Dental Implants are a very popular and fast growing treatment option for replacing missing teeth. They are a wonderful and predictable alternative to replace missing teeth to restore form, function, esthetics, and phonetics. This could be in the form of replacing one tooth, multiple teeth, or the whole upper or lower arch. They can also be used to firmly stabilize a ‘wobbling’ denture, allowing the patient to bite on a crunchy apple with confidence!
All patients must first be evaluated for the quality and quantity of bone available to determine if bone augmentation procedures would be needed prior to implant therapy. The soft tissue or the gums will also be checked to ensure that healthy keratinized gingiva is present, imperative for high esthetic success. Once the conditions are ideal, the implant will be surgically placed, then allowing 4-6 months of healing and osseointegration to occur. After this time, the teeth, in the form of crowns, bridges, or dentures will be fabricated. Typically, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and patients rarely experience any discomfort!
A complete work-up and examination will take place during consultation, often requiring radiographic diagnostic tools to determine the anatomy of the site, including panoramic x-rays and CT-scans. There are typically several options available and are patient specific, so we would be happy to discuss with you your goals and what solution is best suited for your individual case with the highest success rate in the safest manner.