Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a state-of-the-art way to replace one or many missing teeth. Dental implants offer a replacement that is as close to your natural teeth as possible, and the procedure is recommended by the American Dental Association. An implant is a non-removable option that stays in your jaw at all times. The procedure involves placing a small titanium fixture (the implant) into the bone under the gums in order to replace the root of one or many missing teeth. Once the implant fixture is placed and healed, a single tooth (crown) or a bridge can be made by your restorative dentist to attach to the implant fixture, which gives you a tooth replacement option that stays in all the time. There are many reasons why dental implants have significant advantages over conventional bridges and removable partial and complete dentures. Your surgeon will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various treatment options available to you, and the surgeon (along with our clinical and administrative teams) will be prepared to answer any questions that you might have about dental implant treatment.

how are our surgeons trained  to place dental implants?

Our Board Certified Surgeons have completed additional years of residency training after dental school with extensive, specific implant training. Their specialty training qualifies them to handle all the critical details required for your procedure. Placement of implants requires very precise control and positioning with extensive expertise and knowledge and takes many years to master. Our Surgeons have placed thousands of implants successfully over decades, and they perform implant placement daily in our office. Using the latest computer navigation guidance and digital radiography as well as computed tomography (CT) imaging, our surgeons will work closely with your restorative dentist so they can provide you the best result possible as a team.

are dental implants expensive?

Dental Implants are no more costly than other options to replace teeth (like a bridge or a cast metal partial denture), and they are proven to save you considerable costs over the life of the implant compared to other conventional options (such as traditional crowns or bridges) which require frequent replacement over time. Most insurance companies now provide coverage for dental implant placement and restoration, and our administrative teams will be happy to research the specifics of your policy’s dental implant coverage for you. If financing is required, please don’t hesitate to talk to our office team so they can assist you in reviewing the options that may be right for you.  

is there much recovery time after dental implants are placed?

There is often very little recovery time after dental implants are placed, and patients cannot feel them at all once they are healed (usually in a few days). Many patients return to work the same day or the following day after their procedure. Dental implants can be placed safely and without discomfort either under local anesthesia or under sedation anesthesia. It up to you and the surgeon to determine which type of anesthesia is the best fit for you.

can implants be placed comfortably in the office?

Implants can be safely placed in the dental office without the need for a hospital procedure often in less than one hour. If many implants are required, or if you need a full set of upper or lower teeth replaced with implants, this can be accomplished under sedation anesthesia in a few hours right in the office.

“Teeth in a Day” / “ALL-On-Four” / DIEM                                                  A set of beautiful teeth with implants in a single day.

Our Surgeons are trained and certified to perform a procedure similar to what you may have seen on TV commercials where surgeons remove  a full set of failing teeth and replace them with implants with a beautiful complete full set of bright teeth that cannot be removed; all in a single day. We call this a “DIEM” procedure meaning that it all happens in a single day. This procedure is not appropriate for every patient and must be carefully considered with other options before removing all your remaining natural teeth.  Some of these clinics who claim to specialize in this procedure, who will complete your procedure, but then will send you back to your general dentist for “maintenance care”.  Our Surgeons will work closely with YOUR DENTIST to provide this amazing new procedure for you.  We have been perfecting this procedure for over a decade, and utilize the most up-to-date technology to not only deliver a beautiful product, but minimize the time you spend in the dental chair.  Come see us today for a consultation!

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.

Dental Implants Presentation

.

Older man smiling

“Don’t Be Afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile,
eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh
with my friends.