The Initial Evaluation
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that 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, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tooth roots made of titanium. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dr. Brently Grimard has received advanced training in the surgical placement of dental implants. He has been certified in the diagnosis and placement of single and multiple implants, immediate implant placement, sinus augmentation, and multiple implant placement for dentures as well as regenerative procedures necessary to prepare sites and maintain implants. Dr. Grimard uses the top implant systems including: Straumann, Nobel, and Zimmer.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you come to our office for a dental and radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, Dr. Grimard will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone.
The second phase begins. Dr. Grimard, will uncover the implants and attach small posts (abutments), which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Grimard is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them. 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. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible in select cases, to extract teeth, and place implants with crowns at one visit. This process, called "immediate loading" greatly simplifies the surgical process.
Once the implant is healed and ready for the restoration we will contact your General Dentist to set up the restortive process and communicate with them about the specifics of your case.
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 the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants 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 one is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Implants are a team effort between an Implantologists and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Grimard performs the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Who performs the implant placement?
Teeth that look and feel like your own
Why dental implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve you 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.
Why would you 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 you mouth is not ideal for implants, there are several excellent options to improving outcome, such as bone grafting. During your examination Dr. Grimard may suggest taking a 3D x-ray to verify the amount of bone available to place implants in a particular area...
What type of anesthesia is used?
The majority of dental implants and bone grafts can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without sedation.
Do Implants need special care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
The surgical procedure
What types of prostheses are available?
Implants vs. Bridges