Implant Procedures

What are dental Implants?

Dental Implants are root shaped titanium or Ziconia posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the missing teeth.  Dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, anchor the denture or partial denture to the patient’s jaw.

The bone grows into the dental implants, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  Then small posts that protrude through the gums are attached to the implant.  The implant crowns are placed over the posts, which look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Dental implants not only prevent deterioration of bone, but also stimulate bone growth.

Dental implants have changed the way dentist treatment plan their patients.  Also, they have changed people’s lives.  Patients can eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life again.  

What is involved in the dental implant procedure?

The first step in the dental implant process is the development of a customized plan.  The plan is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in implant surgery (either a periodontist or an oral surgeon) and prosthodontist.  This team approach provides coordinated care based on the best implant option. 

For majority of patient, dental implants are two phase treatment.  Phase one is the surgical phase, which consist of placement of the titanium/Zirconia root form into the jaw bone.  For the first six to eight weeks following surgery, the implants beneath the surface of the gums gradually bond with the bone (osseointegration).  During this period you are temporized by bonded bridge, or temporary crown, or temporary partial or a denture (depending on patient’s case). 

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the phase two starts.  A connector post, called abutment, is screwed into the implant.  To fabricate your new tooth, Dr. Shayestehfar takes an impression of the post as well as of your teeth.  The implant crown is then attached or cemented to the abutment. 

Implant crowns

A dental implant is a tooth-root replacement, to which an implant crown is attached. The crown is the only part you see in the mouth.  An adjoining support structure called an “abutment” is often used to allow for this transition and connection from implant body to the crown.  Crown can be placed on the implant in two ways, either cemented to abutment or screwed in.  While a successful dental implant can last a lifetime, most crowns do not. They may need to be replaced or repaired periodically, and this is much easier to do if they are attached with screws. 

Screw-retained restorations can only be used in areas where the screw access holes are not so conspicuous, like the biting surfaces of back teeth. These access holes can be filled with composite tooth-colored filling material, rendering them essentially invisible to all but the dentist.

Implant crowns can be fabricated from variety of materials, from gold to metal free crowns.  The material of choice depends on the esthetic requirement as well as occlusal forces. 

Implant Bridges

What are dental Implants?

Dental Implants are root shaped titanium or Ziconia posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the missing teeth.  Dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, anchor the denture or partial denture to the patient’s jaw.

The bone grows into the dental implants, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  Then small posts that protrude through the gums are attached to the implant.  The implant crowns are placed over the posts, which look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Dental implants not only prevent deterioration of bone, but also stimulate bone growth.

Dental implants have changed the way dentist treatment plan their patients.  Also, they have changed people’s lives.  Patients can eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life again.  

What is involved in the dental implant procedure?

The first step in the dental implant process is the development of a customized plan.  The plan is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in implant surgery (either a periodontist or an oral surgeon) and prosthodontist.  This team approach provides coordinated care based on the best implant option. 

For majority of patient, dental implants are two phase treatment.  Phase one is the surgical phase, which consist of placement of the titanium/Zirconia root form into the jaw bone.  For the first six to eight weeks following surgery, the implants beneath the surface of the gums gradually bond with the bone (osseointegration).  During this period you are temporized by bonded bridge, or temporary crown, or temporary partial or a denture (depending on patient’s case). 

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the phase two starts.  A connector post, called abutment, is screwed into the implant.  To fabricate your new tooth, Dr. Shayestehfar takes an impression of the post as well as of your teeth.  The implant crown is then attached or cemented to the abutment. 

 

Implant bridges

An implant- supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth.  Implant- supported bridge can replace as few as three missing teeth to full arch.  The number of implants to support a bridge depends on number of missing teeth, amount of existing bone and quality of existing bone. 

The actual implant-supported bridge can be made from different material.  The bridge can be gold, porcelain fused to gold, Zirconia, or Emax.  The material of choice depends on the esthetic requirement; expand of the bridge and occlusal forces. 

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Before

patient was unhappy with look of her front teeth.