Dental Implants

Dental implants are a solution for people in generally good health who have lost teeth due to gum disease,accidents, or other reasons.

• Dental Implants are one of the most predictable and conservative ways of replacing missing teeth with the best long term success. They are the most successful long term of any functional medical implant.
• A dental Implant is like an artificial tooth root and functions as a real tooth root. When a tooth is lost, it can usually be replaced with an implant, which is made of titanium. Therefore, they are durable and integrate into the body well.
• Dental Implants have the look, feel and function of natural teeth and can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for.

Dental implants are available in several different forms, usually the form of a tooth root.

The implants are placed under the gum and into the bone at a surgical appointment in the dental office with local anesthesia. Healing times are usually between 4 and 6 months. Advancements in technology have made it possible where in some situations the teeth can be placed on the dental implants immediately allowing the patient to leave the surgery with teeth in place. The implants are not healed of course and special precautions during healing must be followed.

One recent advancement is to use CT scans and specialized computer programs to do presurgical 3D simulations. This analysis allows the doctor to place the implants in the most ideal location and positions by use of a specialized surgical stent or guide. This procedure is called "Teeth in an Hour". Dr. Walrond has been trained in this specialty procedure.

One great advantage of implants is that they stimulate and preserve the jaw bone and prevent it from eroding over time. They keep your bone structure healthy. Just like your muscles must be exercised to stay strong, your bone must be exercised by chewing pressures through the teeth or implants for the bone to stay strong and not dissolve away. If it has dissolved away, bone grafting is often required. This complicates treatment and increases cost so the sooner the implant treatment is performed after tooth loss the better off you will be.

. These are carefully placed in the jawbone and allowed to heal. During the healing, your bone grows up to the implant locking it into place. Sometimes the crown or teeth may be put onto the implants at the time of surgery. Other times, this is not done until after a period of healing and then the crown or teeth are made to fit on top of the implant(s).
• They look and feel just like your own teeth. Dental implants restore your confidence to talk, laugh, and chew with comfort and without worries.
• Implants preserve your facial structure. Implants prevent the bone from collapsing from tooth loss, dentures, and removable partial dentures. In patients who have lost all of their teeth, the lower one-third of the face is dramatically collapsed due to these changes if implants have not been used. Implants form a strong bond to the surrounding bone to provide support and anchorage for biting and chewing as well as stimulation for the bone to hold it in place.

Implant-supported crowns and bridges do not require neighboring teeth for support. When teeth are replaced using traditional tooth-supported bridges, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are ground down so that the bridge can be cemented onto them.

Implants replace the entire tooth and the missing root so it is a free-standing restoration. This leaves more of your natural teeth untouched and free of restorations which over time saves your natural teeth. The science shows that the lowest risk to you of losing another tooth is provided if an implant replaces a missing tooth versus any other dental treatment method.

1) Dental implants help to strengthen the whole mouth. When we add a dental implant where a tooth is missing, we replace the whole tooth that is missing. This actually increases the life expectancy of surrounding teeth. In many ways, the implant is more solid than the tooth it is replacing. Bridges and partial dentures universally weaken the dentition by forcing other teeth to carry the burden of the missing ones.
2) Dental implants save the jaw bone from being lost when a tooth is removed. Without the implant, the bone slowly melts away because there are no physical stresses put on the bone to keep it dense and solid.
3) Dental implants do not decay. Most reason a crown or a bridge fails is because of decay at the margin where the crown meets the natural tooth.