About Dental Implants
Dental implants are currently the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Their unique design and technology allow patients to regain health, function, and esthetics even if they are missing one or all of their teeth.
Dental implants are essentially tooth root replacements made of titanium, which is a very biocompatible material that allows intimate bone growth right up against the implant surface. This special healing property is called osseointegration and allows for the anchoring of a variety of prosthetics such as a simple single crown to help retaining a denture all the way to replacing a whole arch of lost teeth.
After a tooth is lost, the bone that held the tooth will shrink over time and cause changes to your bite, jawbone, and facial structures.
Another benefit of osseointegration is that the fusion of the dental implant with your jawbone also allows for maintenance of bone volume and prevents bone shrinkage.
Although many dental offices offer dental implant placement services, we believe that the best care in dental implant therapy involves providing the best planning, the best materials, and the best techniques to achieve long term health and function for our patients.
Our Implants Services
Traditionally, implant therapy consisted of first extracting a diseased or non-restorable tooth, placing a bone graft, and then waiting 3 to sometimes 6 months before the actual dental implant is placed.
Today, it is sometimes possible for patients to have an implant place the same day that they lose their tooth.
This is a huge advancement in the field of dentistry that allows patients to minimize the amount of time they spend in a dental office having surgical procedures done. The best part is that implants placed immediately into the tooth socket do just as well as the “traditional” approach long term!
Immediate Temporary Crowns
At our office, we not only focus on health and function, but we know esthetics can be extremely important to our patients. Losing a tooth, especially a front tooth, can be traumatizing and difficult for patients to endure.
That’s why for all our front tooth implant cases, we always plan to have a temporary crown made either the same day or within 48 hours that is screwed in to the implant so patients can avoid having to wear a temporary removable device. This modern technique also helps maintains the shape of the gums therefore allowing your general dentist to produce a natural and healthy implant crown.
Cone Beam 3-D Imaging
To execute the ideal implant placement and design requires ideal planning. At our office, we have medical-grade cone beam imaging capable of acquiring a 3-dimensional scan of your jaw bones.
Our office then views that data in a powerful, state-of-the-art software that allows us to virtually place the implant. This allows us to anticipate any need for bone grafting, avoid vital structures like nerves and blood vessels, and allows us to place the implant in the best position for your dentist to place the crown.
Using Top-of-the-line Brands And Parts
Our office believes that to deliver the best, you must use the best parts and materials. That’s why we never use “knock-off” implant brands.
The brands we use have established long-term research and data, have been around the longest, have the strongest material (titanium zirconium oxide), and are materials in which we would use on our own loved ones.