Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Kasper and Dr. McKinley are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Kasper and McKinley perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Keystone Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.
Dr. Anthony Kasper has treated me on several occasions. My initial consultation was for a Dental implant. His friendly and considerate demeanor is most exceptional. He took the time to explain the entire procedure and answered all of my questions to make sure I was comfortable in my decision to have the Dental implant surgery. The implant was a complete success and I owe it all to Dr. Kasper’s remarkable skill and expertise. Needless to say, all of my visits have been as impressive as the first. I highly recommend Dr. Kasper and the Keystone Group. If you are looking for a team of Dentists/Oral Surgeons and Dental Staff who truly care about the well being of their patients, look no further than Keystone Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.C.
- Sharon G
After years of reoccurring root canals resulting in several teeth having to be pulled, Dr. Sclafani was recommend to do an implant. I was so amazed at how well the implant procedure went and how well I was treated that I would ONLY recommend Dr. Sclafani and his staff for any oral surgery needs.
- Jessica K
Dr Sclafani is an incredible physician! He is through and extremely talented. Personable beyond believe. He and his staff made feel at ease. That office is one well oiled machine!
- Marcy Gerlach J
The experience with my first implant was great. Dr. Kasper and his staff are very warm and friendly. Everything was explained in detail and every question was answered. The entire process went exactly as planned. I left the consultation with all out of pocket expenses outlined in the estimate and there were no surprises. I just scheduled a second procedure and I would recommend Keystone to anyone considering dental implants.
- Mark N