Dental Implants Q&A

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants allow people to effectively overcome extracted or missing teeth. A dental implant comprises a titanium post that serves as an artificial tooth root, and a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture takes the place of the visible portion of the lost tooth (or a few teeth).

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are frequently favored for the vast number of health benefits they supply. As efficient replacements, fixed implants:

What is the treatment process for dental implants?

Before scheduling implant surgery, Dr. Elias performs a thorough exam, including cone beam computed tomography, to evaluate your jaw and ensure your bone is not too thin or weak to support an implant. If your bone can’t support an implant, Dr. Elias may first perform a bone graft to strengthen the jaw.

The treatment for oral implants consists of the precise placement of the screw and the attachment of a natural-looking restoration, such as partial pieces, bridges, and crowns. When the area is ready for the procedure, it is numbed with anesthesia. Sedation services might additionally be utilized to help you feel more at ease throughout your session. The metal screw will be surgically positioned within your bone at the appropriate area and allotted a period of time to fuse with the tissue via a phenomenon known as osseointegration. When the treatment area has fully recovered, which is commonly several months afterward, Dr. Elias will position a custom crown, denture, or full-arch piece and check the alignment of the bite.

Dr. Elias specializes in complex implant surgery and advanced procedures, such as All-on-4® implant reconstruction. This procedure is a minimally invasive process that uses only four implants to permanently anchor a full-arch bridge, which replaces a full set of teeth on your upper and lower jaws. The All-on-4 procedure often eliminates the need for bone grafts by angling the implants.