Dental implants are specifically engineered to provide a good foundation for replacement teeth which will look, feel and function like your natural teeth. For the person that has previously lost their, they will regain the ability to virtually eat anything they choose, knowing that their teeth will look natural and that their facial contours will be well preserved.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. The titanium post will act as a substitute for the root of the crown that will be placed after the post has fully integrated.
Dental implants can also be used to help preserve the facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that can typically occur when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
The placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures for most patients. First, an implant (or implants) are inserted within your jawbone. For the first two to six months following an implant surgery, the implants are usually underneath the gum tissue and cannot be seen. During this time, you will be able to wear temporary removable devices such as dentures or partials.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, you will be ready for the second phase of the implant process. Dr. Reisman will then uncover or expose the implant to attach a small post that protrudes through the gums and will be accessible for your dentist to begin the crown placement process. It typically takes about four to six months for the entire implant procedure to be completed.
The unique European philosophies of implant therapy are advocated by Dr. Reisman and his practice. With the use of cutting edge implant systems and modifications of standard surgical techniques, Dr. Reisman is able to speed up the placement and utilization of your implants by 6 to 12 months sooner than the standard implant protocol.
In his practice, Dr. Reisman is able to place single stage implants, which do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before the artificial teeth are inserted. Occasionally, there are situations where the dental implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction, which will further reduce the amount of surgical procedures that are needed. In certain situations, advances in dental implant technology have made it possible to extract teeth and place implants with crowns all in one visit. This specific procedure called “immediate loading”, will perform the implant placement entirely. Dr. Reisman and his staff have protocols in place to “immediate load” implants in emergency situations when your regular dentist is unavailable to assist in the procedure (e.g., trauma when a tooth is knocked out). Final crowns are then finished by your dentist.
Typically, implants are completed as a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and your regular dentist. While Dr. Reisman performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if it’s necessary; your regular dentist will correctly fit and manufacture the permanent prosthesis. If there’s any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process, your dentist will also be in charge of making that, as well.
Are You a Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering getting implants to improve your life, there are steps you need to make sure you take initially. First, you must get a full examination of your mouth and your medical and dental history should be reviewed thoroughly. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, we may recommend another way to improve the outcome, such as bone grafting.
Utilizing novel implant systems and modifications of standard surgical techniques, Dr. Reisman is able to successfully accelerate the placement and utilization of your implants, often 6 to 12 months sooner than the standard implant protocols.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft procedures can be performed in our comfortable office setting under a local anesthesia, with or without the use of general anesthesia, however sedation or other anesthetics are available to you at your request.