Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone and created to provide a stable foundation for tooth restorations. These implant posts can hold a crown, bridge or denture in place and help you to eat, smile, and speak more easily and with more confidence. Here are some important points to keep in mind when considering dental implants for your smile.
Dental implants are permanent and designed to last a lifetime. Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists design and create a custom implant treatment for each individual patient. These dental implants are made from a titanium alloy and take the place of your original tooth root. One surgically placed, the implant will bond to the jaw bone over a period of time.
In some cases, a bone graft may be necessary in order to increase the bone volume before an implant can be successfully placed. Implants can fail if there is not an adequate amount of jawbone in order to support the titanium rod. Before the implant is created, panoramic radiographs are used to measure alveolar bone levels. When needed, an osteoinductive bone allograft will be performed to replace and re-grow the jaw bone.
There are many different dental implant restorations that can be placed on top of the implant post. Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team will help determine what type of restoration is the correct option for you based on your individual needs.
Before the actual procedure begins, Dr. Nicholas will carefully outline the surgical process in detail and discuss any questions you may have. She will also inquire about possible contraindications, or reasons that certain medications or procedures shouldn’t be used.
Depending on your unique circumstances, the treatment may occur in several stages involving multiple procedures. After the treatment is complete, patients are provided with outpatient procedures to help return home safely and to assure a successful recovery.
For more information about dental implants, contact Dr. Anne Nicholas at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation, and Implant Dentistry. She can be reached by phone at 760-340-1030 or at her office in Palm Desert, California.