ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL
SURGERY PROCEDURES: DENTAL IMPLANTS
An implant is a small "anchor" made of safe titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of missing tooth.
- 1) Looks and feels like natural teeth
- 2) Simple surgical procedure with a 95% Success Rate
- 3) Stops jaw bone deterioration
- 4) Eliminates denture sore spots
- 5) You will experience comfortable eating -no more slipping or rubbing of your denture
- 6) You will have more confidence smiling-no more slipping or movement of your denture
- 7) Safe and Medically proven to replace missing teeth
- 8) Cost is similiar to bridgework and eliminates need to grind down healthy teeth for a bridge
- 9) Helps face retain its natural shape (missing teeth can result in a "sunken" face appearance
- 10) Implants if taken care of properly can last a life-time, where dentures and bridges need to be remade approximately every 7-15 years
Are you a candidate for implants?
If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you're probably healthy enough to have an implant - whether your missing teeth are the result of injury, disease, or decay. General good health and adequate bone in the jaw are the key requirements. Dr. Casey can tell you if implants are right for you.
Bone Grafting Procedures
When teeth are lost due to previous extractions, decay, periodontal disease or trauma, the bone that supported these teeth may begin to atrophy, resorb and degenerate. This bone may now be too thin or may result in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In the past, these patients would not be candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to grow or graft bone where needed. This allows us to place implants of proper length and width, it gives you, the patient better function and esthetics.
The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee.)
Maxillary Sinus Lift and Bone Graft
A Maxillary Sinus lift can be performed to assist in creating more room for an implant to be placed in the back of upper jaw. In addition, guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration may be performed. This procedure utilizes a special membranes that dissolves under the gum tissue to protect the bone graft and encourage new bone regeneration
- 1) Single tooth replacement
- 2) Multiple tooth replacement
- 3) Implant supported overdenture