Dental Implants

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

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are man-made teeth that take the place of damaged or missing teeth and fit, feel and function similarly to natural ones.

Dental implants consist of 3 parts:

  • Implant: a metal (titanium) screw-like post that replaces the root of a tooth.
  • Abutment: A connector that holds a single tooth or set of teeth. This piece is permanent but can be removed by your doctor if necessary.
  • Crown: This is the visible part of the tooth that is used for chewing. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and appearance. 

BENEFITS

There are many reasons why a person would opt for dental implants rather than other tooth replacement options. Dental implants:

  • Behave like natural teeth: Most patients can’t tell the difference between them and their natural teeth. They can eat, smile, and talk normally without implants shifting, unlike with dentures or bridgework.
  • Are easy to maintain: You can brush and care for dental implants just like your natural teeth. They still need to be brushed to prevent bacteria build up, but the material will never decay so you can’t get cavities.
  • long lasting: When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Encourage bone growth: When a tooth is lost and not replaced, bone loss begins immediately due to lack of stimulation from chewing. Dental implants replace both the root and the crown which enables you to eat normally, preventing bone loss.
  • Restore facial structure: If missing teeth are not replaced, the remaining teeth begin to shift due to lack of support, which causes the face to sag, develop wrinkles, etc. Dental implants act just like your teeth, so they prevent changes in face shape.

WHAT IS DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY?

An oral surgeon replaces a natural tooth with dental implants to help a patient with missing teeth, damaged teeth, or chronic dental problems. They offer a strong foundation that matches your natural teeth. There’s no need for regular repairs, no problems with chewing, and no concerns about smiling.

A smiling elderly man

“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.

THE PROCESS AND TIMELINE

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Bauer performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Step 1: You will meet with Dr. Bauer to discuss your specific needs and to develop an individualized treatment plan. We will then set a date for your dental implant surgery.

​​Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for greater comfort, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment. 

Step 2: During your second appointment, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the dental implant will be placed. Then, when you are comfortable, our oral surgeon will gently replace your tooth’s root with a titanium implant. With time, your jaw bone bonds with the implant creating a strong foundation for your new, artificial tooth.

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Bauer is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum healing period before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

The procedure to place a single dental implant takes 30 to 60 minutes. Time varies for multiple implants and will be discussed during your initial consultation. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient.

It’s most common for implants to be placed several months after extraction. Occasionally, an implant may be placed immediately after a tooth extraction. This can speed up the process and get the final tooth in place earlier. When infection or other problems with the bone are present, we do not recommend immediate implant placement.

Step 3: A support post (abutment) is placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In select cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. 

If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

A depiction of the upper jaw with all normal teeth
1. Normal
An example of the upper jaw missing a tooth with the jaw bone unhealed
2. Tooth Loss
A representation of a healed upper jaw bone after losing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
A digital representation of the initial dental implant placed in the jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
A representation of the healed jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
5. Healing
An example of a fully restored tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS SAFE?

More than 5 million implants are placed each year by dentists in the United States according to the American Dental Association.

Dr. Bauer, our oral surgeon, has completed extensive training in dental medicine and oral and maxillofacial surgery. During your initial consultation, we will discuss all of your specific needs before we determine your treatment options.

Throughout your procedure, our team will be monitoring you closely and making sure you are comfortable. We also follow up with you afterwards.

Success Rate

Dental implants have a success rate of roughly 95%. 

However, sometimes, the bone fails to fuse sufficiently to the metal implant. If this happens, the implant is removed and cleaned, and you are eligible to try the procedure again after a few months.

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PAINFUL?

Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.

SHOULD YOU GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants might be a good fit if you:

  • Have healthy gums
  • Are committed to oral hygiene
  • Have enough bone to hold the implant
  • Have a jawbone that’s reached full growth
  • Are willing to commit several months to the process

You should not get dental implants if you:

  • Smoke tobacco
  • Suffer from diabetes or heart disease
  • Have health conditions that will affect bone healing
  • Have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area

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