Dental Implants

Replace teeth in one day with dental implantsDental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants allow patients to regain the ability to smile with confidence, eat normally and be secure in the knowledge that they have selected a treatment that will provide a long-term, predictable solution.

What are Dental Implants?

The dental implants themselves are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These titanium posts act as tooth root substitutes. During the healing phase the bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for replacement teeth. Small posts (abutments) that protrude through the gums are then attached to the dental implant. These abutments provide stable anchors for the replacement teeth.

Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

For more information about dental implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Spanganberg, call our Gilbert office at ☎ Gilbert Office Phone Number 480-279-3113 or our Yuma office at ☎ Yuma Office Phone Number 928-329-6447.

Dental Implants Surgical Procedure

For some patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, the dental implants are placed within the bone in the area of the missing teeth. For the first three to six months following surgery, the dental implants are allowed to heal, left beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. During this healing phase, you can return to normal activity and a near normal diet.

After the dental implants have healed and bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. During a minor procedure Dr. Spanganberg will uncover the implants and attach small posts (abutments) that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the new teeth. When the new teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire process on average takes between four to six. Most patients experience little to no disruption in their daily life during this healing process.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

Immediate implant placement

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Spanganberg is able to place single stage dental implants. These dental implants are placed during the same procedure in which the teeth are removed and do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but still require four to six months of healing before the new teeth are made. There are even situations (usually with front teeth) where a dental implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction and a temporary tooth (crown) can be made and attached to the implant.

Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Spanganberg performs the dental implant surgery, including initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the new teeth. Dr. Spanganberg and his team will work closely with your dentist to ensure a seamless process.

What Types of Prosthesis are Available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own dental implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more missing teeth and will require at minimum two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of dental implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachment, whereas a fixed prosthesis is attached to the dental implants by small screws and can only be removed  by your dentist or a dental specialist.

Dr. Spanganberg performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery, while infrequent, is reserved for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who require extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.

Why Dental Implants?

They give you the best opportunity to regain your smile, confidence and ability to eat the foods that you love! When you lose a tooth, several teeth or all your remaining teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 50 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types of Restorations?

There are several reasons. When choosing a fixed bridge to replace a missing tooth, you are committing to compromising the teeth on either side of the space to fill the gap. A bridge is susceptible to decay and surrounding gum disease and on average lasts less than 10 years before it needs to be replaced; what started out a single tooth missing often turns into multiple missing teeth! Partial and complete dentures lead to bone loss in the areas of the missing teeth and need to be removed after eating to keep clean and should be removed every night;  not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and incredibly embarrassing.

Are You a Candidate for Dental mplants?

If you are considering dental implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for dental implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What Type of Anesthesia is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without intravenous sedation. When being honest, most people admit to anxiety or outright fear when faced with a planned dental procedure! While many of the procedures can be completed with local anesthesia (numbing injections), most people opt for and are grateful for the opportunity to be sedated and be completely asleep during their procedure, or at the very least, in a “twilight” state of sedation.

Do Dental Implants Need Special Care?

Once the dental implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

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