If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that 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. The implants themselves are root sized titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The bone bonds with the titanium creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts (abutments) that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These abutments provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Dental Implants also help preserve facial structure and prevent the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we will refer you for a DentaScan (Dental CAT Scan). We will then use a program called Simplant that takes the results of that scan and formats them into three dimensional images allowing implants to be placed with greater efficiency and less chance of trauma to the nerves or sinuses. We will consult with you and review our findings and address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person based on a variety of factors such as hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.
For the first three to six months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone (osseointegrating). You should be able to wear temporary dentures if needed during this healing period.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Benedon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar (abutment). You will then be referred back to your restorative dentist for the final restoration.
The Restorative Procedure
After two weeks of healing your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory. The lab will fabricate abutments that are connected to the implants. The teeth to be replaced are then made over the abutments.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
What Types of Implants are Available?
Dr. Benedon is pleased to offer two different implant systems in his office.
Nobel Biocare Replace Implant System, one of the latest innovations from the implant company that did the pioneering studies which led us to where we are today in the field of dental implants.
Dentsply AstraTech Implant System™, where esthetics are integrated into the implant system design.
Having two Dental Implant Systems gives our Patients and their Dentists a choice of implants and restorative platforms.
What Types of Prosthesis are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a professional.