Jacks Oral Surgery & Dental Implants – Piqua OH
look, feel, and function like natural teeth
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, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium or titanium alloy part designed to replace a missing natural tooth. The base part of the implant replaces the root of the tooth and acts as support for the visible part of the tooth. Dental implants can also be placed in the mouth to support dentures. Dental implants offer several advantages when replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can offer a natural looking appearance. Dental implants help preserve bone that supports the teeth and the facial structures. Dental implants can be used to stabilize dentures and partials and make them less bulky. Patients can chew better and look better using dental implants. Patients report they are much happier eating, smiling and talking with dental implants. When compared to dental bridges, dental implants do NOT require adjacent teeth to be ground down thus saving trauma to adjacent teeth. Why grind down healthy teeth to make a bridge when you can have a dental implant placed?
Imagine Smiling With Confidence Again
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the dental implant is surgically inserted under local anesthesia. Usually after just 8 to 16 weeks, the implant (or artificial root) has healed and the visible portion of the tooth can now be placed. During the healing phase, the patient may elect to wear a temporary tooth or denture. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
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.
Dr. Jacks utilizes the most up-to-date technology including in-office cone beam CT scans to plan and complete your implant treatment. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Jacks performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis (the visible part of the teeth). Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge or denture) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. Dental implants can also be utilized to provide stability to an existing denture.
Dr. Jacks performs in-office 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.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons. Why grind down adjacent teeth to make a dental bridge when you can replace the missing tooth with a dental implant? Why continue to suffer with bulky, loose dentures or partial dentures when you can place implants to stabilize your teeth?
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. Models and x-rays will be reviewed to aid in formulating a treatment plan. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, you may require bone grafts in order to place dental implants.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone grafts can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without intravenous sedation.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists. It is important to maintain regular visits with your dentist. We have provided additional information about life after dental implant surgery.