Dental Implants have enjoyed over three decades of clinical usage. Over one million patients worldwide have dental implants currently, with the vast majority of patients reporting great success and satisfaction. An implant provides an excellent option to patients who need to replace either a single tooth, several teeth or an entire arch. A dental implant is often a conservative option to a conventional tooth-supported bridge when the adjacent teeth are healthy. A dental implant is also often a more esthetic and comfortable option than a removable partial denture or full denture when multiple teeth are missing. In fact, implants are especially recommended when the jaws have deteriorated or shrunk and cannot properly support a denture.
Since not all patients may be good candidates for implants, Dr. Scheman will review with you the folowing areas to assist you in deciding if a dental implant is the right choice for you: esthetics, function, remaining bone, dental and medical health, and the amount of time needed to complete the process. The initial phase is the evaluation and preparation, the following three phases are represented in the graphic above – placement of the implant, placement of the abutement, and the third phase which shows the completed crown, bridge, or denture being placed..
When a tooth or teeth are missing or about to be lost, implants should be considered. They are state-of-the-art for replacement teeth.