Dental Implants—Sarasota, FL
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.
The Preferred Method for Replacing Teeth
Dental implants have become the most popular teeth replacement solution among patients and dentists alike due to their restorative and cosmetic capabilities. Implants are made of three components: a titanium screw which we place in the jawbone, an abutment which connects the screw to the crown, and the crown, the final restoration. While creating a completely natural look, dental implants restore the way in which teeth feel and operate.
If you are missing a tooth, you are not alone. In fact, approximately 125 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and thankfully, most are excellent candidates for dental implants. At Raska Dental Implant and Oral Surgery, we understand the embarrassment and anxiety that can result from losing a permanent tooth. If you are fed up with your current situation and are looking for a better, more permanent solution, please call us to find out more about dental implants.
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Implant Placement Planning
Our expert implantologist, Dr. Raska, takes CBCT (cone beam computerized tomography) scans and carefully analyzes them for precise implant placement planning—right here in our office.
Why does Dr. Raska gather information with our CBCT scans? We use the information to:
- Evaluate bone and vital structures.
- Verify the adequacy of bone mass for implant placement.
- Protect all viable structure and nerves.
The surgical template that we create with our CBCT images helps us to determine the best locations for placing each implant.
“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.
Dental Implants—The Process
1. Evaluation and Treatment Planning: Dr. Raska begins by gathering detailed information, including images, and medical and dental histories. We are careful to leave no stone unturned so that we have a clear picture of your current health as we create a customized treatment plan that will best meet your specific needs and goals.
2. Tooth Removal: If the tooth in question is not missing, we remove it, and in some instances, place the implant during the same surgery. If your jawbone is lacking structure and mass, we wait to place the implant until after we graft in supporting bone.
3. Bone Grafting: When necessary, a bone graft is a common treatment that we implement in order to strengthen the target area. Bone grafting typically requires several months of healing before the implant can be placed.
4. Dental Implant Placement: We insert a titanium screw into your jawbone during the implant procedure. To do so, we offer a variety of sedation options, and we make sure you are comfortable and anesthetized during the 1-2-hour surgery.
5. Bone Fusion: Upon completion of the implant surgery, we cover the area with the surrounding soft tissue and allow it to fuse with the bone over the next 3 months. Our body’s ability to fully integrate with foreign material, such as titanium, is truly amazing. This miraculous process is called Osseointegration.
6. Final Crown: After osseointegration is complete, we place an abutment on the implant which connects to the final crown restoration.
Pros and Cons…and More Pros
Dental implant placement is a routine procedure that poses very few risks. With a success rate of up to 98%, this trusted and proven treatment continues to remain the preferred tooth-replacement method while continually making advancements. The chance of minimal side effects–infection, injury to adjacent teeth, etc.—is very low. Waiting to get an implant until after your jaw has finished growing and you’ve completed all straightening procedures, such as braces, will lead to fewer negative side effects because the implant’s fusion to the bone makes the tooth less mobile, thereby limiting further movement.
Comfort and Safety
At Raska Dental Implant and Oral Surgery, your comfort and safety are our top priority, so we go the extra mile to make sure you feel as little discomfort as possible. During the procedure, you will be anesthetized at all times, so you won’t feel a thing. In fact, our patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain is involved in the dental implant procedure. If you experience any minimal post-operative discomfort, it can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
Can I drive after dental implant surgery?
All patients who are sedated must arrange for a ride home after their implant procedure. If you choose to use local anesthesia only, you are free to drive yourself home. Final crown placement is a simple procedure that does not necessitate anesthesia, so patients are permitted to drive after that procedure.
Have questions about dental implants and the difference they could make in your life? Call us today at Raska Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Phone Number 941-923-0033.