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 (titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bones. 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 may last a lifetime.
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.
Once treatment is completed we provide meticulous care instructions for your dental implants. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new teeth.
Are implants the answer to your long-term dental needs? Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Presser.
Our Implant Services
Sinus Lift Augmentation
Often, the sinuses will enlarge following the loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. With new advanced techniques, we are able to augment the sinus at the time of implant placement. This procedure is minimally invasive and gives us the ability to restore the implants in half the time.
Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quality to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to utilize a bone grafting material or "borrow" bone from another area of your mouth into the deficient area.
Implant Site Development
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done when the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at the same time, ideally, or at a later date, if necessary.
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning
We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for placement of your dental implants. This gives us the ability to plan the most complex cases and in ideal situations give you a full set of non-removable teeth the same day.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.