Dental Implants

Implants are quite the interest today because they are the best way to replace a tooth.  No other manner of tooth replacement will stimulate the supporting bone like an implant, however today because implants do not belong to any specialty there are too many dentists and specialists taking advantage of patient’s ignorance.  Tooth replacement with implants is a process and not a quick fix.  We follow the most current evidence based techniques that have been proven to work most consistently and predictably, NOT the hot topic of the week or year.  Results last a long time and there are records to prove which results last longer.  We use the Misch Institute of Implantology principles to guide our patients through their tooth replacement process.  We are also pleased to perform both implant and implant supported crown at Greece Family Dentistry and Implantology.  An implant should be treatment planned with the crown portion of the tooth in mind first, because an implant without an implant supported crown still does not help anyone chew.  Bottom line…implants are an investment of your time money, and effort and deserve extra special attention which you will receive with us.

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.  Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone.  The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.  Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.  With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.  After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.