Dental Implants


What are dental implants? 

Dental implants are the anchoring devices (artificial root replacement) for a natural-looking replacement of missing teeth.

How do implants work?

Specifically, implants are composed of two key elements-the anchoring root device and a prosthetic appliance (artificial teeth.)  Together, these components create a permanent replacement for missing teeth.  Implants can support a fixed replacement (bridge), eliminating the need for removable partials.  They also support removable replacements (denture), making them more secure and comfortable.

1. Evaluation:

  • A review of your dental and medical history is evaluated in detail
  • If natural teeth are present, a complete periodontal(gum) and occlusal(bite evaluation is also performed.
  • X-ray and possible Cat Scan evaluations are used to precisely determine the anatomic structures and degree of bone loss.
  • Our office consults with your restorative dentist to develop a treatment plan created to meet your specific needs and desires.

2. Placement of implants:

  • The implants are placed in our office, numbing the area, and usually takes 1-2 hours.
  • Implants require 3-4 months for the bone to integrate to the implant.
  • If needed, you will be fitted for temporary tooth replacement.

3. Restorative phase:

  • Four months later, the implant is uncovered and your restorative dentist will begin the restorative process.
  • Custom teeth, designed for your mouth and bite, are attached to the implants.
  • Bite and appearance are adjusted to your desires.
  • After treatment, our office will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best long-term care for you.

Have more question or concerns about dental implants? Call PerioImplant Associates today at (502) 897-9417!

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