Dental Implant Procedures
Dental Associates Offers a Full Line of Dental Implant Procedures to Improve Your Smile
Congratulations! You’re making a life-changing decision that will renew your self-confidence and enhance your quality of life. With dental implants, you’ll correct your oral health problems including failing teeth, bad teeth, missing teeth, gum disease, and/or bad breath. Whether you replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth, or if you want to live your life denture-free, you can!
Here’s what to expect from the dental implant specialists at Dental Associates:
- Complimentary dental implant consultation
- Dental examination
- Dental implant placement procedures
- Restorative process
- Fabrication of permanent replacement teeth
- Maintenance & follow-up
Surgical and restorative procedures vary slightly depending on the treatment options and the number of teeth affected. If you’re missing all your teeth, or have dentures you want to replace, you may be a perfect candidate for the All-on-4 dental implants or TeethXpress dental implants.
Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation
After your initial inquiry, the next step is a consultation with a patient education specialist and a member of our clinical staff. Together we will determine your needs, assess your oral health, review your personal situation, discuss your medical history, and introduce treatment options based on your needs and your lifestyle. We will also review financing and timing. This consultation may also include digital imaging or other forms of examination using the latest technology to help get a complete synopsis of your case. This is all free, and we have this technology right in our own facility. This appointment may take 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the case itself.
Once your procedure is scheduled, your doctor will evaluate the area(s) of your mouth where teeth are missing, including the amount of bone available to support the placement of dental implants. Your doctor will also evaluate the quality and density of the bone in your jaw. We do this by taking a 3-D CT scan, and we may also take models of your teeth (called impressions) so that your doctor can create the ideal treatment plan for your specific condition. If you’re missing all your teeth, you may be scheduled for a consultation with a team of doctors who will review your case together and offer you the best treatment plan possible.
Your doctor will also determine whether additional procedures may be needed to obtain the desired function and aesthetic result. If you’ve already lost a significant amount of bone, your doctor will evaluate the possibility of grafting procedures to add bone, or create new bone. We will walk you through every step of the exam so you know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. This appointment may take one hour or a little more.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
Rest assured that you’ll receive the highest quality care when you come to Dental Associates for a dental implant procedure. In most situations, a 3-D CT scan is used alongside virtual planning software to design the implant placement and the replacement teeth, even before the procedure itself starts. This happens after the initial examination and, if needed, allows for temporary replacement teeth to be ready for you the day of surgery.
First, we’ll help you feel more comfortable by using a recommended sedation option. If necessary, we will extract any teeth prior to the implant placement. After those teeth are removed, we will place dental implants in the jaw bone using a gentle surgical technique. Then we’ll place replacement teeth onto the implants, and you’ll leave the office with teeth, all in one appointment!
In some instances, you and your doctor may decide that a more traditional approach to implant placement is best. With a traditional procedure, the newly-placed implants will be left undisturbed for a period of several weeks to a few months while the surrounding bone and soft tissue heal. During this bone-remodeling phase, the bone will grow and the tissue will shape around the implants to form a strong biological bond. In the meantime, we’ll place temporary teeth on the implants so you won’t have to leave the office toothless.
If your situation calls for the All-on-4, you’ll leave the office that day with a provisional dental implant-supported bridge. This is a temporary dental implant bridge designed to last up to six months. This six-month period will give time for your jaw to heal and will allow your dentist to create the permanent implant-supported bridge. In no longer than six months, you will get your permanent fixed teeth that will fit you perfectly. In the meantime, your temporary teeth will look and feel like real teeth and you’ll immediately see a dramatic change in your appearance and self-confidence.
Following the appropriate bone remodeling/healing period, we will attached a small connector post called an abutment to each implant. Your temporary teeth, and eventually the permanent replacement teeth, will attach to these abutments.
Fabrication of Permanent Replacement Teeth
Dental Associates has a custom dental laboratory that is fully-equipped to make your temporary teeth and your final teeth. We’ll take impressions of your new implants as well as the implant abutments, and we will then fabricate your replacement teeth as well as the underlying structures that will be attached to the implants. In addition, our experts will help you choose the appropriate shade for your replacement teeth so you can feel confident every time you smile. This process can sometimes be done the same day as the implant procedure, or one to two weeks after depending on the treatment option, number of missing teeth and the type of replacement teeth.
Maintenance and Follow-Up
Dental implants give you a permanent, lifelong smile, and it’s important to protect that new smile. Regular care for your dental implants requires daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups and cleanings at Dental Associates. Your dental implants look and act just like real teeth, as long as you treat them as you would your natural teeth, and you’ll have a beautiful smile for life.
All-on-4 Dental Implants Procedure
This unique implant dentistry procedure is very appealing to those who are missing all their natural teeth, have weak and broken teeth and/or are wearing dentures. After the initial consultation and 3-D imagining and planning, patients who qualify for this procedure can replace both an upper or lower denture with just four implants and get a full set of replacement teeth in as little as one clinical appointment. We typically perform an All-on-4 procedure without any bone grafting or other ancillary procedures, so it is an efficient and cost-effective means to getting a permanent, life-long smile.
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TeethXpress Dental Implants Procedure
Teeth Xpress dental implants offer another option for replacing all of your missing teeth. This procedure is more cost-effective than traditional dental implants because the replacement teeth are placed on as few as 4 dental implants per arch. This allows the bone to heal faster after the implants are placed, and the entire procedure typically costs less than traditional implants since there are less implants to place. TeethXpress dental implants allow you to replace all your missing teeth with less healing time and for less cost.
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