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 by a dentist or Periodontist– a specialist of the gums and supporting 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.
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?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
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. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
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.
Dental implants are the highest standard of care and a great way to replace missing teeth or securing dentures. They allow you to enjoy all the foods you love, maintain and preserve the bone in your jaw and are easy to care for with proper brushing and flossing. The implant, usually made of Titanium due to the bodies ability to accept it, acts like the roots of your natural teeth. They are placed in the jaw and after the designated healing time an abutment is attached and a crown placed over the top and you have a very natural looking tooth! Implants are very strong, stable, and durable. Since they are made of Titanium and porcelain they WON’T Decay. Proper hygiene is still of the utmost importance. For the denture, wearer implants can be a life changer! It allows for stabilizing the denture so there is no longer a need for denture adhesives or bulky acrylic that affects the appearance and function of the oral region. In most cases, it will allow the taste buds on the roof of your mouth to breath again and bring back the flavors you once enjoyed!!! They will aid in keeping your upper denture in place and your lower denture down improving appearance and speech along with restore chewing efficiency.
Dental Implants Are Great For:
- Replacing one or more missing teeth without altering adjacent teeth
- Restoring your confidence in your smile
- Restoring proper chewing, digestion and speech
- Restoring the denture wearers ability to speak, eat, digest and smile with confidence
- Preventing the shifting of teeth and loss of bone which can result in joint pain and reduction of chewing forces.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does getting a dental implant involves?
At Bay Cosmetic Dentistry we believe in providing our patients with the most up to date technology and techniques. The process will start with an initial exam which will include the taking of a 3D-Image so that your bone and vital anatomy can be evaluated. After evaluation, the CT Scan data will be shared with a computer program which will allow Dr. Sable to virtually place the implant or implants in your bone on the computer in the most advantageous and precise position with respect to the adjacent teeth, opposing teeth and important anatomical structures.
The “treatment plan” then prints out the guide using a 3D-Printer that fits on the teeth in your mouth or rests on your gum tissue. The guide will direct the positioning of the implant exactly like what was planned on the computer eliminating any and all guesswork!!!
Why Do You Use Guided Surgery?
Guided surgery is a very important advancement in the Dental Implant field. It provides the patient with a predictable less invasive surgery. It saves time, eliminates guesswork, provides the patient with less post-operative discomfort, a more rapid healing time and better aesthetics.
Do Implants Hurt?
In many cases the is little to no discomfort. It is dependent upon what is needed to successfully place the implant. This will be discussed at your consultation. But overall the procedure is efficient and minimizes discomfort.
Do You Make An Incision And Suture Necessary?
NO! In many cases, an incision and the need for sutures are eliminated because of the computer-guided surgery! This reduces the inflammation which causes the discomfort. Most patients report a couple doses of over the counter Ibuprofen takes care of it. However, at the time of consultation or day of surgery the issue of mild pain relievers will be discussed and if needed will be prescribed. I will “core” out the tissue and the guide will position the place without any cutting or suturing.
Can I Eat Afterwards?
After the local anesthesia wears off you are permitted to eat a softer diet trying to stay away from the surgical site. Keeping the area clean with warm salt water rinses helps in the healing process.
How Long Does It Take Until I Have My Teeth?
Each patient is different. After completing the necessary diagnostics, Dr. Sable can provide you with a treatment plan including the estimated amount of time to complete the process. Total treatment time depends on your needs, medical and dental history, the health of the supporting bone in your jaw, and the technique and materials that will be used. It can be as short as a few months, or more than a year for more complex conditions.
How Do I Care For My Implants?
Well-placed and cared for dental implants have the potential to last for decades. Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups.
Can Any Dentist Place Dental Implants?
Yes and no. Your dentist should have taken extensive training courses to provide the best possible service and outcome. Dr. Sable has close to 400 hours of continuing education and has been placing dental implants for over 12 years! He continues to seek out courses that are beneficial in the care of his patients. He has a Fellowship in the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) and his Diplomat status with the IDIA (International Dental Implant Association). He treats every patient like he does his mother whom he has placed implants.
How Much Do They Cost?
No two patients or their customized dental implants treatments are exactly alike, so the cost – as well as the number of appointments required and procedures performed – will vary depending on your particular needs. At your implant consultation, Dr. Sable will conduct a comprehensive examination and evaluate the necessary diagnostics to best determine your needs and the associated fees. Discussing the dentist’s payment arrangements and potential coverage from your insurance carrier are important steps in the planning process.