Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacing teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, it can provide a doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind. We understand how tooth loss can affect self-confidence, ability to eat and may discourage you from smiling. You are not alone. Dr. Quist helps people with these problems every day.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the area where teeth are missing. They act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants are stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Advanced Minimally Invasive Implant Surgery
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr.Quist is able to place single stage implants or even immediate implants. In many cases the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth is removed – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. These implants may not require a second procedure to uncover them. Dr.Quist’s experience and specialty training allows him to extract teeth and place implants very quickly.
Once the implants are beneath the surface of the gums they begin bonding with the jawbone. After surgical treatment and healing is complete an abutment and final crown is placed on the implant by your dentist.
Dr Quist will work with you and your dentist to coordinate the fabrication of temporary replacement teeth during the implant healing period. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are four options when addressing a missing tooth. The first option is no replacement with resulting loss of function. The second option is to replace the missing tooth with a removable appliance such as a partial denture. These allow excellent cleans-ability, but are very bulky and disliked by many people. The third option is a fixed appliance such as a bridge. These can require removal of healthy tooth structure from adjacent teeth, are more difficult to clean, can have a limited lifespan requiring replacement at a later date, and potential loss of additional teeth. The fourth option is to replace the missing teeth with dental implant treatment. Teeth supported by dental implants are easily cleansable, the same size as the natural teeth, and do not require any removal of healthy tooth structure. Studies have shown dental implant supported teeth last longer than other replacement options and don’t put adjacent teeth at risk. Dental implants help you to maintain your existing bone and smile with confidence.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
In our office, patients have three anesthesia options for their procedure:
- Local anesthesia
- Nitrous Oxide (laughing Gas)
- IV sedation
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place and with proper care, they will serve you well for many years. They require daily personal oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) similar to a natural tooth. They also require periodic cleaning by a dental professional.