About Dental Implants
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are place in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting artificial teeth like crowns or bridges and also dentures.
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth and they allow these teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
When performed by a trained and experienced dentist with 3D technology used at our office, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.
Implant Supported Crowns and Bridges
Implants can be used to support crowns, which replace a single missing tooth, or to support bridges replacing several missing teeth. After the implants are placed and allowed to integrate (bond to the jawbone) a connector, known as an abutment is placed on top of the implant to hold and support your crown or bridge. These crowns or bridges are custom made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.
Implant Supported Dentures
In addition to crowns and bridges, implants can also be used to support dentures. Without existing teeth or implants, bone structure will dissolve away over time, leaving nothing for dentures to adhere to. Dental implants are an exceptional method to provide an anchor for dentures. Using dental implants as a base for dentures can drastically improve the overall function and appearance of your false teeth.
What to Expect from Dental Implant Procedures
3D Guided Implant Placement
Our doctors perform nearly every implant surgery using a 3D guided surgery technique. By using this state-of-the-art technology, including 3D imaging and 3D printing, we are able to plan and execute precision surgery with the end result being a mirror image to our original plan.
How is this accomplished? Models and a 3D scan are sent to a high tech facility where our doctors consult with the technicians and implant specialists to determine where the implants should be placed. This insures not only health, but optimal future function.
Many other general dentist offices refer the implant placement out to a specialist, typically either an oral surgeon or periodontist. This is significant because the doctor placing the implant is often not the one restoring the function. He or she may place the implant but not the implant crown. Because there are two different doctors involved, an implant can be placed in a less than ideal location to be restored.
However, since we follow you through the entire process, we plan the entire process with the ideal end in mind. We place the implant and place the crown all within our office to minimize less than optimal results and use our technology to determine the ideal tooth location before we plan where the implants should go.
Once the ideal implant location is determined, a 3D printer creates a surgical guide with a series of keys that guide our implant drills to insure proper placement and proper final restoration. We believe that this should be the standard of care in implant placement. It is simply safer and more precise than any other way of placing implants.
With every surgery is the importance to heal properly. At Heck Family Dentistry, we use a technique called L-PRF. This technology minimizes healing time, which reduces your risk of infection and other complications. To learn more about this process, view our resources about L-PRF.
Standard versus Immediate Implant Placement
Some clinics advertise placing implants and teeth in a single appointment. While this is possible and we have experience providing this type of care, this is more the exception than the rule. Many factors have to be just right for this to be accomplished in a predictable way that ensures a successful result. If these factors are right we can provide that type of care. However, if they are not, we care enough about the long term result to advise you differently.
Dental Implants at Heck Family Dentistry
Heck Family Dentistry is committed to providing patients with the highest quality services possible. Our doctors have had extensive training and are very experienced dental implant dentists.
As with all our dental services, we will ensure that you’re kept comfortable and informed throughout the entire implant process. We will always be available to address any questions or concerns. Let our caring doctors help you through the process of extraction, grafting, implant placement and tooth restoration in one facility.
Schedule an appointment today to see how our skilled doctors and advanced 3D imaging cone beam technology can help you have a confident and healthy smile!
Heck Family Dentistry has performed numerous implant procedures. Below are some photos of dental implants performed at Heck Family Dentistry.