What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants have been used successfully for many years. The implant
itself is a post that is surgically placed in the jaw. A prosthesis (artificial
tooth or teeth) is then attached to the post. Dental implants involve
cooperation between an oral surgeon and our office. The surgical phase
of treatment is completed by the oral surgeon, and the restorative phase
is completed at our office.
What are Dental Implants Used For?
There are two basic uses for Dental Implants:
- As an artificial root for a single tooth replacement.
- As anchors for a fixed or removable prosthesis to replace multiple
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
With the exception of your natural teeth, nothing looks
more natural than an implant. One important benefit of implants is that
they slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue from the area of the missing
tooth, thus preventing premature aging.
- Of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64, approximately 49% are
missing at least one tooth.
- Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever
- More than nine out of ten implants last longer than 15 years.
- Dental implants never develop decay.
- Dental implants never require root canals.
- Dental implants preserve the jawbone, which can prevent premature
- No one can be disqualified for implant treatment solely because of
their age -- some patients receive implant treatment when they are in
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
The gum is gently folded back and a space is prepared
for the implant to be placed.
The dental implant "anchor" is put into
A temporary cap is placed on the implant and the gum
tissue is repositioned around the implant. The implant is left alone
for several months so the bone can attach to the implant and create
a secure anchor.
After the implant has had a chance to attach to the
bone tissue, the temporary cap is removed from the anchor and a
post is attached to the anchor.
The implant is now ready for a prosthesis. An impression
is taken of the implant and the appropriate prosthesis (crown,
bridge or overdenture)
The prosthesis is then attached to the implant(s).
Considering a Dental Implant?
If you are considering a dental implant, contact
us for an evaluation appointment.
Dr. Ledner or Dr. Zaiff and the oral surgeon will perform an evaluation
to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental
implant. If you are a good candidate for an implant,
Dr. Ledner or Dr. Zaiff will provide you with further information to
help you decide.
What is the All-on-4® treatment concept?*
The All-on-4® treatment concept is a cost-efficient, graftless solution that provides patients with a fixed full-arch prosthesis on the day of surgery.
- Full-arch rehabilitation with only four implants
Two straight anterior implants and two implants tilted up to 45° in the posterior
- Immediate Function (fixed provisional bridge)
For patients meeting criteria for immediate loading of implants
- Graftless procedure
Bone grafting is avoided by tilting the posterior implants, utilizing available bone
*Source: Nobel Biocare Services AG
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It is not meant to serve as delivery of medical or dental care. If you have
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