Dental Implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The individual who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours are preserved.
What Are Dental Implants:
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone in areas where teeth are missing. these titanium structures take the place of the roots of missing teeth. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. The implants stimulate the jawbone and strongly secure your teeth in the same way your natural tooth roots would.
Dental Implant Maintenance:
Implants will serve their purpose for many years if you take care of them. This means taking time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with Stubblefield Dental. Smoking may interfere with the success of dental implants.
Problems and Risk:
Dr. Earl Stubblefield will take every step necessary to provide the best possible outcome for all of his patients. However, just like any type of surgery, you always have the risk of bleeding, infection, nerve damage, numbness, sinus problems, or damage to surrounding structures.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Implants offer a firm support to man-made teeth. Dentures, bridges, or single teeth attached to the implants will not shift in your mouth.
- Implants provide a secure fit keeping teeth intact.
- Where teeth are missing, dental implants also help prevent resorption of bone.
- Implants are a good value because they can last a lifetime with good oral care.
- Implants help man-made teeth feel natural.
- Most people find implant- supported dentures more comfortable than dentures that do not attach to implants.
- missing teeth may affect how you speak.
- Increase the chewing surface area, thus decreasing the stress put on your natural teeth.
- Implants prevent the face from sagging which can occur with the loss of teeth or bone.
- Can prevent you from having a gap or space between natural teeth.
Before Placement of the Implant:
Before the placement of an implant, Dr. Earl Stubblefield will take a CBCT Scan and digital impressions of your mouth. Dr. Stubblefield will use this information along with implant planning software and place the implant in your mouth. Using this highly advanced technological software has several benefits for you, the patient. Location of inferior alveolar nerve and sinus floor is mapped out. This is a very important step to help prevent the patient from having more surgeries or numbness. The implant planning software gives Dr. Stubblefield the opportunity to virtually place the implant in the best location for functional and cosmetic purposes and allows him to predetermine the optimized size of implant needed, all before the surgery takes place.
Placement of Implant:
Dr. Earl Stubblefield will answer any questions you may have before we start the procedure. He will administer the patient with local anesthetic and provide N2O at the patients request. Placement of the implant will take 30 minutes. Patients may have some tenderness/discomfort after the procedure. We will schedule you back in our office to see Dr. Stubblefield for a one week follow up. Dr. Earl Stubblefield, Dr. Christine Rayburn, and staff are available if any patients may have problems after the procedure.
Immediately following the implant placement, the patient typically experiences only mild soreness for a few days. The implant is covered and allowed 4-5 months to fully integrate into the jaw bone. At this point, the restoration is ready to be inserted.
Placement of the Prosthesis (What Types Are Available):
- A crown to replace one missing tooth (single implant).
- Fixed bridge to replace two or more missing teeth (multiple implants).
- Partial/Complete Denture replaces several missing teeth or complete mouth.
Replacement prosthesis teeth are attached to the implant. Because the dental implants integrate or fuse with the jawbone, an implant-supported prosthesis tends to be comfortable and stable, allowing you to bite and chew naturally.
Are You A Candidate?
- Do you smoke or use tobacco products?
- You must have sufficient healthy bone to support the implant. A bone graft can be used to add bone in certain cases.
- Chronic illness such as diabetes will slow healing process after surgery and affect the long-term life of an implant.
- Home care and regular dental visits are VERY important factors that affect the success of implants.
Guided Implant Placement:
Dr. Earl Stubblefield uses a surgical guide when placing dental implants. This process includes collecting data using an in-office CBCT Scan (CT Scan or Cone Beam) and digital impressions of the teeth/jaws. He then places the implant digitally using state-of-the-art dental implant software. Taking into consideration sensitive areas such as teeth roots, other implants, nerves, and sinuses. A surgical guide is fabricated to aid in the surgery for accurate and predictable implant placement. Incorporating a surgical guide into implant surgery is an extra step taken by Dr. Stubblefield to ensure proper implant placement/angulation.
- Guided implant vs. non-guided comes down to two things: Anatomy and Accuracy!
- Avoiding Vital Anatomy (Nerves, sinus, nasal cavity, tooth roots, adjacent implants) is a primary indication for guided- implant planning placement. The ability to visualize surrounding anatomy, while planning the placement of a dental implant is a powerful tool! The implant can be predictably placed according to the plan. Guided surgery, with appropriate planning, involves prosthetic outcomes and minimizes the possibility of patient injury.
- With our Galileos Dental CT Scanner, Dr. Earl Stubblefield is able to transfer your scan to our extremely sophisticated implant planning software. This software allows Dr. Stubblefield to see exactly where the implant will be placed in your mouth. Our goal is to utilize the best technology to achieve desired results for our patients.
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