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 are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
Our practice utilizes state of the art computer guided dental implant surgery utilizing Cone Beam CT (cat scan) technology. This technology provides our doctors with a highly accurate 3-D radiographic image for your dental implant surgery.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed in your jawbone. For the next 4 to 6 months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of your gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. During this same time, there is a temporary healing abutment which will be connected to the dental implant. This will slightly protrude through the surface of the gum tissue. You are most often able to wear temporary dentures or teeth and are able to eat a relatively normal diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your general restorative dentist will now place the final tooth on your dental implant at this time. When the final teeth are placed, the implant within the bone is not seen. Most patients experience minimal disruption or pain during the entire surgical and restorative procedure.
After the implant is placed, it will require some undisturbed healing time to integrate into the bone. A temporary healing abutment of the exact same diameter and tissue height as the final natural profile abutment is placed. This abutment is removed when the final abutment and restoration are placed.
Temporary Tooth Replacement
Often times, if an implant is placed for one of the front teeth, you may prefer not to walk around without a tooth. Discuss temporary tooth replacement with both your dentist and oral surgeon for available options regarding immediate temporary tooth replacement.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Hawkins, Dr. Miller, Dr. Triggs, Dr. Darling, Dr. Radich and Dr. Smith are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, and temporary teeth can be placed almost immediately on them in many circumstances. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While the oral and maxillofacial surgeon 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.
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
The doctors perform in-office implant surgery most often in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing patient comfort and convenience as well as a high level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia (lower leg / knee region).
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth whether its a new situation or something you have lived with for years chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types of Restoration?
There are several reasons why dental implants are advantageous for you versus fixed dental bridges, partials, or dentures. You are welcome to discuss these advantages with your general restorative dentist and your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
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What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone grafting can be performed in our office suite under either IV sedation or local anesthesia.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
Milwaukee Oral Surgery & Implants, Ltd
Patient Review By Joanne A
Dr. Hawkins was so wonderful, the work that he does is first rate and he never will settle for "good enough". It was a three year journey for me from the start of the removal of two of my front teeth, bone graphs and gum tissue graphs, implant studs in and patience to ensure the best outcome. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and personable that I always felt comfortable and in good hands. My final appointment at my dentist was on 12/30/16 and the final product was three implants and a smile so big that will be everlasting!
- Joanne A