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Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a biocompatible replacement for the roots of missing teeth. These titanium posts resemble a screw in appearance, and once anchored in the jawbone, can support prosthetics that replace the missing visible surfaces of teeth. Dental implants anchor prosthetics permanently so that patients with tooth loss can enjoy increased oral function and an improvement in the aesthetics of their smiles.

Single Tooth Replacement

A single dental implant is normally used to replace one missing tooth. With time, the bone surrounding the implantation site will literally fuse to the titanium post of the implant. This process of bone integrating to metal is one of the reasons dental implants make for durable and long lasting replacement teeth. After the implant is stabilized, the custom made prosthetic is attached via an abutment. The prosthetic for single tooth replacement is a custom dental crown, normally made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal for its lifelike qualities.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor a bridge when more than one tooth is missing.

Full Arch Replacement

When a series of implants are placed, they can support a full arch of teeth. When a denture is anchored to implants, it will not move or slide throughout the mouth. Normally, a series of four dental implants are adequate to hold a custom denture permanently.

The Dental Implant Placement Process

Receiving a dental implant involves minor oral surgery to place the titanium component into the bone. Normally, this procedure is not overly invasive and patients are comfortable with local anesthetics and/or mild sedatives. Before an implant or series of implants are placed, our prosthodontist will utilize advanced technology such as three-dimensional diagnostic imagery to plan the treatment process and develop a deep understanding of their patient’s unique oral anatomy. By using the latest diagnostic technology and taking a highly customized approach to treatment, our patients enjoy high-quality smile restorations.

To learn more about dental implants and your tooth replacement options, call our office to reserve an appointment with Dr. Bicakci.

Common Questions

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you have suffered with tooth loss or have failing teeth, you might be a candidate for dental implants. Candidates for dental implants should practice thorough oral hygiene, have adequate bone at the implant site, and have no signs of advanced gum disease. The best way to be certain if this tooth replacement method is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our prosthodontist, Dr. Bicakci.

What about same-day implants?

Same-day implants involve placing dental implants and the prosthetics in the same appointment. This is normally done for patients receiving implant-supported dentures such as All-on-4. While the procedure is completed in one office visit, there is some wait time between the consultation and procedure, as our prosthodontist needs to oversee the fabrication of custom dentures.

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are placed into the jawbone through an outpatient surgical procedure. In many cases, this procedure only requires the use of local anesthetics and the administration of nitrous oxide gas as a mild analgesic and sedative. For complex cases, however, stronger medication may be used to promote comfort and reduce anxiety. This is normally because a patient requires additional treatment such as a bone graft, which is a little more invasive in nature.

Are dental implants painful?

Our prosthodontist, Dr. Bicakci, takes all measures necessary to help our guests have a comfortable experience at our practice. We take patient comfort very seriously and will do everything in our power to ensure that your experience with us is a positive one. Our mission is to help you achieve a higher quality of life by renewing oral function and improving appearance.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

One dental implant is normally used to replace a single tooth by anchoring a crown. Dental implants can also be used to support a bridge, which can replace up to four teeth. If a full arch restoration is required, a series of dental implants will be embedded in either the upper or the lower jaw so that a full denture will be supported.

How much do dental implants cost?

Since each patient’s situation is unique, the cost of dental implants can fluctuate. Some patients may require multiple tooth replacement and/or preliminary treatments to improve the success rate of dental implants. Fortunately, once successful implantation is complete, patients will see a good return on their oral health investment. This is because dental implants are incredibly durable and therefore do not require frequent repairs or replacement.

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