Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:
-Single Tooth Replacement
-Full Upper Replacement
If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, the dentist may decide an implant is the most appropriate treatment choice or option.
Dr. Parker utilizes a state of the art technique called Guided Surgery when doing an implant procedure. This means no incisions. You will experience less bleeding, and considerably reduced swelling and pain after the dental implant procedure. Your follow up dentist visits are also reduced.
Dr. Parker also chooses to use guided surgery because it is safest for the patient. The surgical guide can calculate the exact depth the implant needs to be and will automatically stop when that depth has been reached. Since no scalpel is used, wound healing is faster and aesthetics are enhanced.
Post Implant Care
Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.
Bruce Parker, DMD offers dental implants in Pittsburgh, PA. Please contact our office if you have any further questions on dental implants.