What are Dental Implants?.


    Posted by Dr. William Linger, DDS, MAGD

    What are dental implants

    It used to be that the only cosmetic option for the loss of a tooth from injury, periodontal disease, or decay was a bridge or dentures – or a permanent gap in the smile. But now dental implants have provided a permanent, comfortable, and natural-looking alternative.

    What are dental implants?

    Dental implants are defined as metal frames or posts that are implanted into the jawbone under the gums. This foundation is then used to mount either permanent or removable replacement teeth that closely match your own teeth.

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    How does the process work?

    Although every case will differ slightly based on specific circumstances, the same basic steps always apply:

    1. An individual treatment plan will be developed based on the patient's needs and candidacy for the procedure.
    2. The titanium post  will be implanted into the jawbone under the missing tooth. While typically done via traditional implant surgery, Dr. Linger is one of the few dentists in the world who offers both microsurgery and Computer Navigated Implant Surgery. These revolutionary procedures not only allow for smaller incisions and often no stitches, they result in reduced pain, bleeding, and swelling, and faster recovery times.
    3. Once the jawbone has healed and securely anchored the post, a smaller connector post will be secured on top to affix the replacement tooth.
    4. The replacement tooth (a crown that has been created via an impression of your teeth and bite) will be attached to the connector post.

    How long does the process take?

    From beginning to end, the entire dental implant process can take as little as one day or up to nine months, depending on your specific condition.

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    What are the benefits of dental implants?

    • Aesthetics: Dental implants are the most natural-looking option available to replace missing teeth.
    • Convenience: Unlike dentures, which must be removed nightly and for cleaning, and bridges, which may require reducing other teeth, dental implants are a permanent solution.
    • Comfort: Because dental implants are designed to fuse with the bone, they allow for natural speech, eating, and dental routines.

    Who are the best candidates?

    While anyone may be a candidate for dental implant surgery, the best candidates for effectiveness meet the following criteria:

    • Good overall health
    • Good oral health – any issues like gum disease or tooth decay should be addressed prior to beginning the dental implant process
    • Non-smoker
    • Other factors such as jawbone density and commitment to proper tooth care

    How to choose a dentist for the procedure?

    When it comes to an oral procedure as involved as dental implants, it's crucial to select the right dentist. Your oral health (and smile!) are quite literally in the practitioner's hands. Look for dentists that fit the following criteria:

    • Advanced, Verifiable Training: Experience counts! Seek out credentials and training levels to ensure you're working with the best. Here at William Linger, DDS, MAGD, we're proud to boast that he is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a designation that fewer than 1% of dentists have achieved.
    • Most Advanced Technology: Better technology results in better results. When it comes to dental implants, microsurgery is the most advanced technology on the market. Not only will this provide more precise results, it will limit trauma and discomfort for the patient.
    • Continuity of Care: It is much better to have a single doctor managing your entire dental implant treatment plan than various individuals. The doctor will fully understand your case from beginning to end, and you will have the comfort of knowing where to go and what to expect each time.
    • Success Rates: Look for a dentist that shares a proven track record of success. At Dr. William Linger, DDS, we have a dental implant success rate of over 98%.

    If you're considering a dental implant, contact us at William Linger, DDS, MAGD and talk to one of our caring staff to learn more and schedule a no-cost consultation.

    Topics: Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry

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