If you are missing teeth, dental implants provide a natural and permanent way to restore your smile. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Patients can chew, eat, and speak with confidence and in comfort when their teeth are replaced with dental implants. With dental implants, you will have no problem eating firmer foods like corn-on-the-cob, steak and crispy vegetables.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or all the missing teeth in an arch. As few as two implants can be used to stabilize your existing denture.
Most implants placed at our office are planned and the placement guided with special 3-D computer software. If the tooth is already missing, implant placement is a gentle process that typically requires micro-incisions and no sutures. There is minimal discomfort and a short recovery time. The placement of dental implants is a relatively minor surgery. Most patients experience very little postoperative discomfort, which is easily managed with appropriate pain medications.
If a tooth needs to be removed due to a hopeless condition, the dental implant can usually be gently placed immediately at the same time the tooth is removed.
CT-Scan & 3-D Computer Guided Implant Placement
Patients should never have a dental placed without first having a CT-Scan to determine the optimal implant placement. We utilize an in-office CT-Scanner to evaluate each patient prior to implant placement. In many cases, we use 3-D computer guidance to place implants. The implant process is planned in detail using special software and the dental CT-Scan. With 3-D computer guidence, a guide is made that ensures the correct placement of the dental implants.
Having Adequate Bone for Dental Implants
We have seen numerous patients that believe they do not have adequate bone for dental implant placement. We have found that most patients do have adequate bone, even if they have been told by a well meaning dentist that there is not enough bone available for implant placement. The use of 3-D computer planning allows us to plan ahead and make adjustments to take advantage of areas with adequate bone. There are several relatively simple procedures that can be used if needed to improve the bone foundation for future implant placement.