Dental Implants

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food), and both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The implant post is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

After a short time for healing the dental implant has integrated into the bone, the bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In some cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

A smiling elderly man

“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, some patients are candidates for single stage implants. These implants require a minimum of six weeks before restoration. There are also cases where an implant can be placed at the same time as tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between your oral and surgeon and your dentist.  Dr. Straw will perform the initial tooth extractions, bone grafting if necessary, and implant placement.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent crown or prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporaries needed during the implant process.