Dental implants often are the best treatment for the replacement of missing teeth. These tooth replacements are surgically placed in the jawbone, and with proper oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime. Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants don’t make clicking noises, slide around, cause pain, or damage the teeth or bone structure around them. Instead, implants become a permanent part of a smile, allowing your teeth to look, feel, and work like natural teeth.
The overall success rate for dental implants is about 95%. With almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
Before Deciding on Implants
Dental implants can be a solution for all adults, even those with existing medical conditions or mouth problems. Before you have implants placed, you would meet with your dentist; together, you will make a plan to explore this option and your dentist then creates a team.
You first will undergo a comprehensive evaluation, x-rays, and consultation with the team. Our experienced surgeons work in collaboration with your dentist to ensure the dental implant process is seamless. Drs. Haas, Gulbrandsen, Tidstrom, Stich, Kurtzman, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, and McMahon perform the surgery, while your dentist fits and creates the permanent prosthesis. The majority of implant surgeries are performed in the operating suites at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants with local anesthesia or IV sedation.
Once You Decide to Receive Implants
The implant surgery consists of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon placing the implant post in your jaw. Once the implant is stabilized, your regular dentist makes impressions of your upper and lower jaws. From these impressions, a model is made, which then is used to create the crown that is affixed to your implant. After the implant is completely installed, the patient goes to several post-op examinations to ensure the progress is precise and that you are completely comfortable.
As with all of our surgical procedures, the surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants are dedicated to our patients’ comfort and surgical success.
When a jawline has missing teeth, often the bone structure diminishes over time. After the jawbone has reached a certain point of loss, you cannot receive dental implants. Depending on the severity of the jawbone loss, you may need only minor bone grafting, which we can perform at the same time we place your implant. In more extreme cases, it could take up to nine months for your bone graft to develop enough new bone strength to support a dental implant.
Experts with Patient Needs
Fortunately, Drs. Omlie, Haas, Gulbrandsen, Tidstrom, Stich, Kurtzman, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, and McMahon are experts when it comes to identifying patient needs, then placing the right kind of bone grafts in these areas. By doing so, they enable you to restore functionality, along with improving your physical appearance.
How Grafts Work
The grafts can be obtained two different ways: either from a tissue bank or from the patient’s own hip or jaw. The grafted bone is then placed in the weakened area, where it will be set up to fuse with the existing bone around it. Bone grafts also can be used to treat bone diminishment that is the result of traumatic injuries, gum disease, previous extractions, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. When needed, the talented surgeons at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants also perform sinus bone grafts to replace bone loss in the posterior upper jaw.