Dr. Stokes explains an option for patients that may be missing 1 or more teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant, in the most modern technology refers to cylinders of surgical grade titanium that are placed surgically in dental bone to replace one or more missing natural teeth. The implant, or implants support one or more missing teeth which can be either cement or screw retained depending on the requirements of the particular situation. The implants can actually help prevent further shrinkage (resorption) of bone which is common in areas where teeth have been lost.
Studies support that properly placed implants have over a ninety percent success rate. Recently, two of my patients received a complete dental implant restoration for both upper and lower arches of teeth.
One patient had been missing all teeth for at least fifteen years. The other was suffering from chronic gum and bone deterioration for years which required the removal of all remaining teeth, the only possible treatment choice.
With the assistance of an oral surgeon, these extreme, but not rare situations were treated and both patients left my office with upper and lower fixed not removable teeth. This technique is now commonly referred to as the all-on-four.
More information regarding dental implants can be provided at a private consultation in my office. All treatment plans are developed the same as if the patient is a member of my own immediate family.
This is exciting technology!