Dental implants have become the state of the art method for the replacement of missing teeth. They allow for almost complete restoration of the function and natural appearance of teeth that have been lost. Dental implants are small, titanium cylinders about the size of a tooth root. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Once in place, they actually stop the process of bone deterioration that would occur if the teeth were not replaced.
Dental implants can change the way you think about your smile! They have helped many people rediscover the joy of eating and smiling without fear and embarrassment!
Evaluation for Dental Implants
We start with a thorough evaluation of your oral condition and needs. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Baldone. We will help to formulate a plan that is specific to your needs.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are made of a special type of Titanium metal. The materials used have been proven safe and effective in hundreds of university studies, and in many thousands of cases over the past 20 to 30 years. These studies show a success rate of between 96 to 99% in 5 years of use. This is one of the highest levels of predictability of all dental procedures, and is higher than many tooth supported procedures.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. A small healing collar is attached to the top of the implant, to allow for the gum to begin to shape around the visible part. Dr. Baldone can then start making your new teeth. Using new 3D mapping and milling techniques, custom made supports are fabricated that allow for custom shaped supports that mimic the natural appearance and function of your teeth. Once the replacement teeth are made, they are permanently attached to the implants, and you can begin to eat with your new teeth! Our team is very comfortable with these techniques, and we restore implants regularly in our practice. The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.