Dental Implants

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.

Dental Implants Presentation

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 bonds 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.

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“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

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Reeh 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.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Reeh performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

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Outstanding!! Current in knowledge and techniques! Sense of humor! Gentle and kind! They really listened to what I had to say, when the plan of care/options was being developed. I was so impressed they had a staff meeting about my treatment and care, before I was led back to the beautiful view treatment room! They are consistent in their approach to total patient care and concerns that arise! The procedure was done with the least pain as possible. They were aware of my anxiety about dental procedures. In professionally handling that concern, they took out time from the procedure, at an appropriate moment, to let me have a short break to walk around and have a few moments reprieve. That further cemented my impression of the calibers of individuals they are!! I was so grateful to receive two separate phone calls, inquiring of any questions or concerns I had, over the next two days. Dr Rhee and his staff are experts at all they do! I no longer dread seeking dental care. I have complete and total confidence from my experience at their office!!! I cannot overemphasize what a wonderful experience this was!! A heart-felt thank you for everything!!!

- Audrey A

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I cannot say enough positive things about your staff and Dr. Bunczak. My whole experience was phenomenal. I thank you all for your care.

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