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Dennis Alleman, DMD, PC

Implant Dentistry

Why replace a Missing Tooth?

Losing a tooth by accident or extraction is not the end of it all, because there are options for restoration. But it is not something that can be ignored either, and immediate action is important.

When a tooth is missing, the resultant gap will allow nearby teeth to tilt or drift, and the teeth above the gap will move downward. Sooner or later you will have more problems!

Aside from the obvious cosmetic problem, the changed positions of these teeth can lead to more lost teeth, gum problems, decay, severe bite problems, jaw pain and headaches.

Missing teeth should be replaced to keep the other teeth in their proper position for optimum support. This can be done by fixed bridges, removable partial dentures or by fixed implants.

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a titanium metal replacement for the root of a tooth, that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Implants are one of the most successful restorations of modern times. Once successfully placed, an implant can support an abutment and crown that is like a natural tooth. It is natural looking, strong, doesn't decay, and conservative. You don't have to cut or prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, as would be required with a fixed bridge or removable partial denture restoration.

If dentures don't work for you, they can be stabilized greatly with implant attachments.

What is the Process Like?

Dr. Alleman feels that you are a good candidate for dental implants if you are reasonably healthy, have jawbone ridges that are in good shape and have healthy oral tissues.

The process starts with a thorough review of the patient's medical and dental history, and a complete examination of the entire mouth and oral structures. The clinical examination Includes specific xrays, jaw models and digital photos, if necessary. (These are essentially the same records required for restorative bridges or partials.)

After evaluation of the exams and records, all options are reviewed with the patient, and reasonable treatment plan is formed.

The implants are surgically placed in the bone under local anesthesia. The process may sound scary but it really isn't too much different than having a filling done, or having a tooth out. If the patient desires, sedation with nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation is available. Dr Alleman has had extensive training and experience with surgical implant placement and implant prosthetics and most implant placement and restorations are done in our office.

The length of healing time is based on the quality and quantity of the bone as well as the type of implant or graft that was placed.

After adequate healing has been allowed to occur, the implants can be used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.

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