Dental implants are changing the way people live!
They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement
teeth which look, feel, and function like natural
teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability
to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence,
knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial
contours will be preserved.
What are dental Implants?
The actual dental implant is a tiny titanium post
surgically inserted into the jawbone where a tooth
is missing. This serves as a substitute for the tooth
root. Over several months, the titanium fuses with
the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for the
How are dental implants placed?
Generally, the placement of dental implants involves
two separate surgical procedures. First, the titanium
implant is placed into the jawbone. The implant itself
is not visible, and may need months for the bone and
implant to heal together, a process called osseointegration.
After osseointegration, your surgeon will perform
a simple procedure to uncover the implant and attach
a small post. This will serve as an anchor upon which
your general dentist will place the artificial tooth.
In some cases treatment may require only one surgical
procedure and patients can have teeth placed almost
Dental Implants are a Team Effort
Dental implants combine the best of modern science
and technology, including a team approach spanning
several disciplines. A successful implant requires
that all parties involved the patient; the restorative
dentist who makes the crown for the implant; and the
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who surgically places
the implant, follow a careful plan of treatment. All
members of the implant team stay in close contact
with each other to make sure everyone clearly understands
what needs to be done to meet the patient's expectations.
Are you a candidate for Dental Implants?
Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult;
whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth,
or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution
for you. With the exception of growing children, dental
implants are the solution of choice for people of
all ages, even those with the following health concerns:
Existing Medical Conditions. If you can have
routine dental treatment, you can generally have an
implant placed. While precautions are advisable for
certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases
as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful
candidates for dental implant treatment.
Gum Disease or Problem Teeth. Almost all implants
placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal
disease or decay have been successful.
Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures. Implants
can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they
can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making
it much more comfortable.
Smoking. Although smoking lowers the success
rate of implants, it doesn't eliminate the possibility
of getting them.
Bone Loss/Loss of Gum Tissue. Bone Loss is
not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had
periodontal disease. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
are trained and experienced in grafting bone and soft
tissue to safely and permanently secure the implant.
Implant tooth replacement in children is usually
deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There
are, however, some instances when a dental implant
may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the
child's orthodontic treatment plan. Your family dentist
or orthodontist can guide you in this instance.