When a tooth is lost, it can affect the surrounding teeth causing them to drift into the space where the tooth had been. This can lead to shifts in your bite and the fracturing of other teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the bone in that area will atrophy or deteriorate. The placement of an implant will prevent bone deterioration and shifting of surrounding teeth. A dental implant is the best solution for restoring missing teeth and maintaining a healthy mouth.
An implant is a titanium post surgically placed into the bone in the site of a missing or extracted tooth. Most people report minimal discomfort after implant surgery. After the implant is placed, a period of healing is allowed so that the bone can attach to the implant. Once the bone has healed and the implant is firm, Dr. Burnham will send you back to your dentist to have a crown made.
Dental implants require a team effort for the best success. We will stay in close communication with your dentist throughout the process. Dr. Burnham performs the surgical aspect of the implant placement and your dentist will complete your smile with the crown that fits on your implant.
Dr. Burnham uses advanced digital technology to plan and place your implants. When necessary, a 3-D image will be obtained and digital virtual surgery technology will be utilized to ensure the best placement of the implant. We will explain all of your treatment to you in detail so that you have a good understanding of procedures and technology that we use. Some of tools that we use are 3-D imaging, CAD/CAM surgical guides and digital scanning to replace messy impressions.
You’ll receive the anesthesia that is the safest and best suited for your procedure:
- Nitrous oxide—or laughing gas— can help you relax and reduce anxiety and pain during procedures.
- The “Wand” delivers local anesthesia in a measured, consistent dosage that is nearly pain free.
- Intravenous general anesthesia will allow you to “sleep” through your surgical procedure.