Changing the Way People Live
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything knowing that the implants appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
Dental Implant Facts
Important: Treatment planning is the cornerstone to successful implant dentistry. Record taking, photos, 3D x-rays, intermediate prosthetics or immediate load require a team approach with the restorative surgeon. Implant dentistry is unique because it starts at the final treatment goal and works to achieve that goal. The oral surgeon, who is ultimately responsible for the final results, is key to the treatment planning.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Hecht will uncover the implants and attach small posts, which protrude through the gums and act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Implants are a team effort between an oral/maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Hecht performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth. Each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Dr. Hecht performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of people facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
The process starts with a CAT scan of the patient’s jawbone. This CAT scan generates a three-dimensional model of the jawbone that is used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the patient needing to be present. The results are more accurate implant placement and less chair-time for the patient at the surgery office.