Many of the teeth in this photo are supported by invisible dental implants, and nothing is "removable"!
Let me open this page with a recent testimonial from a very dear patient of ours...
"I've never written a testimonial however after recently receiving two dental implants, I thought it important to convey my experience. My very aged four unit bridge broke. After reviewing my options for replacement with Dr. Lynda, it was obvious that implants were the way to go. The final result would be both lasting and beneficial to the teeth supporting the bridge. Dr. Lynda then explained the procedure and referred me to Dr. Lesney. At the consultation Dr. Lesney explained that implant surgery was pretty straight forward and usually followed with little discomfort. These were the words I wanted to hear, but I must admit I was apprehensive. On the day of the procedure all went incredibly well. It was done using a local anesthetic, in a time frame about four-five minutes and pain free. Relieved that the initial procedure was over, I headed home with instructions in hand. As the day progressed and my anesthetic wore off I was amazed no pain and no swelling. In the evening I was able to attend and enjoy a school function just as planned. While relating my experience to others I've become aware that for many people implants have become an option to consider. For this reason I felt it was important to share my experience. As for me, the implant was easy - overcoming my mind set was the challenge."
- Pat S. May 2010
Dental Implants are the most modern and predictable form of tooth replacement.
They are basically tiny titanium posts that function like a replacement tooth root. Once they are placed and the bone heals around them, they form the most solid kind of foundation for a crown. Completing a process that restores function and cosmetics 100%.
Some people loose teeth due to injury, tooth decay, or gum disease. Others may not have had all their teeth grow in. Whatever the reason, if you want a long lasting dental restoration that looks and feels as though it's really part of your mouth, without involving neighboring teeth, dental implants may be right for you.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. Your jawbone fuses with the implant to provide a secure platform for a single artificial tooth, or if you are missing more than one tooth, several implants can be used to support a partial or complete denture.
Initially, you will have a thorough exam and treatment planning visit with both the dentist and the surgeon who will be putting the implant in place. After treatment needs are decided, the surgeon will surgically place the correct sized implant in a carefully planned position.
Usually, several months are allowed to pass with the implant covered only by a "healing cap". During this important period of healing, the body will fully integrate the implant into the newly formed bone surrounding the threads of the implant. If the implant is placed in an area of the mouth that is cosmetically important, you will have some form of temporary tooth replacement.
Once the implant is solidly a part of the jaw, the dentist can proceed with your restoration; either a beautiful, natural looking crown is bonded on the implant, or a new denture can be made to precisely and snugly attach to multiple implants. Those visits are uncomplicated and painless. Usually it will take two visits to complete the crown on an implant: one to make a model of the implant post and a second to place the crown on top.
Again,.. Our patients tell us that they are amazed at how much easier the process was!
Here's a diagram of the steps for all of you who are "visual learners"!...