Implant Dentistry is the key to restoring your smile – and your confidence – by providing an effective long-term solution for those patients who struggle with missing teeth, failing teeth, or chronic dental issues. Implants are artificial roots that are placed as the base to permanent, replacement teeth, providing the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. Implants have fast become the new standard in tooth replacement, often preferred over crowns and bridges for their comfort and durability. Our specialized doctors work with patients to determine the need and placement of implants by gathering 3D images and x-rays to analyze a patient’s nerve pathways and bone structure, identifying any periodontal disease or significant bone loss in the process. The process requires creating a sound structure for the replacement tooth to anchor into, which is achieved by using a titanium implant that fuses to the patient’s existing bone over time. In turn, the patient is left with incredibly secure replacement teeth that enable them to eat freely, enjoy daily activity, and smile brighter.
HOW IT WORKS
01. Book Appointment
First, schedule a consultation with a restorative dentist who will be the architect of your implant treatment. After assessment and consultation of an oral surgeon or periodontist, you’ll be shown a clear path forward for the placement of your dental implants.
02. Preliminary Examinations
Patients undergo 3D imaging (CBCT scan), intraoral imaging, and/or digital x-rays to provide diagnostic data for our doctors to better understand the health of your teeth and underlying bone structure. The treatment plan is clearly laid out with the patient in full transparency and collaboration.
First, your restorative dentist will construct the mock-up that will act as the surgical guide for your oral surgeon to ensure proper placement of the implants for the desired results. Come time for treatment, our skilled oral surgeons execute each step of the procedure with expertise and technique to ensure the implant or implants are secure and comfortable.
04. Personalized Aftercare
Each patient is provided with clear aftercare instructions to maintain optimal oral health. It’s possible for patients to leave with temporary implants before the permanent surgery, after which a post-surgery healing (12-16 weeks) time will allow the implant(s) to integrate into the existing bone structure over time. Once healed, you’ll be back to chewing normally and smiling proudly – and keeping up with your regular dental visits for good health.
POINTS OF DIFFERENCE
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Patients who have lost teeth either by force or otherwise, whose teeth are failing, or who struggle with chronic dental conditions are candidates for dental implants.
An implant is typically made up of three parts: 1. Implant - a titanium screw that acts as the root for your new tooth, which permanently attaches to the jaw. 2. Abutment - a connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth, which is permanent (but removable by a doctor). 3. Crown - the prosthetic tooth that’s visible in your mouth, made of either zirconium or porcelain.
The entire process may take up to several months from start to finish, including a 3-month postoperative recovery period when the implant integrates into your bone structure.
First, the patient has a consultation with an oral surgeon or periodontist for a clinical examination and performs a CBCT scan to analyze existing nerve pathways and bone structure. Then, a bone graft is performed to provide a solid foundation for the implant. For the surgery, comfortably under anesthesia, your doctor inserts a high-quality titanium implant into your bone structure, providing a strong anchor for the abutment and crown. The procedure for a single-tooth implant takes approximately 60-90 minutes, whereby multi-tooth procedures vary in length.
Yes – while we see many patients whose cause of concern stems from their dentures and partials, for which implant surgery is a great option, we also offer high-quality dentures that can be either removable (by ‘snapping into’ implants) or non-removable (or fixed). Consult your provider to determine the best option for you.