Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Family Dental Center is fortunate to have renowned oral-maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Larry Zager on staff. Dr. Zager utilizes a 3D CT scan to develop treatment plans, and perform everything from the most common single tooth dental implant, to the extraction of all a patients broken down teeth, and replacement with the "All-on-Four" dental implant system. Family Dental Center is the clear choice for compassionate, personal care. Our team of Dr.Cullinan, Dr. Zager, and Dr. Grygotis provide personalized attention in a compassionate manner. We are most defintely NOT a "dental factory" where the patients needs and desires get lost in the mix. If you require extensive dental work, please consider us!
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful dental implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Dental implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for a dental implant and place the dental implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.
Because dental implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Like any restoration, dental implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.