Implants

The importance of dental implants – the modern “miracle” of dentistry.

Dental implants are a remarkable and vital part of many modern dental treatment plans. They can replace one tooth or every single tooth in your mouth. And they’re versatile.

For example, seniors come to us who have dealt with dentures and haven’t been able to chew for years. They couldn’t eat the foods that they like. By placing a couple of implants underneath those same dentures and stabilize it, it's as if you give them all of their own natural teeth back again. They can go out to dinner without the concern of them falling or slipping and being embarrassed. Another example, a young person suffers an accident or sports injury and damages one, two or three teeth. Now, we want to replace those, without altering the beautiful teeth they still have. We can accomplish that with implants.

Are implants a new technology?

No, they’ve actually been proven for many years. We are seeing an increase, almost exponential, in the number of implants that are being placed, because it's getting quicker and easier, and they are working better. They are more predictable and aesthetically we are enjoying remarkable results. There are also new materials available and new techniques to make the process quicker, easier, and less invasive. If implanted appropriately, they will serve you well for decades. Implants are often the most long-lasting solution to the problem at hand.

Are you a candidate for implants?

Most people over their adolescence (except people with certain severe health issues) are candidates for implants. It just depends what you want to accomplish and what we may need to do to create the solid foundation needed to place the implants.

What exactly is an implant?

An implant is basically the best form of replacement of the entire tooth complex including the crown and the root. Essentially, it's an artificial root. It's treated so its surface is biologically compatible with the oral cavity. Our teeth have a portion that sticks out of the gums that we all see. We call that a crown. Then there is a portion that's below the gums, and then the bone – which is the root. So an implant is simply an artificial root, on top of which we build an artificial crown (or artificial crowns all the way around your mouth, if need be).
What are the advantages of an implant compared to just a bridge or something else? There are many. First of all, we don't have to work on the other teeth in your mouth so we can preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. Another advantage is that it functions just like your tooth did before. You can maintain it at home, just like you maintain your natural teeth: brushing it, flossing it, rinsing – and all the things we recommend that you do every day.

What about mini-implants?

Well, although there is sometimes a situation where mini-implants can be effective, they’re not usually the best solution. Really, they were designed to be temporaries while a patient's real implant heals. Unfortunately, they have become a “quick fix” to problems that are probably further beyond what a mini-implant should and could treat. So, we are not big fans.

How are implants part of your total plan?

It’s important to know that implants are a part of a complete dental treatment plan that, in our practice, includes your overall dental health, computer-aided dentistry, the finest modern materials, and a team that also involves the leading “Extra Smile” custom labs and oral surgeons. 
There is a science to correctly placing implants. Today's technology allows us to virtually perform any surgical procedure for implants before you have ever walked in the door to have the procedure done. We can map out a patient's jaw and we can virtually place that artificial root in their jaw and see where nerves and blood vessels are, and see where we want to build the final product before you ever sit down on the chair. All in frequent, regular consultation with our preferred specialists, to give our patients the best possible outcome.

What part do the Oral Surgeons play?

The oral surgeons are critical, especially for implant cases where you replacing a person's full complement of teeth, or replacing both upper and lower teeth at one time. It's a very technique-sensitive profession and you want to make sure that you're in the right hands. We work closely with, and recommend oral surgeons who have trained for years, with a expert grasp of anatomy and deep knowledge of surgery of the head and neck. We recommend Board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons who specialize in this area, and who perform many implant surgeries.

What is the process?

The process is just like any other plan that we come up with for a patient; we first create the “map”, a plan to guide the procedure. From that point, we work closely with recommended, respected oral surgeons, personally discussing your case and goals, seeking their expert input.
We advise where we would like the final product to be. Then we consider the surgeon's advice on the best road to get there from a surgical standpoint. We all come together and make it as efficient and effective as we can. It's essential that we work with surgeons to properly place those implants.
Implants must be placed in a specific location, at specific angles, and at at specific depth, so that they can be restored properly once they have integrated into the bone.
We collaborate with the oral surgeons and form a comprehensive treatment plan for you. If you agree with and desire that plan, we work as a cohesive team.

What’s next? Ask us.

There’s still much more to tell. Are implants the most appropriate part of your dental plan? Ask us. Let’s talk about what you want to achieve and what’s best for you.

We're happy to answer all your questions about dental implant procedures, dental implant benefits, dental implant costs, and more.

It all starts with your call.

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