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.
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.
“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.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Fink or Gady 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 an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Fink or Gady 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.
Connecticut Center for Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery, PC
I was referred to Dr. Gary by my dentist. He and his staff were top notch. They made me feel very comfortable and explained the procedure in detail. They were able to do a biopsy on the spot. Very professional. I would highly recommend Dr. Gady to anyone in need of a oral surgeon.
- Susan B
I thank the entire staff for taking care of me. Also, thank you to the woman in the office who explained the credit care card to me. She was very informative and patient. I appreciate doctors that are honest. Dr. Gady explained that the procedure might not work because it was in a difficult location. I think he may have been nervous, too! However, he worked magic! His mother would be proud! I can't wait to get my tooth!! I hope I never need another implant but if I do Dr. Gady is the man!
- Sheila F
From the first phone call to the final visit, Dr. Gady was on top of every question and concern I had. Even having to call in the middle of the night, he called me back in minutes to let me know what was happening, which turned out to be nothing and we laughed about it when I last saw him. Hopefully I won't have to return, but if I do, I know where to go.
- Alex M
Doctors and staff were great! Everything went smoothly. I would recommend them to anyone.
- John M