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Dental Implants

Dr. Kirk
What are dental implants?

They are used to improve smiles which give patients renewed self-confidence.

They are used to improve quality of life by allowing patients to eat the foods they like.

They look and feel like natural teeth.

Dental implants are the best alternative to restore proper form and function for a patient’s teeth and jaws.

They serve as anchors replacing missing teeth.

They are made of titanium and are placed in the jawbone.

The jawbone bonds to the implant and creates a stable anchor.

Implants can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth.

Dental implants can also be used to stabilize an ill-fitting denture.

Surgical Steps

Implant surgery is usually completed in two steps.

First, the dental implants are placed in the jawbone, below the gums.

It takes three to six months for the bone to grow and attach to the implants.

In the second step, the implants are uncovered, and small posts are attached to the implants.

The posts rise above the gums and are the foundation for replacement teeth.

Surgical Advances

With advances in technology, there are times when dental implants can be placed in one step.

In this process the second step, where the implants are uncovered, is not necessary.

The single step implants still need to heal for three to six months before a cap or crown can be placed.

When one step implants are possible, it saves patients time and additional surgery.

Teeth In A Day

This is another great advancement in dental implant technology.

When a patient has a ill-fitting denture, dental implants can be placed, and the denture can be secured to the implants in the same day.

After six months healing time, a new, custom, denture is made to fit the stable implants.

"Teeth in a day" can also be done when a patient needs all of their teeth removed due to decay or gum disease.

The teeth are removed, and the implants are placed.

A denture is placed on the implants the same day.

Who Actually Performs The Implant Placement?

Dental implant treatment is a team effort between Dr. Kirk and your restorative dentist.

Dr. Kirk places the implants, and your restorative dentist designs and fabricates the replacement teeth that attach to the implants.

Your restorative dentist also makes any temporary teeth that are going to be worn while the implants heal.

What Types Of Replacement Teeth Can Dental Implants Support?

A single missing tooth can have a cap or crown supported by an implant.

Two to four missing teeth can be replaced with a “bridge” supported by two or three implants.

Complete dentures can be supported by 4-6 implants in most cases.

The number of implants will vary depending on a patient’s clinical condition.

Where Will My Surgery Be Performed?

Dr. Kirk performs the majority of his patient’s implant surgery in a surgical suite at his office.

At times, patients may have special medical needs or extensive jaw reconstruction that requires outpatient surgery in the hospital.

Why Dental Implants?

When you lose several teeth, whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years, chances are, you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be the answer to renewed confidence and an improved quality of life.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

Most adults are good candidates for dental implants.

If you’ve had radiation treatment to your jaws, are an uncontrolled diabetic, or take steroids and/or osteoporosis drugs, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants.

Children are not candidates for dental implants.

Growing teenagers should postpone dental implants until their growth has stopped.

Will I Feel It?

Many people choose to be asleep (sedated) for their implant surgery.

During your implant consultation, Dr. Kirk will evaluate your health history and medication list.

It health conditions prevent you from being sedated, your implant surgery can be performed by numbing your gums and jaw.

Dr. Kirk will give you the options available.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Dental implants need to be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.

You must also visit your general dentist for regular exams and cleanings to maintain the health and stability of your implants.