Dental Implant Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Ueno, Dr. Chung or Dr. Litch is able to place an implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures. An in-house CT-scan is taken at the Ueno Center to ensure that you are a candidate for this proceudre. If you are a candidate for an “immediate implant,” in addition to having your implant placed on the day of extraction, in some cases, a temporary tooth can be built upon the implant! This way you leave the office with a tooth that looks and feels natural. Following the appropriate healing period, your restorative dentist will make you the new permanent tooth.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between a periodontist and a restorative dentist. Dr. Ueno, Dr. Chung or Dr. Litch performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis which should look and feel like your own natural tooth!