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Why dental implants?
Dental implants offer a variety of solutions to restore a smile back to its original form and function. With the latest technology and advancement in materials, implants are lasting longer than ever before and having one placed is becoming easier than you might imagine.
the portion that is placed in the jaw and anchors the restoration that’s attached.
the metal or ceramic “connector” that the restoration will bond to.
The term for the restoration or tooth that’s attached to the abutment.
How are dental implants used?
Dental implants are most often used to replace a missing tooth. An implant acts like the root, allowing us to restore the crown of the tooth on to the implant.
When at least two implants are placed, we can bridge them together with a porcelain bridge and replace several missing teeth all at once!
Retaining a prosthesis
Implants are a great way to keep a prosthesis like a denture or partial denture from moving and floating around while you eat and and talk.
When to place them?
Most patients elect to have a dental implant placed to replace a missing tooth. So what better time to place an implant, then during removal of the failing tooth? Most of our patients (Greater than 90%) have the implant placed during the same visit, saving months of waiting and reducing the time it takes to restore the implant.
Many times, a patient already had a tooth removed and we’re getting back to the missing space, either way works!
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Most implants placed today are made from a mixture of materials, but most of the implant is comprised of titanium. The implants are all FDA approved and are similar in makeup to components used in medical surgeries.
Zirconia implants have been around for over a decade, but are becoming more popular and proven in longevity. They are compromised of ceramics, rather than metals. For those individuals wishing to avoid metals, you now have a choice when it comes to having an implant!
The gold standard of implant placement means first taking a CBCT scan. Why? Because before you place something in the mouth, it’s important to see the 3D landscape and any important structures like nerves or veins that we must avoid getting close to. Cone Beam CT’s also allow us to create surgical guides when needed for more predictable placement!
How do you place in implant in a difficult spot or with little margin for error? You use a guide of course. And with the technology we have here, we can merge your 3D x-ray and your 3D scan to design the perfect position for the implant, avoiding all important structures and ensuring the best restorative outcome. Then we 3D print the surgical guide right here as well.
By using a guide, we also reduce the need to reflect tissue which means less discomfort and faster healing!
CEREC for implants
Would you believe that in certain occasions we can restore your implant in a single day as well? When the implant position allows us to restore it in the office with optimum esthetics, we do it all here. Implant crowns have to be designed just right for cleans-ability and optimum appearance. If the needed design falls beyond the limits of CEREC, we’ll send it out so you get the best result possible!
Got questions about implants?
Here’s what we’ve seen individuals ask the most often:
Does it hurt to have an implant placed?
In most cases, people are able to go back to work as soon as the procedure is completed. In fact, most patients do not even need to take Ibuprofen after the procedure, it is that smooth. If a tooth is being removed prior to the implant being placed, the discomfort will be greater since a tooth was removed.
How long does it take to get an implant or the tooth back?
We normally need 3-4 months after the implant is placed to heal and be bonded within the jaw. Once the implant has completely merged with the jaw, we can restore the implant with a restoration or (tooth). Until then, the implant normally remains buried around the gumline.
What should I expect during the procedure?
The procedure should take about 30-45 minutes from the time you are seated to the time you are ready to leave. Most patients don’t utilize sedation but feel free to ask about options. We will ensure you are completely numb, and the procedure itself isn’t very exciting. When it comes to procedures, that’s the way you want it.
How much downtime is there after an implant is placed?
You are able to go back to normal as soon as the implant is placed. We do want you to be careful when brushing and eating for the next 2 weeks, but we will go further into detail before your implant placement appointment. If you had a tooth removed at the same time, your downtime will likely be longer, 2-3 days is common.
I had a tooth removed many years ago, can I still get a dental implant?
After a tooth is removed, the jaw begins to get smaller in volume around that area every year. The answer to that question is therefore related to time. The longer you wait, the less support we have for an implant, and once enough is lost, grafts and other invasive procedures may be necessary. A quick 3D x-ray is all that is needed to determine whether you still have enough bone in the area of the missing tooth to place an implant back!
How many appointments does it take to get an implant?
Generally, it will take 3 or 4 appointments to have the implant and tooth completely finished. One appointment to get to know you and discuss where the implant will go. The second is to place the implant. It normally then takes 1 or 2 more quick appointments to take impressions and then to seat your implant crown.
I had an implant placed somewhere else already, can you restore it there?
We are able to restore many implants that have been placed in other offices. Please give us a call so we can have you in and evaluate the type and size of implant you had placed. It always helps if you can call the office that placed it and request the implant details for your implant. The restoring doctor will need these details to order the right components for your implant!
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