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.
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. In many 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.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Drs Virdi, Humber, MacLennan and Lalli are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not always require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. 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 oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs Virdi, Humber, MacLennan or Lalli perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist may also fabricate any temporary prosthesis required during the implant process. This may include a temporary crown, a retainer with a fake tooth, a partial denture, or you may not need any temporization at all during the healing stage.