Dental Implant Surgery

Dental Implants

People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.

What Are Dental Implants?

An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium (the same material used in many replacement hips and knees), a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then attached to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.

Types Of Implants

Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.

Why Choose Implants Over Dentures Or Conventional Bridges

Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Not only do implants look more natural, but they also feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically outlive you.

Implant Services We Offer

Sinus Lift Augmentation

Often the sinuses will enlarge in size following loss of the upper back teeth. This often will preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that returns the sinus cavity to its original position, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes 9 to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.

Autogenous Bone Grafting

Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.

Implant Site Development

When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.

Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning

We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.

Implant Maintenance

Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar, just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.

Post-Treatment Care

Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

Dental implants can restore your confidence in your smile. These titanium anchors provide support for artificial teeth that not only look natural, but also allow you to eat normally, restore natural contours to your mouth, and prevent bone deterioration.

When properly cared for, dental implants can last 50 years or more! Implants have a 98% success rate with predictable, incredible results.

Benefits of surgery:

  • Restore natural look to your smile
  • Easier to care for than other prostheses
  • Preserve the integrity of underlying bone
  • Make eating much more comfortable
  • Prevent bone deterioration
  • Restore natural contours to your mouth
  • The latest dental implants look and feel virtually indistinguishable from regular teeth
  • Are Dental Implants Right For You?
  • The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, meaning they have sufficient amount of bone in the jaw and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease. If you are not an immediate ideal candidate, there are other options – such as bone grafting – that may be recommended.