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Replace missing teeth with dental implants

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Dr. Richardson partners with Oral Surgeons such as Dr.’s Knoff, Fettig, and Naumann to provide you with the most comprehensive implant and restorative dentistry available.  Dental implants are changing the way people live.  The decision to replace missing teeth is a big one.  You are evaluating both the function and the cosmetic replacement of your natural teeth.  Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.  The person choosing dental implants to replace lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything while knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.  Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence!

What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing.  These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.  Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone by your Oral Surgeon. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. Dr. Richardson may provide temporary teeth, such as a removal bridge, during this time to provide our patients with a beautiful, comfortable smile during this healing phase.  Please see our video featuring Molly to understand how she feels about this process after having her front teeth knocked out during a soccer match and  replaced with implants.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your Oral Surgeon will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When Dr. Richardson crafts the artificial teeth, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Surgical Advances
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, your Oral Surgeon is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. 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. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with crowns at one visit. This procedure, called “immediate loading”, actually performs the implant placement.
Implants are a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While your Oral Surgeon performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, Dr. Richardson fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. He 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) 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. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

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.  As you may attest, lost teeth may affect how others view you personally and professionally and how you feel about yourself.  Your smile is the first impression you make on others.
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. To bridge a space, you will need to sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. Please call Kirkland Dentistry for Dr. Richardson to evaluate your success with dental implants.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

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 (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

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