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Implants

Once you learn about the advantages of dental implants, you will realize that there is no better way to restore missing teeth. Whether it is one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. If you are wearing dentures, they may be uncomfortable or slide around in your mouth. Dental Implants can be used to secure dentures.

Dental Implants are titanium fixtures. That’s right, the same material that is used in hip and knee replacements. Titanium is not only an extremely strong metal, but biologically sound for use in the human body. A dental implant actually replaces the root part of a tooth.

Dental Implants have been used for over 60 years but not until the procedure was perfected by Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Inngvar Branemark. Today dental implants are becoming the standard of care for dental tooth replacement.

Dr. Fraser has been trained as a Periodontist in the placement of dental implants and surgical procedures limited to the oral cavity. He is a graduate of Temple University and served our country as a Periodontist in the United States Air Force. Dr. Fraser is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and has traveled internationally to teach dentist about Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.

What Are Dental Implants?

Quite simply, dental implants are artificial replacements of natural tooth roots. They attach firmly into the gum and jawbone, becoming quite solid. After replacement, your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root which looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to anchor partial and full dentures.

When are Dental Implants Appropriate?

Dental Implants are one method of tooth replacement. Other methods are bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. Your general dentist is the judge of which method is most appropriate.

What are Some of Advantages of Dental Implants?

  1. More attractive appearance.
  2. Speech improvement.
  3. Greater comfort.
  4. Greater ability to chew food naturally.

Why is a Fixed Restoration Better?

Implants look and feel like natural teeth. As dental implants are fixed in the jaw, there are none of the problems that are associated with removable appliances such as dentures and partials, including:

  1. The slipping, irritation and pain that can accompany dentures.
  2. The tedious removal for overnight soaking and cleaning.
  3. Family members seeing you without teeth.
  4. The reattachment with adhesives.

What is the Success Rate of Implants?

The success rate of Osseointegrated Dental Implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene habits, the percentage is even better.

How Long do Implants Last?

Dental implants integrate into the jawbone. Implants have been in patient’s mouths for 25 years. With excellent oral hygiene and regular cleanings, your implant should last a lifetime.

How are Implants Placed?

First a detailed, clinical examination will be done to ensure you are a good candidate for implants. If so, planning will be done in conjunction with your general dentist to ensure your implant is placed safely and in the right location. Then your dental implant will be placed by us during a routine office visit. The procedure can be done under local anesthetic.

Are Dental Implants Expensive?

Dental implants do cost more than conventional dentures, but they will function and allow denture wearers to taste foods better.

How Predictable is the Procedure?

The success rate of Dental Implants is between 94% and 98%. If patients practice good oral care and maintenance of their implants and receive periodic periodontal care if needed, dental implants can be their friends for life.

Am I a Candidate for Implants?

Implants begin with an evaluation by your general dentist who will decide if you are good candidate for the procedure. If he feels implants might be possible, he will send you to us for a placement evaluation.