For the permanent replacement of missing teeth, we proudly recommend dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium posts that can be surgically placed in the upper or lower jawbone as a replacement for a front or back tooth. These titanium posts act as substitute tooth roots which can be used to anchor dental crowns, dentures, and bridges. Thanks to the jawbone’s ability to permanently bond with the surface of the implant post, a strong foundation can be formed to support new teeth.
Dental Implant Surgery
Typically, two surgical procedures are necessary for the completion of a dental implant:
The initial surgical procedure involves the placement of the implant post into the jaw bone. For a period of 3-6 months, the implant post will be covered by a protective layer of gum tissue, during which time the post and the bone will become fused or integrated together.
Once the bond between the implant post and the bone has been confirmed, a second surgical procedure will be performed in which the implant post is uncovered and fitted with a small connecting abutment. The abutment will extend above the gumline just enough to be connected with the appropriate tooth replacement.
The average implant procedure takes approximately 6-8 months, the length of time necessary for the implant to become fused with the surrounding bone tissue.
Team-Oriented Dental Care
The success of your dental implant is based upon the teamwork between the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and your restorative dentist. Dr. Peak will perform both phases of the implant surgery, any necessary tooth extractions, and any related bone grafting procedures. When the status of the implant is secure, your restorative dentist will design and place your final restoration. Our surgical team will communicate directly and openly with your dentist regarding your progress during and after surgery.
Shrinkage and distortion of the jawbone are common after the loss of a natural tooth. This tends to leave the bone unsuitable for dental implants. To improve the health of the bone and to create a stable foundation for the implant, the bone can be surgically augmented. If necessary, we can promote the growth of newer, healthier bone to support your future implant.
Ridge augmentation involves the reshaping of the bone after a tooth extraction in order to create more natural contours in the gums and the jaw.
Sinus augmentation, or a sinus lift, is a common surgical procedure for patients who have experienced bone loss in the upper portion of the jaw. To create enough space for the length of the implant post near the upper sinuses, the floor of the sinus can be repositioned and reinforced with additional bone tissue.
It is fortunate that dental implants are still an option even when bone loss is a concern. Bone grafting makes it possible for dental implants to be properly placed in a manner that restores your natural functions as well as your appearance.