implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Implants can replace a
single tooth, a group of teeth, or a full arch of teeth. Dental implants can
also be used under dentures, snapping to them to help hold the dentures firmly
implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically
placed into the upper or lower jaw. Crowns and/or bridges are then placed on
top of the implants.
for dental implants:
· Replace one or more
missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
· Restore a patient’s
· Restore chewing, speech,
· Restore or enhance facial
· Support a bridge or
denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
Our philosophy, and what is
involved in getting implants?
treatment should always begin with a consultation and treatment plan from the
restorative dentist, a prosthodontist, who will ultimately fabricate the teeth
on the implants. Generally, there are multiple options regarding the teeth that
will be placed on the implants. These options might include choices such as
using porcelain verses acrylic teeth; will the teeth be individual, or
connected; will the teeth be screwed, cemented, or snapped to the implants; as
well as the number of implants required, and the best position and angulations
for them bases on the options a patient prefers. Wise planning in the beginning
always leads to better outcomes.
restorative dentist will then refer to patient to a surgeon (if the patient
does not already have one) for the implant placement. Sometimes special x-rays
or scans are used to visualize the patient’s jaws in 3-D prior to placing the
implants. Often the restorative dentist also provides a surgical guide to aid
with the exact placement of the implants, helping to insure the best possible
esthetic and functional results. Again, wise planning in the beginning always
leads to better outcomes.
the actual placement procedure may vary slightly from patient to patient,
depending on the complexity of the case, most patients are surprised that the
experience is much simpler that they expected. Although implant placement can
usually be done with local anesthetic only, most surgeons offer the option of
sedation for patients who would prefer to be asleep during the procedure.
a temporary tooth (or teeth) can be placed on the implant immediately after the
implant is placed. In those situations we coordinate appointments with the
surgeon so that the patient can come to our office right from the surgeon. In
other situations there is a waiting period of two to six months before the
implants can be used. Alternate temporary solutions are available in those
that it is very important that any implant procedure begin with planning and
consultation with the prosthodontist, as he will be the architect and “builder”
of the project. Unfortunately, we sometimes see patients who have had implants
placed before the final treatment has been completely planned. This is similar
to laying the foundation for a house before a final plan for the building is
complete. It often severely limits the options the patient will have.
encourage the patient to discuss the implant system that will be used as well
as the materials used in the fabrication of the teeth. We prefer either the
Nobelbiocare (Branemarck) system or the Strauman system. Although there are
many reputable systems available, these are the two premier systems in the U.S.
and the world. They offer excellent customer support when necessary and we are
confident that spare parts and components will always be available. Over the
years, newer and less established companies have gone out of business, creating
problems for patients who need additional components for repairs or
modifications. Additionally, we use only genuine parts and components from the
implant manufacturer. Although they cost slightly more, they fit more
accurately than the generically available copies which are also available.
office we always enjoy the opportunity to consult, evaluate, and educate
patients about the dental implant process and options that are available. If a
patient decides that dental implants are right for them we will help and guide
them through the process as simple as possible and to achieve the best results.