Dental Implants

Dental Implants: Replacement Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own
What Dental Implants Can Do?
Types of Implants in Use Today


Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
  • Esthetic  
  • Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.

  • Tooth-saving  
  • Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

  • Confidence  
  • Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.

  • Reliable  
  • The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
    Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

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    What Is Treatment Like?
    This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. Click for more information about the treatment options described below.
    • Replacing Several Teeth   If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

    • Replacing All of Your Teeth   If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

    • Sinus Augmentation   A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.

    • Ridge Modification   Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
    What Can I Expect After Treatment?

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    Implants Post-Op Instructions

    Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.

    Bleeding

    Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.

    Swelling

    Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.

    Diet

    Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids, spicy, fat and hot food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.

    Pain and Antibiotics

    Be sure to take the prescribed pain medication and antibiotics as directed to help prevent infections.

    Oral hygiene

    Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. After breakfast and before sleep. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out, and do not eat, drink or rinse in the next 30 minutes. You have to buy  a extra soft brush teeth, do not touch where the stitches are.

    Activity

    Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery, if you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise. Do not expose to high temperatures (oven, machines, iron, stove) etc.

    Wearing your prosthesis

    Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery and for at least 10 days. This was discussed in the pre-operative consultation.

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