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Are you missing one or more teeth? Have you been told by a dentist that you need a dental implant? Do you have a friend who has told you that a dental implant is a solution you should look into? An evaluation appointment, or initial examination, with Dr. Craddock, Dr. Godat, or Dr. King is the first place to start. Before dental implant placement, they will evaluate your individual oral health and determine if your bone density and quantity is enough to support a dental implant. If your bone has deteriorated, become diseased, or simply dissolved away due to missing teeth or aging, they may be able to perform bone regeneration or bone grafting to make dental implants possible.
If you have periodontitis, periodontal disease treatment to remove diseased gum tissue and rid your mouth of bacteria will be completed before dental implants are placed. Placing implants into diseased tissue contributes to implant failure.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves several surgical procedures. We try to perform as many steps as possible during each appointment, to cut down on the number of visits you require and to speed healing time.
Dr. Craddock and Dr. Godat have decades of experience and have collectively placed over 23,000 implants. Dental implant placement performed by our Memphis periodontists have a success rate of up to 95% or higher, and the implant, once placed, can last 20-30 years or even for the rest of your lifetime.
If you have gum disease, periodontal treatment to remove disease gum tissue and clear your mouth of bacteria will be necessary before dental implants are placed.
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Once the ideal positioning for your implant is determined, the titanium screw will be placed in the jawbone and covered by the gum. While in some cases the abutment and a temporary restoration may be placed immediately, in most cases there will be a two to four month healing period before the next step. This allows for osseointegration, which is the process of the bone bonding firmly to the implant and ensuring it is stable and secure.
Once healing from the first step is complete, the implant is uncovered. An abutment is secured to the base of the implant and a healing collar is fitted to prepare the gum for the final restoration. The abutment is a small post that extends up through the gum and allows for the placement of the restoration. Another healing period usually follows the placement of the abutment.
The final step in the dental implant process is the placement of the restoration, which can be a single “tooth”, a bridge, or a partial or full denture that connects to the implant. Your Memphis periodontist will monitor you throughout the implant process to ensure the implant is stable and well-integrated and that your restoration is customized for a perfect fit.
The success rate for dental implants placed in a healthy mouth are extremely high. On the rare occasion that a dental implant begins to fail, there are remedial treatments, such as LAPIP, which can help save the implant and resolve the issue. Your dental implants will look, feel, and function like real teeth, and can be cared for in the same way, with regular visits to your periodontist advised to ensure ongoing health and functionality.
Contact us today for a consultation and find out if dental implants are right for you.
Fixed Options Anchored with Dental Implants – remain in the mouth and are not removable (examples: bridge, crown, fixed hybrid denture). People commonly use the word “Permanent” to mean fixed.
Removable Options Anchored with Dental Implants – can be taken in and out of the mouth and are easier to clean (example: denture, partial, “flipper”, “spit plate”).
In some cases, a patient can have more implants placed and switch to a non-removable option such as crowns and/ or bridges.
The success rate for dental implants placed in a healthy mouth are extremely high. Contact us today for a consultation and find out if dental implants are right for you.
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