Dental implants are an increasingly popular (and time-tested) solution for teeth that are damaged or missing.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which acts as a support for a tooth, similar to a tooth root. The bone will bond to the implant screw for a period of 6 weeks to 6 months following the initial surgery. In some instances an extraction and implant can be placed the same day, minimizing the need for a second procedure.
After the implant has bonded, Dr. Scheetz and Dr. Rekos will check the implants, to assure they are ready for the restorative dentist. This foundation will allow your dentist to place a connecting piece (abutment) and then a single prosthesis (crown), a partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) or a complete dental prosthesis of the upper and lower jaw.
Bone grafting is the ability to grow bone where it is needed, allowing dental implants to be placed where they might otherwise not. This gives patients the opportunity to restore function and esthetic appearance to their mouth, jaw and even face.
Bone can be obtained from the patient’s own bones or more likely acquired from a tissue bank. We can conduct minor or major bone grafting to repair small (more frequent) or major jaw defects.
Your doctor will examine you to determine if a bone graft will benefit you, prior to dental implant reconstruction, to provide the best long term dental implant therapy.
Complete reconstruction of the mouth is possible for those with poor teeth or no teeth at all. Missing teeth and gum tissue (if needed) can be rebuilt so that you can often receive temporary fixed teeth the day the dental implants are placed.