Dental implant therapy is a highly successful and modern technique to permanently replace one or more missing teeth. This procedure has been used to restore the natural aesthetics and function for hundreds of our patients from Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Dental implant therapy is a reliable and long-lasting permanent solution to tooth loss.
Dental implants are basically an artificial root and provide an effective means to replace a missing tooth, or provide an anchor point for a permanent denture or bridge. They consist of three different parts:
- The Implant: A threaded post made of titanium that directly connects to your jaw and acts as a foundation for your replacement tooth.
- An Abutment: Component that attaches to the implant and acts as a connector for the prosthetic crown
- Crown: The prosthetic or replacement tooth. It is made of zirconium, porcelain or a similar material and is fabricated to match and fit with your natural teeth.
The treatment process starts with a patient intake session to diagnose individual dental needs and create a custom treatment plan. A 3D CT scan is taken to analyze the implant placement area. An intra-oral scan is also taken with the CEREC CAD/CAM scanning system. This data is loaded into the SIDEXIS implant planning software, and a surgical implant guide is fabricated.
Minimally Invasive Dental Implant Therapy
Most dentists and oral surgeons utilize standard x-rays and free-hand the placement of the implant. While this method can be successful, it is impossible to know the exact dimensions of the bone, and if the implant is being placed in the best position possible. Improper placement of the implant can lead to loss of bone around the implant, premature loss of the implant itself, and an undesirable prosthetic result.
Dr Schlang prefers to use a method called Minimally Invasive Guided Implant Surgery. Using this technique allows for the exact preplanned placement of one or more implants using a surgical implant guide which is fabricated in advance of the surgery.
The process for fabricating an implant surgical guide begins with obtaining a dental CT scan, which is then converted into a 3-D computer model of your jaw. Using this computer model of your jaw allows Dr. Schlang to see the anatomy and density of your jawbone, location of nerves, adjacent tooth roots, and virtually place the implant in the computer model. After completing the computer plan, a surgical guide is generated, and the patient is ready for surgery.
By planning the surgery in advance using this method, the surgery itself is faster, patients have less discomfort, and there are few if any complications.
Dental implants are often the best alternative to restore a healthy smile and bite function. Bridges and crowns can contribute to bone deterioration and are often difficult to clean. Tooth-supported treatments generally last only 5 to 10 years, but will eventually need to be replaced. Dental implants can restore jawbone integrity, let you enjoy your favorite foods regularly, and are very easy to clean. They just require normal brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
This technology can replace one tooth or multiple teeth. They are often the best permanent solution for people who have failing teeth and other dental problems. Additionally, this type of treatment has a very high success rate for patients. About 98% of implants last for the rest of a patient’s life, where root canals, bridges, and other replacement options typically need to be addressed 5 to 10 years down the road.