Dental Implant 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.
What Are 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, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement 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.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Banghart and Dr. Waisath 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. Dr. Banghart or Dr. Waisath 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.
Why are so many people getting implants?
Implants are the most state-of-the art method of replacing teeth. Implants are permanent fixtures that are commonly used for single tooth replacements and are considered superior to a conventional bridge. Implants can also be used to stabilize dentures to “lock” the denture to the jaw for a more real and natural feel without using denture adhesive.
Would I be able to get the extraction and implant placed the same day?
This is a decision made by the doctor at the time of extraction based on the amount of bone loss.
Does the oral surgeon put the crown on the tooth after the implant is placed?
No, this treatment is provided by your general dentist.
How long do I have to wait to get a tooth placed on my implant?
It generally takes two to three months following the placement for an implant to be ready for the final restoration.
Do I need a bone graft if I want an implant in the future?
A bone graft is highly recommended following a tooth extraction because it accelerates bone healing and provides a better environment for placing an implant.