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Dental Implants

Dental implants are the modern solution to missing teeth and are unique because they replace the tooth root.

Other options, like traditional dentures or crown-and-bridge restorations, only replace the visible portion of the tooth. They rely on other teeth, or the soft tissues in the mouth, for support. Implants permit replacement teeth to be independently supported, and rooted in the jawbone, just like natural teeth.

At Burman Dental, L.L.C., we offer a range of tooth replacement options. 

After the initial examination, Dr. Burman will discuss all viable options and explain the unique benefits of each. For the vast majority of patients, he strongly recommends implant-supported restorations for many reasons.

The benefits include:

  • Preservation of the jawbone, which will otherwise diminish without a tooth root
  • Restoration of full chewing efficiency, to enjoy eating your favorite foods again
  • No damage or impact to existing healthy teeth
  • Familiar and convenient oral hygiene; dental implants require the same care as natural teeth
  • Can last a lifetime with good oral health care
  • Your smile will “wow” you every time you look in the mirror!

Placement

The process will vary, depending on whether the patient already has lost the tooth to be restored. If an extraction is needed, we will gently remove the tooth, then use grafting techniques to prepare the site for a dental implant.

A period of healing and bone integration is needed to strengthen and prepare the area for the implant fixture — a process that usually takes about four months. If the tooth in question is already missing, we begin by evaluating the bone size and height to determine whether a graft is needed, and what the best implant option is.

The next step is placing the implants, which is done as a minor oral surgery. We will use a three-dimensional scan of the area to create a precision surgical guide, which facilitates efficient and accurate implant placement. The area is numbed prior to surgery, and we offer nitrous oxide to make your visit more comfortable.

Over the next several months following implant placement, the bone will heal and grow around it, with bone cells actually fusing to the implant fixture to create a strong bond and give it the ability to support the final restoration like a natural root.

Restoration

The next step in the process is restoring the implant, which means adding your new tooth. Depending on the location, size, and height of the implant, it may be exposed or beneath the gum line.

If the gum tissue is covering the implant, we will need to do a very minor preliminary surgery to expose it. Then we take impressions, which are sent to the dental laboratory where your restoration is created.

The final appointment is scheduled when the implant crown is ready for insertion. During this visit, the restoration is attached to the implant fixture, to provide you with a result that is both cosmetic and functional.

All-on-4

In many cases, bone grafting is an essential part of the implant procedure. It is beneficial for both health and cosmetic results. Patients who have been missing teeth for a significant amount of time, and those who lost their teeth to periodontal disease, are especially likely to have insufficient bone to support dental implants.

However, that does not mean these patients are not good candidates for this procedure. Thanks to bone grafting, many patients are able to build up their bone structure to support implants.

In situations where the tooth is extracted in preparation for dental implants, bone grafting is performed at the time of extraction to preserve and enhance the existing bone. The grafting procedure gives the result a truly natural appearance because it replaces the structure.

Without this, the gum and bone tissue can settle, which causes the implant to appear as if it is poking out of the gum. Grafting restores the natural structure and enables the implant to look just like a natural tooth rooted in healthy gums.

Bone grafting

In many cases, bone grafting is an essential part of the implant procedure. It is beneficial for both health and cosmetic results. Patients who have been missing teeth for a significant amount of time, and those who lost their teeth to periodontal disease, are especially likely to have insufficient bone to support dental implants.

However, that does not mean these patients are not good candidates for this procedure. Thanks to bone grafting, many patients are able to build up their bone structure to support implants.

In situations where the tooth is extracted in preparation for dental implants, bone grafting is performed at the time of extraction to preserve and enhance the existing bone. The grafting procedure gives the result a truly natural appearance because it replaces the structure.

Without this, the gum and bone tissue can settle, which causes the implant to appear as if it is poking out of the gum. Grafting restores the natural structure and enables the implant to look just like a natural tooth rooted in healthy gums.


Call Burman Dental, L.L.C., at 561-404-4325 and schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

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