Dental Implants: Changing Lives
Dental implants have revolutionized the way that we treat missing teeth. Dental implants are anchored in the jaw, making them just as strong as your natural teeth. This means that you can eat anything you want, and don’t have to worry about your teeth slipping when you talk, eat and laugh. Dental implants allow you to live your life to the fullest.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are inserted into the jaw, and onto which a natural-looking crown is placed. Titanium has the unique capability to bond with bone in a process called “osseointegration.” This makes them function just like a normal tooth would.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Natural looking
- No dietary restrictions
- Last a lifetime
- Fixed – won’t slip or fall out
- Protect the jaw from resorption
Dental Implants Procedure
The dental implants process begins with imaging, an exam, and a consultation to determine your wishes and needs. If it is necessary to build up the jawbone, grafting is performed a few months prior to surgery. Then, we will perform the dental implant surgery in our office. The procedure itself takes about an hour. Then the implant is left to heal for a few months while osseointegration takes place. After the implant has fused with the bone, we attach an abutment (connector) to the implant and you can then return to your dentist for a custom fabricated crown.
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant. Please view our After Implant Placement FAQ page for more answers to your questions.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Haynie and Dr. Black are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Haynie or Black performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.