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.
About Dental Implants
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.
Today, 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?
Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone and replace the structure of the root where natural teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation to attach teeth constructed by your general dentist
Implants preserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
The placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Following surgery, the implants are allowed to integrate with the bone for a period of two to six months. If needed, there are options available to temporarily replace missing teeth during this healing process.
At the end of this waiting period an abutment is attached to your implant which acts as a support for the final restoration. An abutment is a small metal post that extends out of the implant.
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Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. DeDecker is often able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of eight weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. In some situations the doctor is able to place the implant at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
What Role Will My General Dentist Play in the Implant Process?
We prefer to include your restorative dentist in the process of placing implants. This preserves the trust that you have already established with your dentist and allows him to remain in the loop of your dental health. While Dr. DeDecker performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, your dentist fits and makes the permanent restoration. Throughout the implant process we keep your dentist informed through written and verbal communication. Your dentist will also make any temporary appliance needed during the implant process.
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single restoration, much like a crown is used to replace one missing tooth each individual restoration attaches to its own implant. A restoration much like a fixed bridge can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. To replace a full set of missing teeth, a restoration much like a denture is attached to multiple implants which provide the stability needed.
For patients who have been living with removable dentures for years, your denture can be modified to attach to implants. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist. These restorations may be removable for cleaning or they can be attached and function as permanent restorations. This allows the patient with dentures to enjoy a new found sense of security
Dr DeDecker performs dental implant surgeries, in-office, in a hospital-style operating suite, 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.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants can restore quality of life to anyone with missing teeth. Not only will they restore chewing ability, but they also give you a reason to smile again. When you lose teeth whether its 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.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding healthy teeth to bridge a space? Why live with the inconvenience of removing a denture or a partial at night, and why live with a denture that will not stay secure in your mouth making eating an embarrassment not to mention the clicking sound that can occur when speaking to someone because a denture does not fit properly.
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants we need to perform a thorough examination of your mouth and review your medical and dental history. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of our dental implant patients choose to use local anesthesia when placing dental implants, however, if you prefer IV sedation is always a choice.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants require good at home dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing and regular appointments with a dental professional. If good dental health practices are followed your implants can last a life time.
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Very professional staff and Dr. DeDecker did a wonderful job. The whole environment is very comfortable.
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Thanks for such great care! Dr. DeDecker is awesome! And so is all his staff!
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Patient Review By Peggy H
Dr. DeDecker is very knowledgeable and skilled. He has replaced 2 teeth for me. I have had no problems with them and am very pleased with his work. He has always taken the time to answer my questions and help me understand the procedure. I highly recommend him.
- Peggy H