Patients that have missing teeth or having extractions may be candidates for dental implants. Implants are a permanent, non-removable replacement option for missing or extracted teeth. Placement of implants are a good long-term solution for replacing missing teeth and have a high success rate. Dr. El-Hakim, Dr. Kontaxis and Dr. Morais are all highly skilled surgeons in implant placement and they continually participate in continuing education courses to stay up to date on the most successful implant techniques. Dental implants have proven to be more successful than many medical/surgical procedures, with a success rate of over 98%.
What are dental implants?
It is very important to replace missing teeth to prevent bone atrophy, tooth migration and other related problems. Implants are a permanent, non-removable replacement for missing or extracted teeth that are the new standard of care in dentistry. An implant is a medical-grade titanium screw that is gently inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the missing or extracted tooth. Dental implants can also be used in patients who have lost all their teeth to help hold a removable or non-removable denture prosthesis.
What is the difference between an implant and a crown?
The implant replaces the part of the tooth which is under the gum (dental root). The visible part of the tooth is called the crown and its equivalent is crafted by a dentist or prosthodontist.
What type of planning is needed?
During the initial consultation visit with the surgeon, the area of interest is carefully evaluated, and a treatment plan is suggested (along with alternatives when appropriate). In the case of an edentulous (toothless) area, a special 3-D of radiograph is often required to ensure that there is enough bone available for the safe placement of an implant. Our office can provide this service during the same consultation visit. Finally, the treatment plan is coordinated with the dentist who will be restoring the implant to ensure optimal results.
We will be happy to explain the dental implant procedure to you in detail, call us today for further information!