If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The dental implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Dental Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental Implant Evaluation
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, Dr Gallez and Dr Poulos will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure
There are essentially three protocols for implant placement.
Protocol 1: two stage approach
The implant is placed within your jawbone and the gum tissue is closed on top of the implant. The dental implant is now “buried” and can now heal in a closed, protected environment. The healing phase ranges between two to six months. It is the period of “osseointegration”. At the end of the healing phase, the implant needs to be “uncovered”: after numbing locally the gum, a small incision is made on top of the implant and a “healing abutment” is connected on the implant. The gum tissue will now heal around the “healing abutment”. A minimum of three weeks later, an impression of the implant is made and a crown is made.
Protocol 2: one stage approach
In this case, the implant is placed and a “healing abutment” is directly placed on top of the implant. The implant is already “uncovered”. A healing time of two to four months is needed before the implant can be restored.
Protocol 3: immediate temporization
In selected cases, we can place the implant and connect during the same appointment a temporary crown on top of the implant. Likewise, for a patient missing all of his/her teeth, we can in certain cases place multiple implants (a minimum of four) and the same day deliver an implant fixed temporary bridge. A well documented cost-effective protocol that gives an edentulous patient a full set of fixed implant-supported teeth is the “Bar Attachment Denture” concept, where the patient has his/her “Teeth-In-A-Day“.
What types of prosthesis are available?
Dental implants can be used to anchor fixed or removable teeth (prosthesis)
Fixed prosthesis (the prosthesis can only be removed by a dentist)
- Single crown is used to replace one missing tooth
- Multiple single crowns on multiple adjacent implants (number of crowns=number of implants)
- Fixed bridge, where multiple crowns are connected to implants (number of crowns is greater than the number of implants).
Removable prosthesis (the prosthesis clips on the implants and can be removed by the patient for daily cleaning)
- Overdenture on individual dental implants
- Overdenture on implants connected with a bar
The number and positioning of dental implants varies depending upon which type of prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended.
Implant dentistry is a prosthetic treatment that includes a surgical component. It is the design of the prosthesis that dictates the placement of the implant(s), not the other way around. Dr Gallez and Poulos will discuss with you and your restorative dentist the different prosthetic designs available that will fit your situation as each of them has some pros and cons.
Drs. Gallez and Poulos performs in-office dental implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia
Drs. Gallez and Poulos have received extensive training in Dental Implantology. Through continuing education, Drs. Gallez and Poulos is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry, such as TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ and 3-D implant treatment planning.