Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. Whether you are missing one, several or all of your natural teeth, dental implants are specifically designed to look, feel and function like your own. With dental implants, you’ll smile confidently again and be able to eat virtually the same as you did with your natural teeth! Dental implants also help prevent and reduce the typical bone deterioration often caused by dentures or missing teeth.
Even if you have been told that you may not be a good candidate for dental implants, please allow Dr. Blazic to consult with you. Dr. Blazic is highly trained in all aspects of performing implant surgery, particularly in bone and tissue grafting. This allows options that may not have been previously considered for you. Dr. Blazic can offer the best possible implant treatment plan for you.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. These metal “anchors” are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as tooth root substitutes. Your bone binds with the titanium, thus creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, and will protrude through the gums. These posts, in turn, provide stable anchors for the artificial replacement teeth.
THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed into your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants integrate with the jawbone. You will be able to wear temporary dentures and maintain a soft diet during this time. Your dentist will begin the process of forming your replacement teeth. After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, phase two begins. Dr. Blazic will uncover the implant and attach the small posts that will anchor the replacement teeth. Once the artificial teeth are attached to the posts, the posts will no longer be seen. The procedure, in its entirety, typically take four to eight months with minimal disruption in your daily life.
WHAT TYPES OF PROSTHESES ARE AVAILABLE?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth; each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball-in-socket attachments, whereas a fixed one is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
WHY DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants can dramatically enhance the quality of your life. If you are missing any or many of your natural teeth, it’s probable that you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of your function and appearance. Why should you choose dental implants over more traditional types of restorations? Many reasons include: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a partial at night becomes inconvenient, not to mention that dentures can slip, becoming uncomfortable and embarrassing.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you are considering dental implants, a thorough examination of your mouth, as well as your medical and dental history must be made. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, there are other ways of improving outcome, all of which will be discussed with you.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED?
The majority of dental implants and grafts can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.
DO IMPLANTS NEED SPECIAL CARE?
Oral care is vitally important to the longevity of the implant. Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years as long as you take care of them properly. You must keep your mouth healthy by taking time for good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly.