Dental Implants Are Ideal To Replace Missing, Broken or Damaged Teeth.
Dental implants can be explained as follows: If you know what an anchor is and how it is used to hold a picture on a wall, then you can understand how a dental implant, a sophisticated screw, can be used to hold a tooth in your jaw.
Typically, dental implants (excluding the actual restoration) have a starting cost around between $1500 – $2000 dollars for each tooth. If you have dentures, bridges, broken or damaged teeth dental implants could be a great investment for your smile. This procedure has very low failure rates. If a failure was to occur, chances are that there was an undetected bacterial infection during the install of the implant, inadequate bone to support the implant or operator error. With all of these possibilities, dental implants have success rates in the high 90 percent range. Truly a great alternative to removable dentures or no teeth at all.
Dental Implant Time Frame
Timeframes needed to complete the dental implant procedure have a few contributing factors. One such factor is state of the jawbone. If the doctor needs more jawbone to work with, bone grafting may be required. This process must be completed and healed before the dental implant can be installed.
Osseointegration is a process where a titanium post is screwed into the jawbone much like placing a screw in a wall. This must be left for 3-6 months so that the bone can fuse around it. The length of time depends on whether the implant is placed in the upper jaw (6 mos. healing) or the lower jaw (3-4 mos. healing)
Once the healing has completed, the doctor will make a cast of the mouth. Then a custom made abutment and a ceramic tooth will be made to match the existing shape and color of the teeth.
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How are they Done?
Before an implant can be placed we will need to do a thorough diagnosis and treatment planning. This normally involves a full series of x-rays, a panoramic x-ray, possibly a dental CtScan, study cast impressions and a clinical examination. Once it has been decided that an implant is the treatment of choice, an incision is made in the gum and an implant, shaped much like a screw, is placed in the jaw bone.
Approximately 3 – 6 months later the implant which has been submerged below the gum, will have integrated into bone.
(Osseointegration is the name of the process) and will be uncovered. Either a temporary cap or a healing cap will be placed at that time. We will also takes impressions for the final restoration.
Approximately one – two weeks later a finished crown (cap) will be placed. These caps are NEVER permanently cemented but rather they are inserted with a transitional cement so that in case there is ever a need we can get back to the implant.
Is it Painful?
Normally the procedure is no more uncomfortable than minor gum surgery. You may experience some small amount of swelling or some other normal result of surgery. These situations can normally be easily managed with simple analgesics.
How Long Does it Take for them to Work?
Implants placed in the upper jaw need about 6 – 8 months to heal due to the relatively soft nature of upper jaw bone. Lower jaw implants need only 3-4 months to heal due to the more dense nature of lower jaw bone.
What is the Success Rate?
Success rates obviously vary from individual to individual and even within the same person relative to the type of bone, location and general health of the individual. Smoking is a definite problem when implant healing is concerned. Osseointegration, the latest form of implant placement, has been done for over twenty years and boasts very high success rates in healthy, non-smoking patients.
Should you have any additional questions please either email or call. We will be happy to help in any way we can to assist you in making the appropriate treatment decision.
Am I a Candidate?
Today there are relatively few contraindications to implant placement. Some of these include uncontrolled diabetes, blood dyscrasias (bleeding problems), autoimmune diseases and lack of adequate bone support. Smokers tend to have poor healing ability and therefore it is preferred that implant patients be non-smokers whenever possible. For other contraindications, we will need to discuss this further during your pre-treatment consultation.
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Dental Implant Testimonial
by Michael R.
I have had dental problems all of my life. when I was 18 years old I had almost all of my teeth capped (15 of them) and pontics (14 of them). They did not last and I had them done again. They also broke leaving me with false teeth on the top and 7 missing teeth on the bottom. I started seeing Doctor Ganz at 50 years old. he did a full mouth reconstruction that came out perfect. I am almost 64 years old now and had 15 wonderful years with my new teeth. For the first time in my life I can eat and • • •