knowledge for peace of mind
Do you need a strong, permanent and natural looking replacement for a missing tooth, or teeth?Dental implants might be the solution for you. They are one of the greatest advances in modern dentistry!
what are dental implants?
Dental implants are a great effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your existing teeth for a natural look. Posts are surgically placed in your jaw to serve as an anchor for replacement teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.
reasons you might need a dental implant…
Dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry over the last forty years! They are an excellent long-term option to replace missing teeth without the hassle of removable dentures. Dental implants are made of materials that work well in the human body like titanium. These implants are placed in the jaw to serve as a sturdy anchor for an artificial tooth. The implant itself, once integrated, has a success rate of 97% over a lifetime.
Depending on how many teeth are being replaced and the condition of your remaining teeth, dental implants can be in the form of implant crowns, implant bridges and implant dentures.
- missing teeth
- dentures that dislodge while eating
While you're familiarizing yourself with this procedure, make sure you also visit our section on how we treat you during your care with a range of nice-to-have and need-to-have patient comforts.
Distraction Methods – Therapeutic interventions – Pain management
what to expect during the dental implant process
Having a dental implant placed typically involves two appointments at the office. Read on for timings and how to prepare.
At your first visit
At your first implant appointment the dentist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone.
If the implant will be restored with a crown or a bridge, we will take an impression of your mouth to capture the exact location of the implant. We will send these impressions to a laboratory for your custom teeth to be fabricated.
If the implant is going to retain a full or partial denture, we will also take an impression of your mouth for the fabrication of retaining bars. There are two types of implant denture retentions available. One is a more permanent retention where the dentures are screwed directly into the implants. These cannot be removed at home (like your natural teeth). The other style uses a button or snap–like connection on the implants. This allows for the denture to be removed for sleep.
Post Implant Surgery
After your implant is installed, your body will get to work. The bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. The reason an implant is so strong is because the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Some patients will need to wait until the implant has been completely integrated before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. This can take up to several months.
your second visit
Once your mouth and implants are ready and the teeth have been fabricated, the implant is ready to be restored!
advice & tips
healing process eating
While your body is in the process of osseointegration, we recommend a diet of
- soft foods
- cold foods
- warm soup
dental implant faqs
answering your questions about dental implants…
How long does a dental implant last?
Dental implants are a great long-term option. In fact, they are designed to be a permanent solution. The implant itself, once integrated, has a success rate of 97% over a lifetime!
The implant crown/bridge/denture average 20-25 years with proper care and maintenance. The most common reason for replacement is structural damage to the restoration, not the implant.
Will dental implants hurt?
During the process
Our office starts with the strongest topical anesthetic to reduce the chance of feeling anything during the numbing process. Then we will numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
In addition to our topical anesthetic, we utilize a painless oral injection system, DentalVibe®, to reduce any discomfort during the numbing process. DentalVibe is a unique tool that can help alleviate dental fear and anxiety, allowing you to undergo the treatments needed to maintain a healthy mouth. DentalVibe provides gentle vibration to the site of the dental injection that overloads the nerve that sends pain signals to the brain so you don’t feel the injection. Most patients who have a DentalVibe injection aren’t even aware they’ve had an injection! The vibrations disperse the anesthesia once it’s injected to allow it to get to work even faster…plus the sound of the vibration creates an added distraction!
DentalVibe is especially helpful in reducing dental fear among children. Many adult patients feel they wouldn’t have developed dental fears if they had this tool when they were younger.
We also employ a whole host of patient comforts to create a soothing experience. Learn more here.
Will I find it easier to eat with an implant than a denture?
Yes, because implants become part of your mouth, you don’t have to worry about suction holding your teeth to your jaw.
Have more questions? Please call us at 480-608-5444 or email us and we’ll be able to talk you through the process.
Tips & advice from Dr. Silverman:
Do distractions in the dental chair cause you more unease?