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Dental Implants

Dental implants allow you to replace missing teeth with permanent dental implants that look and feel like real teeth once they are done. The procedure is easy, quick (many times under an hour), and comfortable.

When it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth in your mouth, dental implants are the treatment of choice and standard of care. It is the most conservative treatments for tooth replacement. Implants are biocompatible posts/screw that replace the roots of your missing teeth. They are physically and biologically designed to attach to your jawbone, the way a screw fuses to a bone in a broken arm or leg works.

The implant then becomes the foundation for a natural looking restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture. We will ensure your new tooth or teeth will have excellent strength and stability, and of course, look and feel like your natural teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant (fixture) is a cylinder made of pure titanium or titanium alloy that is fitted precisely into a hole drilled into the jaw bone where a tooth used to be.

After a period of time, the bone heals and attaches to the implant locking it into the jaw in a process called osseointegration. Once this has occurred the implant can be used as an anchor to hold a crown, bridge or be used to help hold a denture in position (over denture).

Determining if you are a candidate

The key factors in determining weather or not you are a candidate for dental implants are first, the quality and amount of bone available to place the implant into. This information is determined by analyzing x-rays, study models or CT-Scans.

The next factor is weather there are any reasons that you should not undergo minor dental surgical procedures and weather there are any systemic problems or medications that you take that would exclude you as a candidate

Age does not play a factor in your ability to have dental implants so long as your general health is good and you don’t have any of the other risk factors mentioned.

Smoking can reduce the success of implant integration. Smoking impairs healing and has other negative effects that are well known. We suggest that you consider quitting.

Certain medications can exclude you as a candidate. These include drugs that suppress your immune system such long term use of steroid medications and some medications used to treat HIV.

Recently there has been a debate on risks of dental surgery on patients who have been taking osteoporosis medications called bisphosphonates such as Fosamax. These medications increase the risk of jaw infections in patients who have received them intravenously as chemotherapy to treat some forms of cancer. It has not been determined if they pose any significantly increased risk in patients who have taken them orally. If you take bisphosphonates, we may need to modify your medications for a period prior to placing implants which would be done in coordination with your physician.

The implant procedure

The vast majority of dental implant procedures are done in the office with local anesthetic.

An incision is made in the gum where the implant is to go. The gum is gently pulled back to expose the underlying jaw bone. A series of progressively sized drills are used to precisely create a hole that is exactly the correct size for the implant being used. The implant is then threaded into the site and the gum tissue is closed.

On very rare occasions when placing an implant we determine that the amount or quality of bone present is not adequate for implant success. In those cases we may abandon the implant placement and do a bone grafting procedure instead, returning to place an implant at a later date.


Implants are prescribed to replace a missing tooth
or teeth.
An implant post is surgically placed into the area
where the tooth is missing. In a few months bone will fuse to the
implant.
A customized crown or bridge is permanently cemented
to the implant.
Implants restore the natural beauty, function,
and health of teeth.



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