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.
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, such as socket shielding and osseo densification, Dr. Freimuth is able to place single stage implants. Some single stage implants can be placed immediately into extraction sites and restored with a temporary crown on the same day. This significantly reduces the surgical procedures and the time needed until final crowns can be placed. Single stage implants with healing abutments do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of twelve weeks of healing time before the final crowns are placed.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Freimuth performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, bone grafting and soft tissue grafting, if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent crowns or dentures. Your dentist will also make any temporary crowns or dentures needed during the implant process.