Missing teeth not only affect your appearance. They can also impact your ability to eat and speak properly. If missing teeth are left untreated, you may suffer bone degeneration and further tooth loss. Dental implants at Redlands Family Dentistry can replace your missing teeth with permanent, stable restorations. Dr. Frederick Hoffer will surgically place these titanium implants into the planned missing tooth area and once healed they can support a crown, bridge, or complete denture. He uses the latest technology to ensure lifelike and highly durable results. To find out if you are a candidate for implants, contact our office today.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts. Dr. Hoffer will surgically place these posts inside your jawbone. Your bone and gums will seal around the posts, allowing them to become a permanent part of your mouth. When your tissues have fully healed, Dr. Hoffer can attach your custom-crafted restoration. A single implant can replace one tooth, and multiple posts can support a bridge or full denture.
Preparing for Your Surgery
Before your surgery, you will have a thorough exam and consultation with Dr. Hoffer. Because implants are placed directly in the jaw, you must have enough bone structure to support the posts. Dr. Hoffer will use 3-D computed tomography (CT) scans to examine your bone density. If needed, he can perform bone grafting. During this procedure, he will use your own bone or a similar material to build up your jaw and create a strong foundation for implants. Alternatively, he may perform a sinus lift. This surgery is similar to bone grafting, but Dr. Hoffer will also relocate the floor of your sinus membrane in order to create room for the implants.
Planning Your Treatment
After any preparatory procedures, Dr. Hoffer will combine our advanced GALILEOS 3-D cone beam x-rays with CEREC® technology to create an incredibly accurate view of your mouth. Based on these images and the type of restoration you need, the dentist will decide the optimal placement for your implants. In many cases when multiple teeth are going to be replaced, he will also create a wax-up to act as a plan and also to show you what your smile will look like after the procedure. In the case of full mouth reconstruction, he will often create a complete model of your entire mouth.
Dental Implant Placement
Dr. Hoffer will use sedation medications to keep you comfortable during your implant surgery. If you prefer intravenous (IV) sedation, he will bring in an anesthesiologist to ensure your safety. Once you are completely comfortable, he will create small incisions in the planned implant sites, allowing for precise and atraumatic placement of the implant posts. If you are going to receive implant-supported dentures, he may use the All-on-4® method. For this technique, he will use four implants that are angled appropriately to support your prosthetic restoration with minimal impact to the surrounding tissue and bone.
In most cases, you will need to wait three to four months before you can receive your final restoration. However, Dr. Hoffer will usually provide temporary teeth as you heal. In some cases, he can place same-day restorations. He will determine your candidacy for each type of implant during your initial consultation. No matter what, you will enjoy minimal discomfort and recovery time, thanks to our advanced technology and treatment planning.
Find out If Implants Are Right for You
There is no reason to let missing teeth affect your health and self-confidence. Contact our office to learn more about dental implants.