Dental Implants: The Next Big Thing
Missing Teeth? Dental Implants are the Next Big Thing

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It used to be that once a tooth is gone, a bridge or a denture is the only replacement.  Now, Dental Implants are so predictable almost everyone is a candidate.  This is a massive improvement in our options.  We use implants to replace single teeth, multiple (or all) teeth in an arch, or to support dentures.  The days of polygrip to hold in dentures are over if we can place a couple implants for you to secure your denture.

About Implants and the Process:

Implants are made out of commercially pure titanium.  This metal fuses to bone, and becomes rock-solid for teeth or prosthetics to rest on.

The first thing we need to do as the office that places an implant for you is take X-Rays to determine the underlying jawbone.  Once the quality and quantity is evaluated, we look at the area clinically.

Placing the implant body (titanium screw) in the jawbone is a surgical process.  The gums are opened and a series of drills prepare the bone for acceptance.  Patients are concerned about pain during the procedure.  Most often, local anesthetic is totally fine for pain control.  Jawbone has no nerves, so the process is painless with effective local anesthetic.

Personally, I would prefer not to be place implants in patients under IV sedation.  I am not a big fan of the after effect of the medications.

After the surgical procedure, some medications are prescribed for Post-Op pain and discomfort.  I routinely advise antibiotics (a precaution) and pain medications including a rinse.  Many patients report that CBD is very effective in treating the post-op pain.

The healing process takes place in two phases.  The first is the surgical healing.  This is where the gum tissue re-attaches and the wound closes.  Most often patients are back to work on the 3rd day following the procedure.  The second phase of healing is the implant’s fusion to bone.  This phase takes 2-4 months depending on the anatomical area of placement.

Once healing is completed, we can build teeth on top of the implants, or connect a denture for security. If you have missing teeth Dental Implants might be answer. Dental Implants are the next big thing.

Call me to set up a consultation if you think implants could help your dental condition.

-Dr. H

 

2 Comments

  • Posted January 24, 2019 4:12 pm
    by Lindsey Resha

    What do you do in between the 1st and 2nd stage of healing if your getting all on 4s or the missing teeth are in a conspicuous location? Are there temporary teeth or dentures for those 2-4 months?

    • Posted January 29, 2019 2:34 pm

      Hi Lindsey, great question. Usually, when implants are healing a temporary denture is indicated unless the placement is very secure. Sometimes tissues are healthy enough (no infection) to do a fixed temporary bridge. Dentures can look natural and be an acceptable alternative, but are not ideal. Everyone is different based on their situation. If you would like to discuss your case please send me a DM.
      -Dr H

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