About Dental Implants
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots. These manufactured roots are similar in shape to screws. Dental implants, placed in your jawbone, bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting artificial teeth like crowns or bridges and also dentures.
Dentists have successfully used modern dental implants for over 30 years. Implants are the strongest devices available for supporting replacement teeth. In addition, they allow these artificial teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
When performed by an experienced dentist using specialized 3D technology, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable restorative procedures in dentistry.
Implant Supported Crowns and Bridges
We can use implants to support crowns, replacing a single missing tooth; or to support bridges, replacing several missing teeth. Firstly, the dentist places the implants and allows them time to integrate (bond to the jawbone). Afterwards, the dentist will place a connector – known as an abutment – atop the implant to support your crown or bridge. These crowns and bridges are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.
Implant Supported Dentures
What to Expect from Dental Implant Procedures
3D Guided Implant Placement
Our doctors perform nearly every implant surgery using a 3D-guided surgery technique. Using this state-of-the-art technology – including 3D imaging and 3D printing – we plan and execute precision surgery with the end result being a mirror image to our original plan.
How is this precision accomplished? We send models and a 3D scan to a high tech facility. Our doctors consult with the technicians and implant specialists to determine where implants should be placed. This insures both optimal health and optimal functionality.
Unlike Heck Family Dentistry, most general dentist offices involve two different doctors in the dental implant process. Many general dentists refer implant placements out to a specialist – typically an oral surgeon or periodontist. In this case, the doctor placing the implant is often not the one restoring the function. The specialist may place the implant, but not the implant crown. This can unfortunately result in the implant being placed in a less-than-ideal location.
However, at Heck Family Dentistry, we walk you through the entire process. We plan the entire dental implant procedure with the ideal end in mind. We place both the implant and the crown within our office to minimize less-than-optimal results. Our specialized technology helps us determine the ideal tooth location before we plan where the implants should go.
Once we determine the ideal implant location, a 3D printer creates a surgical guide. This guide includes a series of keys that direct our implant drills, insuring proper placement and final restoration. We believe this should be the standard of care in implant placement. It is simply safer and more precise than any other method of placing implants.
With every surgery, it is important to heal properly. At Heck Family Dentistry, we use a technique called L-PRF. This technology minimizes healing time. In doing so, it also reduces your risk of infection and other complications. To learn more about this process, view our resources on L-PRF.
Standard versus Immediate Implant Placement
Some clinics advertise placing implants and teeth in a single appointment. While we have experience providing this type of care, this is more the exception than the rule. Many factors must be just right for single visit treatment to be accomplished in a predictable way. Ensuring a successful result is always our top priority. If all the necessary factors are present, we can provide single visit implant and tooth placement. However, more often than not, we do not recommend this. At Heck Family Dentistry, we care enough about the long term result to advise you differently.
Dental Implant Patient Education Video
Watch the video below to learn about dental implants and how they can work for you to restore your beautiful smile. Trust the experts dental implant specialists at Heck Family Dentistry in Lawrence, Kansas, to install quality implants. If you have questions or want to get started, call us today at 785-856-8550 to chat and schedule an appointment.
Dental Implants at Heck Family Dentistry
Heck Family Dentistry has performed numerous implant procedures. Below are some photos of dental implants performed at Heck Family Dentistry.