In the past, the most common method of replacing a missing tooth would be to prepare the teeth on either side of the space by shaping the teeth with a dental handpiece and then having a fixed bridge fabricated at a dental laboratory. We are able to offer the surgical placement of implants and restoration of the final crown entirely within our office.
Dental implants consists of three portions; an anchor which is implanted into your jaw, a post which is used to attach a prosthetic tooth and the porcelain crown. The implant is specially coated with a material which assists bone in stimulating bone formation at the interface between the implant and the bone surface. In the case of the NobelBiocare™ implant system, this material at the periphery is called “Ti-Unite.” This bone stimulation and formation at the interface is referred to as “osteogenesis.”
Replacement of Several Missing Teeth
The traditional method of replacing several teeth would be to fabricate a removable partial or full denture. The disadvantage of these types of prostheses is that they must be taken out at night, they look unnatural and can cause painful rubbing and irritation to the underlying soft tissues. You may also experience difficulty in eating certain foods.
Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial or full dentures to prevent slipping, irritation and pain associated with “floating” partials and dentures. With dental implants, your partial dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, causing them to feel much more like natural teeth. Patients often comment that dental implants appear and function like their natural teeth.
How complicated is the surgery?
Implant surgery is generally performed in two stages. The first stage involves placement of the implants into the available jawbone. This procedure is most commonly done under local anaesthesia, however adjunctive sedatives such as Benzodiazapines are available if required. It is complicated only in the fact that the surgery requires great precision. The operatory is set up similar to an operating room, with all equipment thoroughly sterilized.
Stage two involves the uncovering of the implants after they have integrated with the associated bone. This can be accomplished in a short appointment with minor gum surgery. There is minimal postoperative discomfort afterwards. You will be given appropriate analgesics as required in case of post-op pain. You will also be provided with postoperative instructions at the time of surgery and any questions you may have will also be answered at this time.
In certain cases we are able to insert the implant AND the crown at the same appointment the tooth is being removed, thereby reducing the recovery period substantially . A thorough examination and consult are performed prior to the surgery to evaluate the most appropriate method
How long is the implant process?
The Dental implants take approximately 3-4 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper to integrate. Once integrated, it takes several visits to complete the restoration depending upon the complexity of the particular case.
Call to arrange an appointment for evaluation in order to assess whether you are an appropriate candidate.