on the patient's body and individual healing. Implants cannot be guaranteed, as the person's habits and health affect the healing process.