What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are basically artificial roots made of biocompatible titanium upon which a crown is placed to regain a missing tooth or teeth in form, function, and esthetics.
Is There Anything Else That I Need to Know Before Getting an Implant?
On the top jaw or maxilla, there are limitations and anatomical landmarks that have to be considered. These include your sinuses, the floor of your nose, and the condition and density of the bone and gum in the region that the implant is to be placed. The primary considerations on the lower jaw or mandible are the location and distance of several nerves and blood vessels that exist in the area where the implant will potentially be placed. Dr. Nick Yiannios typically uses 3-D imaging to objectively ascertain if any of these complications exist prior to undertaking implant placement so that measures can be taken to circumvent any potential complications (see sample video demonstrating screening via 3-D imaging at the bottom of this page).
Are There Different Kinds of Dental Implants?
Yes. There are a plethora of different shapes, sizes, and brands available, both in titanium as well as zirconia (metal free holistic dental implant option). Dr. Nick Yiannios has worked with many different brands and types of implants in the past decades and will be able to decide which type is best for your situation.
What Is the Success Rate for Dental Implants?
Well above 90% across the board. Many factors dictate the potential success or failure of the dental implant, including oral hygiene habits, general health, social habits such as smoking (decreases prognosis), and the initial quality, quantity, and thickness of bone and gum tissue at the time of surgery.
Can Dr. Nick Yiannios Do My Dental Implant in Rogers?
In most cases, yes. On occasion, referral to either a periodontist or oral surgeon is indicated for complex cases.
Can Dr. Nick Yiannios Do the Crown That Sits on Top of the Implant?
Of course, he can. He usually does them the same day you come in with his CAD/CAM technology, creating a permanent crown with beautiful and strong porcelain in one visit.
What Is Bone Grafting?
When a tooth is extracted and we plan on placing an implant, it is prudent to augment the thickness of the bone by doing a bone graft. Basically, we place sterile bone in the hole where the roots used to be to encourage the bone to grow in place of the root, rather than allowing the extraction site to heal naturally, with a concurrent loss of bone height and thickness. A bone grafting procedure helps to ensure that there will be plenty of bone to allow subsequent implant placement several months later.
The implant should be placed within a year or so; otherwise, the grafted and augmented extraction extracted site will melt away over time, eliminating the advantage of ample bone thickness that was once thereafter the graft. Therefore, grafting ideally is accomplished the day the tooth is removed.
What Is the Goal of Dental Implant Therapy?
To give you your tooth back, of course! The loss of a tooth or teeth is not to be taken lightly. The remaining teeth may take excessive loads, tip, and/or fracture over time, leading to a domino effect of more trouble than most would care to deal with. The result is highly dependent upon the precise positioning of the titanium implant relative to where the porcelain crown will need to be. The most precise way to manage this is via 3-D guided implant placement following the design of a properly shaped crown in the missing space via CAD/CAM virtual placement, before the implant surgery.
Would You Like to Learn More About Dental Implants in Rogers, AR?
Give Dr. Nick D.D.S. a call today at (479) 876-8000 to learn more about dental implants.