What are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?
Dental implants are posts that replace missing teeth. Once surgically placed into the jaw by one of our skilled dentists, these posts fuse naturally with living bone. This bonding process, known as osseointegration, allows for your dental implant(s) to become a permanent part of your jaw. This is possible because the titanium material used for implants is biocompatible, meaning the body accepts them. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that offers lasting security for your customized crown, bridge, or denture restoration. Dental implants can replace one to all of your teeth:
- crowns for replacing a single missing tooth
- bridges for replacing multiple missing teeth
- partial and complete dentures for replacing many or all teeth.
With our CEREC milling machine, we can craft custom crown and bridge restorations in our office to help complete your dental implant treatment as efficiently as possible! This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide truly comprehensive care to rebuild your smile.
What Can I Expect from Dental Implant Placement?
Dental implants can be an ideal solution for many adults and seniors who are in good oral and overall health. Treatment begins with a thorough exam of your smile and gums, a series of digital x-rays, and a detailed discussion about your needs and expectations for your procedure.
If gum disease is present, we will treat this issue first. We offer surgical procedures with dental lasers and non-surgical deep cleaning to treat gum disease. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line while also eliminating infection from the gums and tooth roots. ARESTIN antibiotic maintenance cleanings may be necessary three to four times a year, depending on severity.
In addition to examining your oral health, our dentists must also determine the health of your jawbone. A healthy and full jawbone is essential for successful dental implant placement and treatment results. If bone density is weak or there is limited space, our dentists can perform bone grafts, sinus lifts , and other procedures to add bone material to the jaw.
Our dentists place dental implants with precision and skill. Innovative technologies, such as our CT scanners and 3D printer, produce advanced surgical guides that allow for accurate placement. With these state-of-the-art tools, we can determine the right positioning and angle for your implants. Healing time after your implant surgery can take anywhere from four to six months, depending on your specific case.
The Computer-Guided Implant Process:
Dr. Ravens utilizes the latest technologies for guided dental implant surgery. During your consultation appointment, he will take all the necessary radiographs to evaluate your mouth for dental implants using a digital Carestream 9000 CBCT machine. He will then take a digital impression of your teeth using his CEREC camera. This information is combined and your surgery is planned virtually. Utilizing the latest 3-D Printers, he will fabricate a surgical guide custom fit to your mouth that will allow the implant to be placed in the proper location and decrease surgery time.
Guided surgery has an enormous benefit over traditional implant surgery. Dr. Ravens lectures on the process and benefits of guided dental implant surgery for BlueSkyBio, a dental implant company. His lectures are held under the tutelage of Dr. Arun Garg, found of Implant Seminars, the leading dental implant educator in America. He offers free consultations and necessary radiographs for those interested in exploring their options for replacing missing teeth.
The above show the virtual treatment plan. We are able to safely avoid the sinus. The created surgical guide allowed us to place the implant according to our plan. Our x-ray taken after surgery shows the accuracy of guided implant surgery. The surgery was completed in approximately fifteen minutes.
Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants provide options that are most like natural teeth.
Dental implants may help your overall quality of life by:
• Minimizing oral bone loss
• Preserving your natural facial contour and appearance
• Reducing the potential compromise to adjacent healthy teeth
• Restoring self esteem and self confidence
• Providing options to enjoy a wide variety of food again
• Improved nutrition