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Dental Implants

Dental implants are sort of like artificial roots (titanium anchors) onto which temporary or permanent crowns are placed. This can be a good choice for patients who have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Since implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support (like partials and bridges), implants are not only a more permanent solution, they also won’t damage surrounding teeth overtime.

Because placement of dental implants is driven by the type of restoration that will be used to restore both form and function, much planning and conversations with your restorative dentist will be had. Dr. Arné uses the analogy that he can place the implant where ever he wants but, if the dentist cannot restore it, it will not be of any use to the patient or the dentist. Therefore, much behind the scenes planning occurs prior to your return for the procedure.

The duration of a dental implant procedure varies from patient to patient. For example, the length of the procedure depends on the patient's physical condition and the anatomy where the implant is to be placed, the location of the proposed surgery, and the extent of the proposed procedure. In some cases, a sinus lift or a bone graft may also be needed. This may possibly slow down how quickly the restoration can be completed but, it will be time well spent if the long term outcome and retention of the implant can be enhanced. In situations where a bone graft is not needed prior to placement of an implant, it can typically take as little as six weeks for the implant to integrate with the surrounding bone.

Some instances require up to four month of healing time after the implant is placed before it can be restored. We are finding this situation is presented less often as the surface technology of the implants has improved over the years. Dr. Arné will answer all of your questions and make sure that you are very comfortable with the decision that you make.