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.
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Lustbader, Dr. Gu, Dr. Wilson, and Dr. Shemkus are 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 implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction– further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a
restorative dentist. Dr. Lustbader, Dr. Gu, Dr. Wilson, and Dr. Shemkus 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.
Robot-Assisted Dental Implant Surgery
Our surgeons at South Shore Oral Surgery Associates use Yomi®, a new alternative to traditional surgical techniques that provides oral surgeons with robotic guidance during surgery.
If Yomi is right foryou, your surgeon will create a custom treatment plan. This plan will be made using Yomi® software. During surgery, Yomi will assist your surgeon. Yomi will provide important information that your surgeon can feel, hear and see. Yomi will guide your surgeon to place your implant precisely to plan.
Yomi is the first and only FDA-cleared robot-assisted dental surgery system, designed to provide assistance to the surgeon in planning and placing dental implants. This helps your surgeon place your implant precisely for a natural look and feel. Yomi allows your surgeon to quickly make changes to our surgical plan, which makes the treatment easier for both you and your surgeon. Yomi may also allow for less invasive dental implant surgery. Yomi is also currently approved for patients with no teeth.
If you want to learn more about dental implants and Yomi Robot-Assisted dental implant surgery, call South Shore Oral Surgery Associates today to speak with one of our helpful team members. Call us today at: (617) 773-9500.