Dental Implants

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They 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, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

What Are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure, but sometimes two procedures are needed.

 

One surgical procedure implants starts when an implants is placed within your jawbone and attach is a small heal abutment protrude through the gums, fallowed by a healing time of about three months. During this time you are able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. After healing a restorative dentist removes the healing abutment and attaches small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen.

 

Two surgical procedures start first with implants being 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 dentist is forming new replacement teeth.

 

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Perino or Dr. Funderburk will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen.

 

The entire procedure usually takes three to six months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

 

Dental Implants 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.

Dental Implants Presentation

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Perino & Dr. Funderburk 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 implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.

Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Perino or Dr. Funderburk perform 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.

What Types Of Implant Replacement Teeth Are Available?

A crown is used to replace one missing tooth each crown attaches to its own implant. A fixed bridge can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. An implant retained denture replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of false teeth(removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable denture attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Dr. Perino & Dr. Funderburk perform in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.

Dental Implant Overview

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Dental Implant Overview

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Why Dental Implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you have several missing teeth whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons:
Implants are a very healthy tooth replacement option. They never decay or become abscessed.
Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? Dental implants are very close in cost to a bridge, but will last longer than a bridge.
In addition, removing a denture or a partial at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing. An implant-supported denture can provide stability and slow down or prevent bone loss.

Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?

Whether you are needing to replace one tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth, dental implants are a healthy solution. With the exception of growing children, over 90% of people missing teeth are good candidates for implants. If you are considering implants, Dr. Perino or Dr. Funderburk must examine your mouth thoroughly and review your medical and dental history to determine the dental implant solution right for you.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

What is the Cost of Dental Implants?

Dental implant cost varies greatly depending on the number and type of dental implants needed for your specific treatment. On your first visit to our specialty practice, Dr. Perino or Dr. Funderburk will evaluate and consult with you to determine the best dental treatment plan for you We will then provide you with a treatment plan estimate to restore your healthy smile.