Dental Implants

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Dental implants offer an attractive and comfortable solution and provide a permanent replacement option that looks and feels like a real tooth. Dental implants can also be used to support bridges, creating a fixed option for patients who prefer to not wear removable dentures or partial dentures. Or, dental implants can be placed to help stabilize removable dentures, increasing their retention and helping to retain the bone. Dental implants have many benefits and can be utilized in lots of ways depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the goals of the patient, and the volume of bone remaining.

They are manufactured "anchors" made mostly of titanium, that look like cylinders or screws and are attached to the jawbone and gum tissue to become a stable base for one or more custom artificial replacements.  They do not come loose like dentures and they do not need to be anchored to other teeth like bridges– meaning no adjacent teeth need to be prepared to hold your new replacement in place. Treatment generally takes 3-6 months, depending on whether you need an extraction first, or if the site is already healed when you begin.

 

First, the failing tooth will be extracted, and the socket is grafted to preserve the ridge of bone and keep it a favorable site for future implant placement. After the extraction site has healed and the bone graft has integrated for three months, a digital scan of your mouth is taken along with a 3D x-ray and both are used to digitally plan your implant surgery.  A custom surgical guide will be fabricated to ensure that the implant is placed precisely where Dr. Amin planned. The implant is placed in the bone and a healing cap is inserted into the implant to prevent gum tissue and other debris from entering. The implant will need to integrate with the bone for about three months and you may or may not wish to wear something temporarily to replace your missing tooth during this healing phase. After the implant has successfully integrated with your bone, the healing cap will be removed and a custom abutment and crown that has been created to match the shape, color, fit, and size of your other teeth is attached to the implant.   

Patients with missing teeth that make excellent candidates for dental implants should have healthy gums, strong jaw bones, and strong commitments to their dental treatment plan and at-home, personal oral hygiene care.  Juveniles, pregnant women, heavy smokers, excessive alcohol drinkers, substance abusers, and patients with chronic diseases, such as hemophilia, immune deficiencies, and uncontrolled diabetes do not make good candidates for this type of treatment. After a thorough evaluation that may include an examination of your mouth and teeth, review of your medical histories, radiographs (xrays), and periodontal charting, As  dentist and periodontist, Dr. Amin will analyze the amount of bone in your jaw, its shape and where the nerves and sinuses are. You will be provided options, procedure details, costs, and a personalized treatment plan that focuses on your preference and individual case.  If you are looking to improve your self-esteem, along with your oral health and hygiene, dental implants may be the perfect option for you. 

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