What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implant Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the dental implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. 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 dental implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the dental implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Akers, Schalit, Thayer, and Hamilton are able to place single stage implants. These dental implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the dental 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 an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Akers, Schalit, Thayer, and Hamilton will perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
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I had lived with a missing tooth for many years but was tired of not being able to chew. I had seen an article about Dr Akers and decided I wanted to have an implant. It was a very easy painless procedure and I love that I can know eat and chew with ease. Dr Akers and his whole staff were wonderful. Katrina his implant coordinator helped guide me through the whole procedure from the costs to helping me get financing. I will definitely recommend his office to anyone I know needing dental work.
- Jeff H
My doctor and his staff were warm, caring and very knowledgeable. Definitely, experts in their field. It was reassuring to be in such good hands.
- Dawn S
Always inviting patients to come back to tweak a procedure, Dr. Schalit conveys the limitless concern he has for each patient. His recommendations are based on solid medical training, unequaled experience and common sense. He is confident in his abilities and those of his staff...and I am, too.
- Liz S
I am thrilled with my results! I couldn't be happier with my treatment from beginning to completion. A+++
- Carol S