Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. Implants are often desired over bridges because the adjacent teeth do not have to be modified to replace the missing tooth. Implants also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures by providing excellent support and stability for removable dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontists - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Proper initial placement of the implant is an important factor to it's overall success. That's why Dr. Tyree and Dr. Patton work with a team of highly trained periodontists to insure the best possible outcome. The periodontist specialized in both positioning of the implant and gum tissue management to help create the most natural looking results. With a solid base to work from, Dr. Tyree and Dr. Patton demand high esthetic standards and use only the highest quality dental laboratories to fabricate your new crown for your implant.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the periodontist will surgically place the implant into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.
After the patient has been cleared by the periodontist, the patient will return to our office for the final restoration. The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. Dr. Tyree and Dr. Patton use high quality dental laboratories to fabricate your new crown for your implant. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial tooth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear. You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.