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Is there another way I can have a tooth replaced other than by a bridge or a denture?
Yes. Conventional bridges or dentures are no longer your only options when replacing missing teeth. A dental implant
restores a single missing tooth. A pair of implants can support a bridge that spans several missing teeth. Two or three
implants can permanently anchor an entire upper or lower arch. Thus, multi-point bridges that replace a single tooth and
removable dentures are now obsolete. Modern implant procedures make a permanent restoration that appears and
per-forms like natural teeth.
What is an implant?
An implant is a titanium screw-like, tapered cylinder that is, 쐒ooted, or 쐇mplanted, into the
jawbone. See the illustration. Unlike dentures, this metallic structure fuses to the jawbone,
making a strong and secure support for a porcelain or ceramic crown.
What is an implant?
Implants are not an option for everyone. Because implants require surgery, patients must be
in good health, have healthy gums, and have adequate bone to support the implant. Being
committed to diligent oral hygiene and regular dental visits is also recommended for a lifetime
of functional and comfortable service.
How much time is required to implant a tooth?
Treatment spans over a series of appointments. Completing a one-tooth implant can often be done in only two or three visits over a period of three to six months, if your gums are healthy and if there is adequate bone to support the implant.

Although people who are in reasonably good health are good candidates for successful implants, gingival and bone-loss issues must first be addressed to assure a successful implant, which may require a few more office visits and more time.

A few patients can have the entire implant procedure performed in one office visit, later followed by two or three check-up visits over several months.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Implants fuse to the underlying jawbone resulting in a secure base for the replacement teeth, which many patients say
look and feel very much like natural teeth. Having implants embedded into the bone helps to maintain the bone volume and
bone density and can even encourage natural bone to rebuild itself. Not replacing missing teeth can lead to continual loss
of gingival and bone tissue. One very important advantage of implants over conventional bridges is that there is no need to
grind down adjoining natural teeth, which is required for conventionally mounted bridges. The new tooth mounts atop the
implant anchor, thereby preserving the adjacent natural teeth. See the diagram in 쏣sthetic Dentistry.
What is the procedure for placing implants?

First : Surgery is required to place the anchor into the jawbone. Surgery can take an hour or so and three months or more may be required for the bone to grow around the anchor and firmly hold the anchor in place. After the anchor has sufficiently bonded to the bone, we can then place the porcelain or ceramic crown on top of the anchor.

Second : The gums usually heal in several weeks and for a few patients, sufficient fusing of the implant to the bone has also occurred, which permits early fitting of a porcelain or ceramic tooth atop the anchor. For a few patients, several fittings may be required, which requires another month or two of healing to complete the implant procedure. How much extra time is required depends on the rate of gum healing, the bone density, and the level of the patient셲 general health. Implant surgery is done in our office. A local anesthetic is used. Usually pain medications and, when necessary, antibiotics are prescribed. Our office associates will provide you with post surgical instructions on diet and oral hygiene care.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for dental Implants?
Nearly all patients in good general health are candidates for dental implants. Gingivitis and moderate bone loss are complications for implants, but implants may still be feasible. In the case of severe bone loss, bone grafting may be indicated, although this course of treatment would be quite expensive and should not be treated lightly. In determining a course of action, a true picture of your condition is essential.

In our office, to obtain a true picture of your condition, we use the latest imaging technology, which allows detailed visualization of the implant site. Digital radiographs and digitized three-dimensional photographs replace old-fashioned two-dimensional x-ray images.

At a consultation with us after a thorough examination, you will learn what you need to know to make an informed decision. If you have one or another of the complicating conditions for implants, we will describe to you what the most predictable result will be. You can then decide if an implant is for you.

Treatment Sequence

Step 1.
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: one day to a week: digitized radiographs and 3-D photographic images are evaluated. Bone density is measured, because low bone density will require a longer fusing time. For example, normal bone density requires about three months for the implant anchor to fuse with the surrounding bone. If bone density is low, however, a longer period, perhaps six months,
will be required for sufficient fusing to occur.

Step 2.
Surgical Phase: the anchor is implanted into the jawbone. Normally, this procedure
takes about 30 minutes for each implanted anchor. We usually recommend a check-up visit to the office two or three weeks after implanting the anchor. If all is well, no further treatment is indicated until the time comes for placing the crown atop the anchor. Sometimess, however, minor surgical procedures are necessary to guide the proper healing of the gingiva. These minor surgical procedures require a short treatment time of only 30 minutes or so.

Step 3.
Placing the Crown: When the anchor has sufficiently fused with the bone, usually
within three to six months, and the gingiva has healed properly, a porcelain or ceramic
crown is placed upon the anchor, which completes the implant procedure.

Step 4.
Modern implant performs like natural teeth!
Otherwise, maintain a regular recall schedule of three or six months.