Dental Implants in Vancouver, WA
Dental Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
- Permanent Tooth Replacement
- Dental Implant Placement Surgery
- Dental Implant Options
- Dental Implant FAQs
Permanent Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are changing the way people live. When a person has lost teeth, dental implants give them the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
- The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing.
- These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
- The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
- Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant.
- These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
The History of Dental Implants
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon David Verschueren, DMD, MD practices a full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with expertise ranging from dental implants and corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal and facial trauma.Vancouver Office Appointments
Dental Implant Placement Surgery
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.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Verschueren will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implant Options
- Single Stage Implants (Immediate Loading Implants)
- Removable vs. Fixed Prosthesis
- More Dental Implant Options
Single Stage Implants (Immediate Loading Implants)
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Verschueren 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 implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with crowns at one visit. This procedure, is called “immediate loading”.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Verschueren 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.
Removable vs. Fixed Prosthesis
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
More Dental Implant Options
Dental Implant FAQs
- Do I have to go to the hospital for dental implants surgery?
- Why should I choose dental implants?
- Why dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?
- Am I a candidate for dental implants?
- What type of anesthesia is used for dental implants?
- Do Implants need special care?
Do I have to go to the hospital for dental implants surgery?
No. Dr. Verschueren performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself. Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
Why dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What type of anesthesia is used for dental implants?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.
Do Implants need special care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.