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.
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases, a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Kim is able to place single-stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dr. Kim performs the initial tooth extractions, actual implant surgery, bone grafting and/or sinus augmentation, if necessary. Dr. Kim also makes and fits permanent crowns or prostheses and will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
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Patient Review from Fred O
Very good experience so far. No problems at all.
- Fred O
Patient Review from Mitch A
Best kept secret for dentistry in Northampton.
- Mitch A
Patient Review from Susan R
- Susan R
Patient Review from Lisa L
I was very nervous about my implant this past week but I will say it went very well. Looking forward to the completion in a few months. Thank you
- Lisa L
Patient Review from Carl V
Dr. Kim placed and restored an implant on me. From start to finish it took about 4 months (I'm a slow healer). I am very pleased with the outcome and would recommend him to my family and friends. I'm so glad I chose this option over a bridge!
- Carl V