Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone. Dr. Bruce Smoler is one of the few dentists in the area to have received a fellowship by the International Congress of Oral Implantologist. The I.C.O.I. is the largest professional dental implant society in the world. Dr. Bruce Smoler places as well as restores dental implants. Dental Implants replace one single missing tooth or an entire mouth. The number of implants needed depends on the quality and quantity of the existing bone. Bone grafting is needed to help make a weaker jawbone stronger to support a dental implant. There are usually only two phases for implant reconstruction.
The first phase is the surgical placement when the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. Most patients prefer the comfort of IV Sleep Sedation for any involved implant surgeries. Once completed, the implant needs to rest for a period of about 2-3 months for the lower jaw and about 6-8 months for the upper jaw depending on the quality of bone, the force of the patient’s chewing and the type of final implant therapy. Rarely do patients ever have to go without teeth throughout the whole implant process.
After the rest phase is the restorative phase. The restorative phase consists of uncovering the implant’s cover screw and placing a healing cap. This temporary phase allows for the gum tissue to mold around the implants for a healthier gumline. Within weeks the new teeth are made and the treatment is completed. Patients often say the same 3 things about dental implants: it didn’t hurt, it was worth the money and they should have had it done years ago.
Dental Implants can be like your third set of teeth. Best of all, they never get decay or need a root canal! So remember, whether to replace 1 missing tooth or to stabilize a loose partial or complete denture, dental implants are THE strongest, healthiest way to replace missing teeth. Most of all, dental implants can help stop bone atrophy, facial collapse and premature aging.
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