Dental implants don’t just restore your smile; they can restore your confidence and protect your dental health and facial bone structure. At Burman Dental, L.L.C. in Jupiter, Florida, renowned dentist Steven A. Burman, DMD, offers customized and highly effective restorations for dental implants––artificial tooth roots surgically implanted into your jawbone. Gone are the days of dentures that are uncomfortable, become loose, or keep falling out. To learn more about dental implants and implant restorations, call Burman Dental, L.L.C. today.
Dental implants involve placing titanium rods or posts in your jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Dental implants secure and stabilize a crown, bridge, or denture restoration to replace one or more missing teeth.
Your dental implants will fuse to your jawbone in a few months so they remain securely in place. Dr. Burman might suggest dental implants for several reasons, such as if you have missing teeth or if you want to improve your speech due to missing teeth or loose dentures.
Bone grafting and tooth extractions are also available when needed for the best possible safe and successful results. For example, you might need bone grafting if your jawbone is too soft or if it isn’t thick enough to properly and safely support your dental implant. A bone graft effectively replaces and regenerates lost bone and restores proper facial contour.
The All-on-4 method of placing dental implants involves four implants that support a full arch of non-removable, fixed replacement teeth. Usually, one implant replaces one tooth root, but with the All-on-4 method, only four implants are necessary for the entire lower or upper arch. Also, All-on-4 often does not require bone grafting because of how the implants are placed in your jawbone.
All-on-4 avoids multiple appointments and procedures and provides a minimally invasive way of placing dental implants. The oral surgeon or periodontist can place all four implants in one visit and sometimes, Dr. Burman can arrange to fit both lower and upper arches in the same visit.
The typical surgery takes about two hours and 30 minutes per arch. 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.
In traditional implant surgery, the doctor administers nitrous oxide or other sedation, numbs the area, and then makes an incision in your gums. Small holes are drilled in your jawbone and titanium implants are placed in the holes before closing your gums with stitches.
For the next step, your implants and jawbone need time to fuse together in a process called osseointegration, which typically takes about four months.
After your jawbone completely heals, you return to Burman Dental, L.L.C., where Dr. Burman attaches a supporting element (an abutment) to the top of each of your dental implants. Next, Dr. Burman carefully secures your custom dental prostheses, such as dentures or crowns, to the abutments.
The specific length of time and the details of a dental implant procedure varies.
Dental implants present myriad benefits, such as:
Dr. Burman works with skilled oral surgeons and periodontists with vast experience in placing implants and, Dr. Burman creates the cosmetic restorations to be supported by the implants.
Discover how these groundbreaking artificial tooth roots can restore your smile and call Burman Dental, L.L.C. or schedule your consultation with us today.