Implant Dentistry is a surgical procedure used to replace missing teeth. This is accomplished through the surgical placement of artificial roots into the jawbone, which secures a synthetic tooth that compliments a real and healthy smile.
What is Implant Dentistry?
Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Dental implants can be used to:
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable
The ideal candidate for implant dentistry is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas.
Evaluation & Diagnosis
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you. Implant dentistry is the solution of choice for even those with health concerns such as gum disease, smokers, deformed bones, or even those wearing partials or dentures.
Prior to commencement of surgery, careful and detailed planning is required to identify vital structures such as the inferior alveolar nerve or the sinus, as well as the shape and dimensions of the bone to properly orient the implants for the most predictable outcome. Two-dimensional radiographs, such as orthopantomographs or periapicals are often taken prior to the surgery. Sometimes, a CT scan will also be obtained. Specialized 3D CAD/CAM computer programs may be used to plan the case.
Dental Implant Therapy
There are many factors and procedures within implant dentistry, which all play vital roles in ensuring patient satisfaction and a beautiful and healthy smile.