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What are Dental Implants

Do you have denture problems? Missing teeth?

You can eat and speak with confidence! Partial and even full dentures can be replaced with beautiful fixed porcelain bridges. Dental Arts has offered dental implants since 1986.

Dental implants are Titanium post placed into the bone to replace missing roots where teeth have been lost. Implants are used to replace one or several missing teeth such as with “fixed” crowns and bridges. They can also be used to anchor Removable Full and Partial Dentures that are loose. The implant itself is placed into the bone and not visible above the gum line. There are different types of attachments that screw into the implant and exit above the gum line. The visible attachments anchor the crown, fixed bridge, partial or full denture. Implants can actually be stronger and more stable than our own roots. Different types of attachments are shown in the drawing below alongside of a tooth and its root.


Benefits of dental implants?

Implants are fused firmly to the jawbone offering stable support for artificial teeth. The secure fit allows replacement teeth to feel more natural than traditional dentures and partials.

The increased stability is a great benefit when eating and speaking.

Some people struggle with artificial teeth (dentures) that slip and create sores in the mouth. Anchoring these dentures with implants can avoid those problems.

One doesn’t have to prepare adjacent teeth for traditional crown and bridge to replace a missing tooth.  The tooth can be anchored to an implant without touching the adjacent teeth.


Procedures Involved.

First you must have a thorough Dental exam and review of your Medical History. This includes proper x-rays to evaluate the bone sites that are planned for implant placement.  X-rays used are “digital” at DENTAL ARTS, allowing for some interesting enhancements.

Second, we evaluate the “Prosthetic Goal”.  This simply means what type of replacement teeth do you desire or are capable of having.  This usually involves study models of your upper and lower jaws where a “mock” set up of the proposed replacement teeth is done.

Next, the implants are placed into the jaws using local anesthesia. They need to be precisely aligned to satisfy the design requirements of the replacement teeth. It is a painless procedure that involves specific pre and post-op instructions.

Then, after adequate time to allow for the bone to firmly attach to the implant (usually 2-4 months, but sometimes much sooner in specific cases), your Dental Arts team will begin the process of making your teeth.

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, or if you have specific questions, please feel free to contact us at 315-797-2555.


Dental Implant Examples

A.  A full denture that is loose and causing sore spots, especially one that cannot be worn at all, is the most compromising dental problem. There are two solutions to this problem that use dental implants.

 

dentalimplants11.  An "Overdenture" that snaps into place over two or more implants and can be removed by the patient.

 

 

 

 

 

dentalimplants22.  A more stable "Fixed Detachable Bridge" that is "bolted" into place onto 4 to 8 implants and can be removed by the dentist as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

B.  A less stable removable partial denture worn to replace the last two teeth.

 

dentalimplants3Note the clasp on the tooth

 

 

 

 

dentalimplants4The partial denture can be replaced with stable crowns fitted onto implants.