Stannard, Studt & Tironi Dentistry

DENTAL IMPLANTS

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are fixtures which look, feel and function like your natural teeth! They are generally used in situations where there are one or more missing teeth, and can even be used to support a full arch of missing teeth.

Other functions of dental implants include:

  • Same function and appearance as natural teeth
  • Natural fit and feel
  • Extremely long lasting when maintained properly
  • They do not need to be removed like partial or complete dentures

Dental implants are made up of 3 components:

  • Titanium Implant: This portion of the implant acts as a root would for your natural tooth. It is placed into the jaw bone and is the foundation for the other components of the implant restoration. It is generally made of Titanium, which is extremely harmonious with the jaw bone and soft tissues in your mouth. This allows the bone to form around it and accept it as if it were a natural tooth.
  • Abutment: This is the interface or connection component between the titanium root and the dental crown or restoration. This piece can be made of several different materials which best match the final restoration.
  • Restoration: This restoration is often a crown which looks exactly like your natural tooth. It is usually made of the same material as ceramic crowns we place on top of natural teeth. Other types of restorations for implants could be dental bridges, dentures or full arch restorations.

THE IMPLANT 3-STEP PROCESS

3D Scans

CBCT: Cone Beam Computed Tomography is a 3d imaging modality which allows for visualization of the potential implant site prior to beginning any implant procedures. This type of imaging provides more information than traditional 2d radiographs and allows for much better visualization of anatomical structures such as bone, teeth and nerves. This allows our doctors to safely and accurately- diagnosis, plan and perform dental implant placement.

Plan

Based on all of the information captured above, we are able to digitally plan your implant placement prior to you arriving for your surgical visit. This allows for complete safety and efficiency during the surgical placement of your dental implants.

Placement

Placement of your dental implant(s) is completed in the office with special attention to patient comfort, ideal placement and optimal esthetic and functional results. Additionally, surgical time and risk is greatly minimized due to the surgical plan/guide which was created prior to the surgical visit.

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