What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Rothstein 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 implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between a periodontist and a restorative dentist. Dr. Rothstein performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Dental Implants FAQ
Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?
It depends! We offer a variety of temporary options when the implant site is near the front of your mouth and visible. We want you to be as comfortable as possible, and we use bridges and transitional implants to help you through the healing phase. And sometimes, we can attach the permanent teeth when we place the implants.
Do dental implants hurt?
No! You will receive anesthesia during surgery, so you will not feel a thing. You may experience some discomfort as the anesthesia wears off but nothing you can’t manage with over-the-counter medications.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
100%! Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, so you can eat all your favorite foods, smile, laugh, and speak without worry once again!
Will I need to miss work for dental implants?
It depends on your case, the implant site, your oral health, and the type of sedation you need. Plan to take a few days off work, but you may be ready to jump back into your regular daily routine within a few hours.
What are single-stage implants?
Single-stage implants require just one surgical procedure in which we place the implant and have no need to disrupt the surrounding soft tissue. We leave it as is for the attachment of the abutment.
What if I am missing a lot of teeth?
We recommend implant-supported dentures as the ideal teeth replacement method for a full arch of missing teeth. Like dentures, this full-arch prosthesis is an excellent solution that attaches permanently to your jaw providing stability, security, and jaw health.
What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?
There are very few risks when it comes to dental implants. We have been placing implants for decades, and ours have a success rate of 98%. Any risk is quite low and like those of all minor procedures: injury to neighboring teeth, infection, etc.
How long do dental implants last?
Thanks to today’s advanced technology and Dr. Rothstein’s experience and expertise, we place implants that last for decades. Give them proper care like you do your natural teeth, and you can expect them to last a lifetime.
When will I have my permanent teeth?
This depends on the details of your case. Every patient is different. We place permanent restorations anywhere from one to twelve months after implant surgery.
How do I care for my implants?
Implant teeth are as close as you can get to natural teeth, and care for them is no different. Brush twice and floss once daily, and you’re bound to enjoy your implants for a very long time.