Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants act as tooth root substitutes. Small posts called abutments are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dr. Edwards works with many area oral surgeons. The oral surgeon will place the implants and Dr. Edwards will then utilize these implants to restore anything from single teeth to replacement of all the teeth. Prior to any treatment, Dr. Edwards carefully develops a plan with the oral surgeon so that you gain the maximum benefit. Dr. Edwards  has many years of experience restoring patients with dental implants.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within the bone beneath the surface of the gums and allowed to heal for 3 to 6 months. This enables them to completely integrate to the bone. During this time, the teeth that are being replaced with the implants will be replaced with temporary removable teeth. On occasions non-removable teeth can be placed immediately upon implant placement but these instances are less common. Dr. Edwards will discuss all of the options with you.

After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Edwards can then start making your new teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

The 3i Biomet Encode System with Itero Digital Impression

Dr. Edwards works together with area oral surgeons to make the restoration of dental implants as easy as possible by utilizing the 3i Biomet Encode System. After the oral surgeon places the implant and allows it to heal, a special healing cap is placed on top of the implant. Using Itero CAD/CAM 3D digital technology, a scan is made of the implant and the adjacent teeth. This procedure involves no messy impressions and takes about 5 minutes. In about  two weeks after the scanning procedure, the permanent crown and all necessary parts are made. The insertion of the crown to the implant usually takes about 10 minutes. Its usually that simple! In addition to the simplicity of the procedure, the results are very predictable and accurate. Digital impressions with CAD/CAM technology make this possible.