More than 123 million Americans suffer from loss of teeth.
Replacement of missing teeth can be achieved
with several options including removable dentures,
bridges, and dental implants.
Dental (Jaw) Implants
Traditional methods of replacing teeth, such as dentures and bridges,
often only provide partial restoration of normal function with
compromised biting and chewing efficiency. In most cases, dental
implants can provide the most effective solution to replacing teeth, restoring function, and significantly decreasing the progressive deterioration of the jaw bone. Dental implants are predictable, with a success rate of 97 percent in the lower jaw and 92 percent in the upper jaw.
When patients suffer from severe bone loss and jaw structure due to sports injuries, accidents, diseases affecting the jaw, or prolonged use of dentures, implants can often be placed with a high level of success using reconstructive bone grafts. Dr. Scutari is experienced in techniques designed to reconstruct, rehabilitate, and rejuvenate jaws with severe bone loss.
The first stage involves the surgical placement of the dental implants. In most cases, Dr. Scutari will perform your surgery in our outpatient surgery center at Advanced Oral Surgery, using light intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. The procedure usually lasts one to two hours. After a brief recovery period, you can return home. If you have had intravenous sedation, a friend or relative must drive you.
You will return in one week for a follow-up visit. Most of our patients experience minimal discomfort and describe dental implant surgery as less uncomfortable than tooth extraction. If you wear dentures, these may be worn after modification by your dentist, usually within one week.
Over a period of five to six months, your implants undergo a process called osseointegration and become firmly integrated with your jaw bone. At the end of this time, you will return for a brief procedure where your implants will be exposed and a small post which extends above the gum line will be attached. This allows your dentist to place the artificial teeth. This second stage is usually performed with only local anesthesia. You should be able to return to normal activities immediately. If you wear dentures, these can often be modified the same day and worn immediately.
After a few weeks of healing time, the fabrication of teeth can begin. You will see your restorative dentist several times over the next four to six weeks for fabrication and final placement of your artificial teeth. As hygiene is extremely important, you should see your dentist for regular follow-up visits. At the conclusion of your procedures, you will have the benefit of strong, solid replacement teeth and begin to enjoy eating foods that you may have been avoiding.