Dental Implants

The replacement of hopeless or lost teeth has been a revolution in denistry. Our office has been a leader in these techniques. Thorough planning and precise placement are essential for your sucess. Your treatment is individually tailored to your needs. The details of your care will be discussed and clearly defined.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence.

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

Dr. Dobbin has received extensive training in placing dental implants. He has been placing dental implants since 1988.

What Are Dental Implants?

The implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing

Dr. Dobbin has received extensive training in placing dental implants. He has been placing dental implants since 1988.

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COMPUTER GUIDED DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY

Computer guided dental implant surgery represents a giant step forward in replacement of teeth with dental implants at no additional cost. All of our implant patients get an ICAT scan in our office which delineates the topography of the bone three dimensionally. By coupling this information from the scan with special software on the computer, Dr. Dobbin performs the surgery on the computer before the actual surgery. A surgical guide can be created by the software which allows for precise placement of the dental implants.

The Surgical Procedure

Dr. Dobbin performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip, or tibia. The implants are placed with local anesthesia, with or without I.V. sedation.

Using the surgical splint generated by the computer Dr. Dobbin places the implants in an arthroscopic manner. The implants require a minimum of 6 weeks to heal before the artificial teeth are placed. There are situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in implant dentistry have made it possible to place implants with crowns at one visit. This process, “immediate loading”, greatly simplifies the implant process.

Dental Implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Dobbin performs the actual implant surgery (and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary), your dentist (or one we provide for you) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant 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

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Dobbin 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 implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Sometimes, the temporary crowns or bridge can be placed when the dental implants are placed.

What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants placed 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 attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental Implant Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the dental implant process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about dental implants.

Dental Implant Overview

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Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize that there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several 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 35 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: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for 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 grafts are performed in the office using local anesthesia, and I.V. sedation.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and keeping regular appointments with your dentist.