Dental implants are changing people’s lives. They are literally the best thing that has happened to our patients over the last 30 years. They provide a foundation for replacement teeth which 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, laugh, and live with a renewed confidence. Dental implants are changing people’s lives. They are literally the best thing that has happened to our patients over the last 30 years. They provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that their teeth are securely, permanently in place.
What are Dental Implants?
Philosophically dental implants are the part of dentistry that will forever change your life. Technically, the implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are gently inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. They act as artificial roots. Upon placement, the bone bonds with the titanium creating a strong foundation for natural looking teeth that function like your own!
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. When teeth are lost, the bone starts to melt away in this area. Over time severe bone loss can occur resulting in both functional and esthetic problems. Dental implants can help to preserve bone that otherwise would have been lost. They are a wonderful way to restore youthfulness including the ability to smile, eat with confidence and in some patients, they help to restore facial youthfulness that can be lost with age as one looses teeth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Most of our patients find that placement of dental implants is far easier than having a tooth extracted. The procedure can be done with local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Halusic and his team will discuss your case with you including the available options for anesthesia before you receive any treatment.
Many patients are concerned they will be without teeth during the healing process of dental implant treatment. Nothing can be further from the truth! We will be sure to coordinate a temporary restoration for you so you will leave with teeth during the healing process.
How advanced is dental implant surgery?
CT guided dental implant surgery is very accurate and reduces surgical time thus making the procedure more comfortable. It is the highest level of care available today in the field of dental implants. Using three dimensional(3D) views of your jaw, Dr. Halusic can plan your surgery ahead of time using special software. Custom surgical guides are printed from this information which guide placement of the implant at the time of surgery. Vital structures such as nerves and sinuses and adjacent teeth can be visualized through the use of the three dimensional scan and special software creating a much higher margin of safety and allowing the procedure to be completed in a shorter time.
Dr. Halusic is a leader in the field of CT guided surgery and has completed over 200 guided cases. Due to his vast experience with CT guided dental implant technology, he was recently featured in a newsletter published by one of the world’s largest implant companies (Biomet 3i) which is distributed to clinicians around the world. If you would like to read this article, CLICK HERE and scroll to page 5.
Who actually performs the dental implant placement?
At The Facial Surgery Center, your implant will be placed by Dr. Halusic, a board certified oral and maxillo-facial surgeon. In order for you to obtain the best result, your case will be a team effort between Dr. Halusic and your restorative dentist. Since Dr. Halusic is a surgical specialist who has placed over 4000 implants, you are getting expert surgical care. When the implant is restored you will have the expert care of your restorative dentist. Both doctors will be doing what they do best and as a result, you are receiving the highest level of care possible.
How many teeth can be replaced by dental implants?
Dental implants can be utilized to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth depending upon your needs. Dr. Halusic and his surgical team will discuss all options that fit your particular situation.
Where is the surgical procedure performed?
Most implant surgery performed by Dr. Halusic can be done in his office surgical suite where operating room standards are followed with respect to sterility and procedure protocol. For those patients that have medical conditions that require a hospital type setting, the surgery can be completed at one of the local hospitals or at an out-patient surgical center.
Why are dental implants needed?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve you 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.
Can dental implants really give you 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 thirty-five 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 would you select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations, like dentures?
Dental implants are the number one solution for missing teeth. With “traditional” restorations such as a bridge, the enamel on the adjacent teeth is cut off and these teeth are cut down to make enough of room for a cap. Over time the adjacent teeth may be compromised with leaking margins and recurrent decay and these teeth can be lost. So if you are replacing one tooth with a three unit bridge, two perfectly good teeth can be put at risk. In essence, by doing a bridge instead of a dental implant, you are making a one tooth problem a three tooth problem.
Sometimes partial dentures are utilized to replace missing teeth. These are removable dentures which replace one or several teeth. They are frequently uncomfortable and bothersome to the patient, and have been nicknamed “pocket partials” because they end up in the patient’s pocket instead of in their mouth and many times are only utilized when a socially embarrassing situation is at hand. Dental implants eliminate these embarrassing moments by giving you fixed teeth in your mouth that do not come out. They function and look like your own teeth!
When a patient is missing all of their teeth, they are frequently reconstructed with “traditional” dentures. Traditional dentures reduce the ability to chew food by 75% in comparison to natural teeth. They frequently will move around, and cause ulcerations and pain. Also once teeth removed, the problem is compounded by loss of bone which requires that new dentures be made every 5 to 10 years. Many people deal with loose dentures by using denture adhesives which is a multi-billion dollar business in the United States. These adhesives are messy and most patients use them out of desperation. All of these problems can be solved with implant supported dentures. Two to four implants can be placed in the upper or lower jaw to secure a denture which results in significantly improved chewing ability, and renewed confidence to smile and eat.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
If you are missing teeth, you are a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Halusic will examine your mouth thoroughly and review your medical and dental history. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended. There are also advances that eliminate the need for bone grafting in many patients. All of this will be discussed with you in detail prior to any treatment.
Do dental 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 continuing care appointments with your dentist.