Dental Implants are a conservative procedure for replacing missing or extracted teeth. The full term for a dental implant is a root form endosseous implant. The implant itself is a small titanium screw that replaces the root form of a natural tooth. The titanium is used to attract and promote attachment in the jaw bone, hence the term endosseous (inside bone) implant. The dental implant is complete when a prosthetic crown, bridge, or denture is attached to it. Together, the implant plus prosthesis will feel and function as natural teeth would.

There are many advantages to dental implants. One example is when replacing a single tooth space between two natural teeth an implant replaces the need to prepare or drill the adjacent teeth to the empty space. Also, in some cases where partial dentures are needed, implants are able to support false teeth without the unsightly metal clasps, implants are able to support the soft tissues (lips and cheeks) where other wise the empty space of missing tooth would have left a depression of a bone defect.

The Smile Design team follows a proper protocol for implant planning, design, placement and restore.

Steps for having an implant

  1. Consultation and examination includes X-rays and a CT scan to determine allotment of space and bone
  2. Impressions of the existing conditions are made and cast replicas are made from Gypsum. Along with the data collected Dr. Kyriaki Georgiadou, our dental ceramist is then able to create a wax prototype to help determine the positioning of the tooth prosthetic and root form implant. Depending on how deficient the bone is at the implant site Dr. Kyriaki may determine that grafting bone is necessary to create a proper width and depth for implant placement. Note: healing times for the bone and tissue are paramount to the success of the bodies acceptance of the implant.
  3. Under local anesthesia Implant placement begins with a guide fabricated by the dental ceramist so tha the prototype is followed properly.
  1. The patient is checked in a weeks time for initial healing
  2. Then implant is then left two to six months to allow for proper integration.
  3. An impression is taken for the final prosthesis fabrication
  4. A final prosthesis is then fabricated and placed.
When do i need implants?
  • Fractured tooth
  • Missing one or multiple teeth
  • Empty spaces after orthodontic alignment
  • Replacing full or partial dentures
  • When there is not enough support from your existing dentures
Why do i need implants?
  • Maintaining the masticatory ability as it was before the tooth or teeth extraction
  • You can be free from the discomfort of the conventional dentures
  • Protect the neighboring teeth from shifting

Each case is different, so together we will discuss
the advantages and disadvantages of each case selectively