What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are time tested, high tech titanium cylinders that are surgically embedded into the jawbone to replace the root of the tooth. 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 some cases, a temporary crown 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.
“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.”
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Minto is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of three months of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between Dr. Minto and your dentist. Dr. Minto performs the initial tooth extractions, bone grafting, actual implant surgery. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.