WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Permanent solution for tooth loss
Dental implants are done for a variety of reasons. Almost half the people in the United States are missing one or more teeth. No longer are dental implants considered experimental. They are highly dependable and an effective, affordable option to replace missing teeth.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to replace single teeth, multiple teeth and to stabilize loose fitting partials or dentures. Dental implants give you the ability to smile confidently, speak well and provide improved chewing. Implants replace the root portion of a tooth. A dental implant is placed into the bone, allowing for permanent replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution to many dental problems.
All On 4
For patients with ill-fitting dentures or partials, the great strides in the field of dentistry, such as the All On 4 implant, will be a benefit to our patients. This is an immediate function procedure, eliminating months of healing time that is typical with traditional implants.
All On 4 uses four dental implants to secure the denture permanently in the patient's mouth. Using 4 dental implants saves on cost. Additionally, the surgery and denture placement can be done in one day, with the patient eating and conversing immediately.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants eliminate the need for extensive surgery. A partial or denture is fabricated as normal. Minimally invasive micro-surgery is performed with no incisions or sutures. This requires only a few drops of local anesthetic. Once the mini dental implant is in place, your denture is relined to fit. The precision attachments and the denture are worn the same day and the procedure takes a little over an hour.
This new technology allows denture wearers to have dentures that are solid, secure, stable and functional. Placement and removal of the denture is an easily learned skill, which we will walk you through in the office.
Multiple Dental Implants
If you have more than one tooth missing, multiple dental implants can be placed followed by crowns. This is a permanent option which is often a better solution than a partial denture. The advantage over a partial is that the adjacent teeth do not have to be reduced as in conventional bridgework. The new crowns do not require support from surrounding teeth.
Single Dental Implants
Whether you have a single tooth missing in the front or back, a single dental implant is an excellent solution compared to a removable partial. A dental implant actually replaces the entire tooth structure from the root to the crown. It is implanted into the jawbone and not only improves function, it is also extremely natural looking. A single dental implant feels and functions like a real tooth.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
3D Cone Beam Imaging generates a 3D model of a patient's jaw structure that can be viewed prior to surgery for proper analysis of bone quality and quantity. Images produced by the 3D Cone Beam Scan can reveal problems immediately rather than later, compared to conventional x-rays. The information gathered from the scan is automatically transferred to a computer within minutes for viewing.
Dr. Aerni uses PRP, which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, to speed up the healing process after tooth extraction. PRP is used in orthopedics and sports medicine and is now becoming the standard of care in dentistry.
After tooth extraction, bone formation typically takes 16 weeks. Poor healing can result in excessive jaw bone loss that may delay the use of dental prosthetics or dental implants. PRP is obtained from a small sample of the patients own blood, which is placed in a centrifuge to separate platelet growth factors from red blood cells. The concentration of undifferentiated white blood cells triggers rapid growth of new bone and soft tissue. PRP contains over 1,100 growth factors and speeds up the healing process at the cellular level. A single implant feels and functions like a real tooth.