If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants themselves are tiny titanium 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 titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Dental Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, Dr. Trail will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors, such as hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.
For the first three to six months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet at this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Trail will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
What Types of Prosthesis are Available?
Dr. Trail and your general dentist will work as a team to decided which type of prosthesis is best for you. Dr Trail performs only the implant surgery. A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a professional.
WHAT TYPE OF IMPLANTS DO WE USE?
Dr. Trail uses Nobel Active implants, which is currently the top of the line implants system If you are interested in learning more please feel free to visit the nobel website at http://nobelbiocare.com
Dr. Leo V. Trail, Jr. DDS, M.S.
Dr. Trail and his staff are organized, professional and undoubtedly experienced in providing quality care. Dr. Trail and Wendy were meticulous and gentle during the procedure. Dr. Trail was exceptional in administering anesthesia which was a much appreciated bonus to my experience. I have and will continue to recommend this office with no reservations.
- P H
Dr. Trail's and his staff are leaps and bounds above any I've ever encountered. Not only do they make me feel like part of a family and not just another patient, it's quite apparent the staff feels the same. I can feel the family atmosphere as soon as I walk in the door. Everyone on the the staff seems very happy, always smiling and you can tell they all enjoy working together.
- Frank B
Wonderful practice. I highly recommend. The staff and Doctor are patient centered. Technology is top notch. Every step is explained. Every procedure followed up on to check how you are feeling.
- Joan M
I have been very happy with the overall practice and with Dr. Trail. The practice is very professionally run, but courteous and caring. They take the time to answer any questions with detailed explanations. The follow up care is thorough.
- Julie C
I cannot overstate the excellence of the people + the service they provide
- Evelyn Y
Great staff they really work together to make the patients feel comfortable
- Angela G