Dental Implants

Frequently Asked Questions about Implants:

  • What are dental implants?
  • How can I benefit from dental implants?
  • How are dental implants placed?
  • I’m missing several teeth are dental implants an option for me?
  • What if I’m missing my entire teeth can I still benefit from dental implants?
  • What is involved during dental implant consultation and treatment planning?
  • How many visits will the dental implant treatment take?
  • Are there any disadvantages associated with dental implants?
  • Will I be without my teeth during the healing process?
  • How long have dental implants been used to replace missing teeth?
  • Can I pay in installments?

 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The dental implant procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, though it also is a form of cosmetic surgery.
By replacing missing tooth roots, implants offer more than an esthetic enhancement, providing people with the strength and durability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants.
In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.

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How can I benefit from dental implants?

Whether you are missing a single tooth or several missing teeth dental implants might be your best option in restoring optimum esthetics and function.
Implants are considered a permanent and fixed replacement for missing teeth. Implants resemble your natural tooth closer than any other option available in modern dentistry. They are fixed, look natural and beautiful and function just like your natural tooth would. You can eat and enjoy your food, and have a beautiful smile at the same time. Another benefit of implants over conventional removable dentures is that they don’t change the taste of your food. Also unlike bridges implants are on anchored in your jaw bone and not on their adjacent teeth. As a result you don’t have to compromise any of your remaining teeth when you get implants. Another great feature of Implants is that they can enhance your smile and prevent sunken facial appearance.

 

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants replace the root of the missing tooth or teeth. They are first placed in either one or two stage surgery which will depend on your particular case and decided by Dr. Tavana during your initial Free consultation. During the one stage surgery the original piece that the final crown is attached to will be placed at the same time as the implant itself. Sometimes the piece that anchors the crown to the implant will be placed during a second stage surgery.

The dental implant procedure:
Today's dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone. Implants are typically placed in a single sitting but require a period of osseointegration.
Osseointegration is the process by which direct anchorage of a dental implant root and the bone of the jaw occurs. Osseointegrated implants are the most commonly used and successful type of dental implant. An osseointegrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal, at which point your dentist can complete the procedure with the placement of a crown. Once the implant has anchored with the jawbone, artificial prosthesis may be attached and the process is done. If osseointegration does not occur, the implant will fail.

The following video will give you an idea of how implants are generally placed, although some steps are different based on every patient’s particular case:


 

I’m missing several teeth are implants an option for me?

Yes. Implants supported fixed bridge is an excellent option in many cases to replace missing teeth. Depending on how many teeth you are missing and whether you are missing them in the front or in the back, several implants will be placed as anchorage where artificial teeth that look like your natural teeth can be attached to.

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What if I’m missing my entire teeth can I still benefit from implants?

Yes. If you are missing all your teeth you can replace your teeth with either implant supported overdentures:

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Or implant supported fixed bridge which will be supported for instance by four implants:

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What is involved during implant consultation and treatment planning?

To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation in our office is needed.
We offer a complementary Free consultation appointment. During this Free consultation appointment, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This may involve a combination of X-rays and computed tomography scans (CT scans) to ensure that sufficient bone structure exists for placing the implant(s), and to determine the exact location the implant should be placed.
Based on the condition of your oral tissues, oral hygiene and personal habits, and your commitment to follow your dentist's aftercare instructions, Dr. Tavana will advise you of your most appropriate dental implant treatment plan.

Some patients with insufficient bone or gum tissue require bone or soft tissue grafts, and/or the use of small diameter implants (also called mini implants).
Your treatment plan could involve the immediate placement of an implant and restoration at the same appointment, or require separate procedures to place the implant, allow healing and then place the restoration. In some instances, a series of procedures may be required to place tissue and bone grafting materials, allow time for healing, place the implant and allow it to integrate with your bone, and then place the restoration.

Depending on your situation, Dr. Tavana will advise you of how long the entire treatment process will take, how many appointments will be necessary and what you can expect after each procedure.

How many visits will the implant treatment take?

Number of visits is entirely case dependent which will be discussed during your free consultation appointment with Dr. Tavana. It depends on several factors including on the amount of bone support present and the condition of your oral tissues, how well your tissues heal after implant placement and how fast new bone forms to anchor the implant into your jaw. A lot of the factors involved are patient based and once you come in for your Free consultation we will be able to give you a better idea.

Are there any disadvantages associated with dental implants?

Dental implants like any other dental procedure are case base and the treatment outcome is influenced by several factors including patient co-operation in following dentist’s instructions. Sometimes despite the best technical placement, and best materials dental implants fail due to several factors including infection, lack of proper osseointegration after placement or even fracture. These risks are minimal however, and to reduce these adverse outcomes Dr. Tavana has taken several steps including ensuring technical excellence and choosing one of the best implant systems on the market NobleBiocare. Overall dental implants are considered very successful procedures with a success rate of over 95% and most importantly they prevent your jaw bone from further deterioration.

Will I be without teeth during the healing process?

No, you don’t have to be. Although it is case specific, most of patients can and do choose to get some type of temporary prosthesis to replace the missing teeth as the implant site heals.

How long have dental implants been used to replace missing teeth?

Implants have been around since 1956, and are considered to be a routine treatment in modern dentistry. The literature suggests that dental implants have an overall success rate of over 95%.

Can I pay in installments?

Absolutely. We can apply for CareCredit for you. Once you qualify, you can pay little by little over a period of several months depending on what works best for you.

 

 

Tooth Loss

Teeth are lost because of:

  • Tooth decay
  • Root canal failure
  • Gum disease (Periodontitis)
  • Trauma to the mouth (tooth injury)
  • Excessive wear and tear
  • Congenital defects
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People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and this can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition. Regardless of the nature of problems related to tooth loss, dental implants may provide a simple remedy with proven results.

Dental Implants Consultation and Treatment Planning

To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation in our office is needed. During this appointment, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This may involve a combination of X-rays and computer tomography scans (CT scans) to ensure that sufficient bone structure exists for placing the implant(s), and to determine the exact location the implant should be placed.
Based on the condition of your oral tissues, oral hygiene and personal habits, and your commitment to follow your dentist's aftercare instructions, your dentist will advise you of your most appropriate dental implant treatment plan. Some patients with insufficient bone or gum tissue require bone or soft tissue grafts, and/or the use of small diameter implants (also called mini implants).
Your treatment plan could involve the immediate placement of an implant and restoration at the same appointment, or require separate procedures to place the implant, allow healing and then place the restoration. In some instances, a series of procedures may be required to place tissue and bone grafting materials, allow time for healing, place the implant and allow it to integrate with your bone, and then place the restoration. Depending on your situation, your dental professional will advise you of how long the entire treatment process will take, how many appointments will be necessary and what you can expect after each procedure.
The consultation also will include discussion of options for local anesthesia (to numb the affected and surrounding areas) and sedation dentistry, if necessary

The Dental Implant Procedure

Today's dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone. Implants are typically placed in a single sitting but require a period of osseointegration.
Osseointegration is the process by which direct anchorage of a dental implant root and the bone of the jaw occurs. Osseointegrated implants are the most commonly used and successful type of dental implant. An osseointegrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal, at which point your dentist can complete the procedure with the placement of a crown. Once the implant has anchored with the jawbone, artificial prosthesis may be attached and the process is done. If osseointegration does not occur, the implant will fail


Detailed procedural steps are as follows:

Preparing the Jaw for Implantation: A dental implant restoration is commonly composed of a titanium material screw and a crown. A small-diameter hole (pilot hole) is drilled at edentulous (where there is no tooth) jaw sites in order to guide the titanium screw that holds a dental implant in place. To avoid damaging vital jaw and face structures like the inferior alveolar nerve in the mandible (lower jaw), a dentist must use great skill and expertise when boring the pilot hole and sizing the jaw bone.

Placement of the Implant: After the initial pilot hole has been drilled into the appropriate jaw site, it is slowly widened to allow for placement of the implant screw. Once in place, surrounding gum tissue is secured over the implant and a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the site to heal and osseointegration to occur. After up to six months of healing, your dentist will uncover the implant and attach an abutment (which holds the crown or tooth-like replacement) to the implant.  In some cases, the abutment may be attached during the initial procedure. When the abutment is in place, your dentist then will create a temporary crown. The temporary crown serves as a template around which the gum grows and shapes itself in a natural way. The process is completed when the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown.

Dental Implants Recovery and Aftercare
Dental implant recovery depends on a number of factors, including the various procedures required to complete your treatment. However, it is generally recognized that once an implant has been placed, maintaining diligent oral hygiene habits is required to ensure proper fusing of the implant and bone structure. Failure to floss and brush is a leading cause of implant failure, and infection can occur if the implant and surrounding areas are not cleaned properly. Smoking also is attributed to high failure rates with dental implants and should be avoided following implant procedures.
When dental implants are used to support crown restorations (like individual teeth), the entire treatment procedure may take anything from three to nine months to complete.
Healing from the surgical procedure to place the dental implant(s) takes up to six months, while the fitting and seating of the crown(s) can take up to two months. Again, this timeframe depends on individual cases and treatments. Follow-up appointments with your treatment coordinators are essential for monitoring your progress. Additionally, even after the abutment and crown, bridge or implant-supported denture have been placed, routine follow-up appointments and cleanings still are required with your dentist and hygienist to ensure the longevity of your treatment.
If cared for properly, an implant restoration can remain in place for more than 40 years. It is generally recognized that once an implant has been placed, maintaining diligent oral hygiene habits is required to ensure proper fusing of the implant and bone structure. Failure to floss and brush is a leading cause of implant failure, and infection can occur if the implant and surrounding areas are not cleaned properly.

Implant Surgery Follow-up Care
After the initial surgical procedure, discomfort should be minimal. Swelling of your gums and face may occur, as well as minor bleeding and bruising of the implant site. Prescription pain medications may be prescribed by your dentist to relieve any pain or discomfort you feel after the procedure.
For five to seven days after surgery, your diet should be restricted to soft foods. If stitches are present, they may need to be removed by your dentist; however, self-dissolving stitches that do not require removal are typically used.

If provisional restorations were placed along with the dental implant, it will be important to clean them as you would your natural teeth to ensure the best possible healing and fusing of the implant.

 
If you have any more questions we have an option “free consultation for implant”. You are always welcome in our office.

 

Services List

  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures/ Partial Dentures
  • Bonding/ White Fillings
  • Root Canal Treatment
  • Extractions
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Child Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Hygiene/Periodontal Health

 

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