Permanently Replace Your Missing Teeth with Natural-Looking Dental Implants
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant. Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases, a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, Drs. Jason E. Jenny, Michael J. Downie and Christopher E. Koehn offer a variety of treatment options to replace a full mouth or full arch of teeth.
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.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Jenny, Dr. Downie and Dr. Koehn are able to place single-stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time 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. Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Jenny, Downie and Koehn 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.
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Dental Implants FAQs
What are Zygomatic Dental Implants?
If you have been told you are not a candidate for dental implants due to insufficient bone in your upper jaw, you may be a candidate for Zygomatic Dental Implants. Zygomatic Dental Implants are different from traditional implants in that they are much longer and tilted, our team of doctors has the extensive experience, expertise, and training required to place these special implants. While some patients choose Zygomatic Implants as an alternative to Dental Implants with Bone Grafting, we always recommend you schedule a consultation to speak with your oral surgeon to choose the best treatment option for your individual needs.