Today, the preferred method of tooth replacement is dental implant treatment. Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation previously provided by the natural tooth roots.
At DDS Dental, dental implants are a team effort. A successful implant requires that all parties involved — the patient; the restorative dentist and the periodontist who surgically places the implant, following a careful plan 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.
In order to determine the best treatment for each patient, an extensive number of diagnostic records must be taken. These include X-rays, models, photos, an examination and possibly a CT Scan or Icam. This information together with the patient’s desires will determine the ideal treatment. It is impossible to give an exact estimate of time, fees or extent of treatment without a blueprint of the treatment plan.
Dental Implant Placement Surgery
Surgical placement of an implant fixture or post is the first step in your dental implant treatment. A dental implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone and covered by the gum or by a special ‘healing cap’. This procedure takes less than one hour and can be done with local anesthetic only. It is painless and produces little or no post-operative discomfort.
Top quality dental implants permanently integrate with your jawbone and do not need to be replaced or removed.
Occasionally, if a patient does not have a sufficient amount of bone to place an implant, a bone graft may be necessary prior to implant placement. The amount of available bone is determined through the use of the diagnostic records.
When the implants have stabilized in the jaw, the restorative dentist prepares an impression of the upper and lower jaws. This impression is used to make the model from which the implant will be supported:
Implant supported denture