Dental Implants

A beautiful smile starts with healthy gums and bone to support teeth.

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Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants themselves are titanium or titanium/zirconia posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.

The bone bonds with the implant, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. At an appropriate time a small post (abutment) is placed that protrudes through the gum. This enables crowns, bridges, or dentures to be attached to the implants. Dental implants help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

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Computer-Guided Implant Placement

Computer-guided dental implant surgery enables Dr. Blansett to place implants in a more precise and less invasive procedure.

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Single or Multiple Teeth Replacement

In general, the best way to replace missing teeth, whether single or multiple teeth, is with dental implants.

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Denture Support

Dr. Blansett can attach a removable denture onto implants using computer-guided placement, preserving the bony foundation and restoring more natural chewing ability.

Computer-Guided Implant Placement

Computer-guided dental implant surgery enables Dr. Blansett to place implants in a more precise and less invasive procedure.

Thanks to the advancement of computer-guided dental implant surgery, dental implants are a viable option for a wider range of patients who are missing one or more teeth. We combine the use of cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT Scans) with specialized dental computer software to plan each implant case.  This allows each implant to be preplanned and simplifies the surgical procedure to ensure a good result. 

Computer guided placement ensures that each implant will be in the best possible position to support a crown, bridge or removable appliance. It provides maximum safety to avoid nerves, sinuses, and other vital structures, and it maximizes accuracy in implant placement within the bone. When implant placement procedures are precisely guided by a computer, this often results in less pain, swelling, bruising, and discomfort following surgery. These procedures also frequently require smaller incisions, which results in a speedier healing process after surgery.

Single or Multiple Teeth Replacement

In general, the best way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. These root-shaped devices allow your bone to fuse with their surface. The resulting bond allows strong tooth replacements (crowns, bridges, dentures, etc.) to be attached to the implant. You can have single or multiple teeth replaced in this way.

When you have one tooth missing, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a crown then goes on top to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth.

When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You don’t even need an implant for each missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath.

Denture Support

Implants can make removable dentures more comfortable, effective, and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss, so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom.

Dr. Blansett can attach a removable denture onto implants using computer-guided placement. This allows the implants to support the pressure from chewing vs. the bone, and preserves the bony foundation and restores more natural chewing ability.  This also prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth are candidates for dental implants. Talk to Dr. Blansett for your specific needs.

Do dental implants last?

Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to decay.  However, they can become inflamed and lose bone around them just like a natural tooth can.  Maintaining a healthy periodontal foundation is critical to long-term implant success.  Implants need follow up care just like a natural tooth to ensure they are remaining healthy and if any problems arise they can be treated early. Conscientious home care by the patient and regular professional cleanings and check-ups are essential elements for dental implant success and sustainability. Each patient is different, and success relies upon diagnosis and planning, medical history, and a variety of other factors.

Does placing the implants hurt?

During the surgical procedure we administer anesthetics to keep you comfortable and without pain. IV sedation is often used during the implant placement appointment to ease anxiety and make the procedures as easy as possible for our patients. Following implant placement most patients may require some medication designed to relieve discomfort the day of the surgery. Few patients need this type of medication for more than 24-48 hours.

How long will it take until I can get my teeth?

The length of the wait depends on your situation. Some implants can be put into function the day they are placed; some require several months before they can be put into function. In general, each time the bone is worked on (tooth extraction, implant placement, etc) plan on 2-3 months of healing time after each event.  So for the average single tooth replacement case, it will take 4-6 months before the implant can be restored (2-3 months to heal after the extraction, 2-3 months to heal after the implant placement).  Sometimes the implant placement can be combined with removing the tooth, this saves overall treatment time and is very predictable with guided surgery. 

Are implants expensive?

Dental implants can seem costly. The time it takes to properly plan the case, place, and restore the implant(s) is greater than that required for most other dental procedures. This means that the average implant may be more expensive than the average fixed bridge. One should consider, however, that the average implant lasts far longer than the average bridge, and that implants add back the strength lost when a tooth is removed. Other forms of restorations do not. Dental implants are an investment in the health of your teeth.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants have been used for half a century, and are considered safe and effective. Choosing a knowledgeable, well-trained implant dentist will help minimize complications and ensure skillful handling of any problems, should they arise. It is important that you and your implant dentist review your health history and any habits which could affect the success of your recommended care, such as smoking, so that you are fully informed about the benefits and risks involved. 

Will I have to go without my teeth while the implants heal?

No. If the missing teeth are visible, a temporary tooth or teeth can be fabricated and worn while your implants are healing.

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