Dental Implants

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

Dental implants 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 and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Dr. Wang and Dr. Vest received extensive training in Implantology. They have been successfully placing implants since 1993. Through continuing education, Dr. Wang and Dr. Vest keep abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.

Implant Evaluation

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

In more extensive cases, Drs. Wang and Vest employ the use of a three dimensional scan to fully evaluate and treat a case. The process starts when a CAT scan is taken of the patient’s jawbone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a 3-D model of the jawbone that can then be used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The outcome is more accurate implant placement and less chair time for the patient at the surgery office and consequently reduced post-operative discomfort.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Procedures

Dental implants are metal (titanium) anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone and will be used to support crowns, bridges and dentures.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone.

In some cases a second surgery may be needed if a two stage procedure was indicated. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are healing beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. A patient should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has osseointegrated or bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Wang / Dr. Vest will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Two weeks later the restorative dentist will be able to start making the new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or abutments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or abutments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Typically patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.