A Patient’s Guide to Implants This is a short guide to dental implants. Dentistry has over 30 years experience with the modern dental implant.  Dental implants work. Implant therapy requires a well thought out treatment plan,  patience and financial commitment. The surgeon (in this instance me) can place an implant in an extraction site  the same.. read more →

The Implant Restoration: Everyone has questions about implants and abutments. Here is how an implant restoration is put together.  This is a laboratory model with an abutment in place.  The abutment is the white piece in between  the teeth.  An abutment connects an implant in the jaw to a crown which is placed on top of.. read more →

The Situation: How do we decide to use a bridge verses an implant treatment plan. This gentleman was wearing a partial denture replacing his left central and lateral incisors.  Partial dentures are sometimes challenging to wear and he was tired of wearing it.  In addition wearing a partial could be embarrassing.  No one wants to be without.. read more →

Here are a few of my thoughts that you can use as your road map for implants. 1- Implants work.  They take some time, patience, a well thought out treatment plan and finances. http://www.straumann.us/en/patients.html 2-When placing implants in an extraction site plan on bone grafting the site. (more in a separate post) Healing time after.. read more →

Losing a tooth as an adult is distressing.  Most of the times tooth loss is associated with dental decay, periodontal disease or trauma of some sort.  In this instance the tooth was lost due to something called root resorption.  We usually don’t know why this process occurs but essentially it is when the root is.. read more →

Using  combination of orthodontics and implants  we restored the missing lateral incisor to her her smile.   She now has the right number of front teeth.  The first picture shows her missing a front tooth with the canine drifted forward.  We used orthodontics to move the canine to it’s proper position and then placed an implant and crown.  The.. read more →

This is an amazing example of what implant dentistry can do for some one.  This gentleman came to the office three years ago with his front tooth fractured off.  One complicating factor was that he always had a space between his front teeth.  One can’t fill up spaces in any old fashion.  The teeth would.. read more →

  What are dental implants?  Implants are a tapered piece of titanium allow  screwed into a prepared site in the upper or lower jaw.  There is usually a screw hole on top of the implant or a place for a compression fitting to add an abutment to restore the implant with a crown.  There are.. read more →

Carol leads an active life.  Wearing a denture doesn’t slow her down.  That is because the denture is supported by implants.  Every weekend she goes square dancing.  She was once featured in her local newspaper for her participation in a 5 k race.  One of her secrets to her active life is an implant supported.. read more →

  Should I get a dental implant? Every one wants to know the best solution for their problem whether it be a tooth that isn’t restorable or an space needing a tooth.    So when should you call it quits for a tooth and go for an implant solution?  Most teeth which have intact roots.. read more →