Advanced Implant Dentistry

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.  Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone.  The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

With the advanced technology that our office employs by the use of a 3D CT Scan, the placement and predictability of implants are known prior to placement thereby insuring the success of each implant placed. In addition, the 3D guide used for actual implant angulation and placement is used to predict and insure the final teeth restorations are perfectly placed prior to beginning any treatment.

Our office is now offering to patients "Same Day Fixed Teeth", a procedure in which patients receive their fixed teeth in one visit, one day. No longer will patients have to deal with ill fitting dentures, use of gummy pastes, or any material covering their palate..and the best news is that the teeth stay in all the time, no removing them! For further information, go to our "Same Day Fixed Teeth" tab.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

As an alternative to same day implants and teeth, conventional implant placement is available. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.  After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.  After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most advanced dental restoration option available for replacing missing teeth. aside from their natural appearance, they offer many benefits including:

            Improved facial appearance-after losing a tooth, the bone that was used to support the tooth is lost and leads to facial collapse. Dental implants can help prevent facial collapse.

          More comfortable- while dentures can often become loose and slip around along the gum line, dental implants are designed to be a permanent part of your mouth that can act like the rest of your existing teeth.

            Better speech- missing teeth can make speech difficult, and even patients with dentures may have trouble speaking clearly. Dental implants can allow you to have improved speech and confidence.  

             Improved ability to eat-although dentures can allow patients with missing teeth to be able to chew again, they still present some issues.

             More convenient- dentures may not always stay in place throughout the day. and can become loose at an embarrassing time. Implants are a permanent part of your mouth and stay in place.

 How do implants work?    

A dental implant consists or two main parts, which act as a tooth root and the tooth itself. Patients must have adequate bone density to support the implant in order to qualify as a candidate for implants. The implant is placed beneath the gum line to act as a root; over time this implant will bond with the bone making it permanent in your mouth. A temporary crown can be used to act as a tooth.