Dental Implant

Dental Implant

The Natural Teeth Implant Center dental implant procedure provides you with teeth that look natural and feel great. We use only the top-of-the-line materials: Titanium and Zirconia, which help ensure the durability of your new teeth. Dental implant placement is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry. When placed by the experienced oral surgeons at Natural Teeth Implant Center, your dental implants should last a lifetime.

Who is eligible for dental implants?

Candidates for dental implants often have experienced one or more of the following:

  • Broken Teeth

    Oral surgeons work to repair injured jaws and broken teeth, but teeth that can’t be properly restored can be replaced with dental implants.

  • Missing Teeth

    Missing teeth lead to bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants integrate with the jaw bone and help maintain bone integrity.

  • Infected Gums/Bone

    Infection in the gums and jaw can lead to serious health problems. Sometimes this infection can’t be eliminated without extracting teeth.

  • Dissatisfaction With Dentures

    Many denture wearers often experience slippage, painful rubbing against the gums, loss of appetite, and inability to eat certain foods. Switching to dental implants can eliminate these problems.

Why Get Dental Implants?

When a tooth is lost, the integrity of the jaw bone may be compromised. Jaw bone that is not in contact with the root of a tooth can slowly erode, leading to the displacement of the surrounding teeth and, in some cases, infection. A dental implant can be embedded under the gum line and the bone will fuse with the implant through a process known as osseointegration. By maintaining the integrity of your jaw with a dental implant, you can save yourself from excess pain and dental work later on.

The Procedure

Full Mouth

If over half of your teeth are failing, you may be deemed by our doctors as eligible for a full arch/full mouth dental implant procedure. Candidates first schedule a consultation to have a CT scan taken of your mouth, jaw, and teeth. This gives the doctors a high-resolution 3D model to better understand your condition and explain the best treatment plan for you. The consultation is also an opportunity for you to meet the doctor and ask any questions you may have.

When you arrive on the day of your procedure, you will be seated comfortably in our theater-style waiting area. Soon after, our staff will escort you to the procedure room where our anesthesiologist will help you sleep comfortably through General Anesthesia. The oral surgeon will remove remaining teeth and place implants. He will then take an impression of your mouth to be used for the creation of your new teeth.

You will be transferred to rest in a recovery room where you’ll slowly wake up. During this time, your custom-made teeth are being finalized by the technicians in our on-site lab. The doctor will then fit the new teeth to your implants and you will leave our office with new teeth that day. This initial set of acrylic teeth, or “test-drive” teeth, is used for easy adjustment and healing throughout your healing period. During this 6-month period, the implants will naturally fuse with your jawbone, and our lab technicians will prepare your permanent set of Zirconia teeth.

6 months later, you will return to our office or visit a local prosthodontist to have your permanent Zirconia teeth placed.

Single Tooth

We will take a CT scan of your teeth and jaw to get an accurate map for the procedure. On the day of the procedure, our oral surgeon will sedate you with one of the following:

  • Local Anesthesia: The numbing of specific areas in your mouth through injection.
  • IV Sedation: The administering of mild doses of sedatives through the vein to reduce anxiety, block pain, and put patients into a twilight state.
  • General Anesthesia: Ensuring you will sleep soundly throughout the surgery by receiving drugs through a vein and breathing through a nasal tube.

If there is still a tooth remaining where the dental implant will be placed, the tooth will be extracted at this time. The surgeon will then clean and remove any infection present in the gum or bone in that area.

If the underlying bone isn’t yet dense enough for the placement of an implant, the surgeon will perform bone grafting. Natural or artificial bone material will be affixed to the bone area and given a healing period to fuse together. This time period is subject to vary according to the patient’s anatomy and healing.

After this healing period, your bone will be thick and dense enough for the implant placement procedure. You will return to our office to have the implant placed and then undergo a 6 month healing period as the implant fuses to the jaw.

After this second healing period, your final procedure will be a simple fitting of the crown onto the implant, which can be done in our partnering dental office or at your local dentist.