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.
What Are Dental Implants?
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). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant 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.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. 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. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. Dr. Nguyen 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 family and friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology. The implant surgeon (oral maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist) is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an implant surgeon and a prosthodontist (Dr. Nguyen). The implant surgeon performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting as necessary. Dr. Nguyen makes and deliver the permanent prosthesis. Dr. Nguyen will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the healing process. In summary, the surgeon built the foundation (implants in the bone under the gum) and Dr. Nguyen built the house (teeth) that sit atop the implants.