is a dental implant?
implant is a titanium "root" which can
be placed into the jawbone. Once integrated with
your bone, the implant can be used to support a
crown, a bridge, or secure a complete denture.
may be used to to eliminate partial plates and
dentures. Implants have been used successfully
for over 30
years and have a high success rate, and function
and feel like your natural teeth. Dental Implants
are now the standard of care for replacing missing
What are the benefits
Dental implants offer a number of benefits over
conventional fixed and removable dental appliances.
1. The use of a dental implant to replace a tooth
eliminates the need to "cut down" the
neighboring teeth to make a bridge. Preserving
the adjacent teeth has been shown to reduce the
need for root canal and additional treatment which
may ultimately reduce treatment expense.
2. Dental implants are also useful in helping maintaining
the jawbone, which often dissolves after a tooth
is lost (see Periodontal News).
3. Dental implants feel and function and can be
cleaned like natural teeth.
4. Dental implants are self supportive, thus they
are not reliant on other teeth for support. This
is favorable as it reduces stress on adjacent teeth.
5. Implant supported teeth may replace partial
plates and may be used to secure loose dentures.
6. A single implant tooth can be cleaned and flossed
like a natural tooth. No floss threaders needed!
How is an implant installed?
thorough treatment planning with your general
dentist and periodontist, the implant installed
in your jawbone using local anesthesia and/or
sedation. This is an outpatient procedure which
is done with local anesthesia and valium sedation.
Is implant treatment painful?
Placement of dental implants is typically not traumatic.
Mild analgesics are prescribed for any discomfort
which may occur. Most patients return to work
the day following implant surgery. Many patients
report minimal or no discomfort after implant
How long does implant treatment take?
Depending on bone quality at the implant site,
your implant crown can be installed in 12-20 weeks
following implant installation in most cases. In
some instances a temporary crown can be placed
on immediately after implant placement.
Can implants be used in patients with periodontal
Yes, periodontal research has shown that implant
therapy is successful in patients who have lost
teeth to periodontitis.
Is implant treatment expensive?
Dental implant treatment represents a slightly
greater investment than conventional treatment,
however, the benefits of implant therapy for most
patients outweigh the minor additional cost involved.
|Case 1: Patient presented missing
one molar and two premolar teeth. The teeth were
lost to periodontal disease. The patient did not
want to wear removable appliance and elected to
have three dental implants placed to provide support
for three teeth. This photo shows three implants
in place with healing abutments placed.
Completed case: Patients smile restored with
crowns resemble patient's natural teeth.