Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and can also provide a fixed support for a removable partial or complete dentures.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or periodontist (a specialist of the gums and supporting bone.) The porcelain teeth attached to the titanium implants are extraordinarily natural looking, strong and stable, and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore a patient’s confident smile
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore or enhance facial tissues
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
What does getting dental implants involve?
Dr. Shaikh and her team utilize the very latest in digital dentistry, ensuring precision placement of dental implants through the use of 3D digital x-rays and computer-guided surgery. The resulting tooth restoration is more accurate, stable and takes less time to complete and heal.
Dental implants are placed gradually, step by step. The process is completed over several months, though patients can be provided with temporary teeth that look quite natural while preparations are made for the implants. The temporary teeth allow patients to eat and function like normal almost immediately while they wait for the process to be completed.
A dental implant has three parts. Part one, the body of the implant, is placed first and allowed to heal. Then parts two and three, the post and the new tooth, are placed. The process looks like this:
At the first appointment, 3D x-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Dentist utilizes Galileos 3D imaging for the highest x-ray image quality. One 14 second scan results in 200 individual exposures that show a patient’s teeth, bone structure and anatomical features, which enables clear navigation and certainty in diagnosis and treatment.
At the next appointment, an anesthetic is used to numb the area, then the implant (an anchor for the new tooth) is surgically placed into the jawbone using a highly accurate computer-generated guide. The area is then allowed to stabilize and heal for a few months.
Next, a final impression is taken, and a few weeks later the new tooth is placed to complete the process.
The patient will receive care instructions when treatment is completed. With good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits, the new implants will last many years.