A Dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place, or to provide support for a denture. Dental implants 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 and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Reasons for a Dental Implant
Dental Implants are the answer for many people with missing or damaged teeth – they look and feel just like your own teeth. Implants enhance smiles and prevent bone loss that often accompanies dentures. Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
Implant Placement Procedure:
Dental Implants Can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need for a removable partial denture. This older technique of replacing a tooth utilized other teeth in the mouth and was destructive to healthy teeth.
Implants are placed into the jawbone. After this surgical treatment, the bone in the jaw attached to the implants, holding them firmly in place. The attachment of bone to the implant usually takes three to six months
Small Posts are attached to the implant, projecting through the gums. Several weeks after this second procedure the replacement crown can be fabricated.
Replacement teeth are created and securely attached to the small posts.
After Treatment is complete, brushing, flossing and regular professional dental care are essential to the success of the dental implant.
Choose The Right Treatment
Whether you need to replace one single tooth or several teeth or perhaps all of your teeth it does not matter because there is a particular procedure for each and every individual need. Below we have mentioned the 3 main types of implants.
- A single implant is the ultimate solution when you have a single tooth missing and would like an effective procedure conducted. By putting in a single implant in Dr. DeAndrade replaces your tooth with a permanent solution that looks and feels absolutely real.
- This procedure incorporates more than one tooth. We put multiple tooth implants directly in the bone where you have missing teeth. Following this the bone is protected and reinforced. This procedure does not involve or harm any of the surrounding teeth. Our implants will help in preventing any kind of future bone loss. The implants will help to retain your facial shape and structure because the implants will fill the large gaps that would have allowed your other teeth to move.
- Incorporating a full mouth restoration with dental implants means there will never be any issues similar to dentures. You will not have to be bothered about cleaning or forgetting to wear them, or any movement ever. This procedure restores each and every tooth in the upper and lower jaw. Here at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants we conduct a thorough oral examination before we go ahead with the process. During the exam our Dr DeAndrade checks your mouth thoroughly for any damage and he is an expert at the entire process.
The Procedure of Dental Implants
Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the bone has bonded to the implant, the second phase begins. Dr. De Andrade will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Pre and Post-Surgical Care
As with all of our surgeries we will spend individual time with you to discuss what to expect during your individual procedure both before and after your surgery. If you have any question never hesitate to contact us and please see our general literature we have on our website for pre-operative and post-operative care to answer most general questions.
Anthem Specializes in Implants
Dr. DeAndrade has received extensive training in Implantology. He has been certified in the diagnosis and placement of single implants, sinus lifts, immediate placement single and multiple implants for dentures as well as regenerative procedures necessary to prepare sites and maintain implants. Anthem Periodontics strives to train its staff with ongoing continuing education classes to ensure they understand the latest developments in the field of implantology and are overly prepared for every scenario that involves dental implants. Our Staff, Dr. DeAndrade and Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants looks forward to meeting you at our initial consultation to change your life with dental implants.