Dental Implant


What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial root, typically made of titanium, a biocompatible and durable material. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace a missing natural tooth. Once the implant has integrated with the bone, a crown is attached to it to restore the function and aesthetics of the tooth. Dental implants are a long-lasting and effective solution for replacing missing teeth.

The Dental Implant Procedure

In the past, the dental implant procedure was lengthy and required several interventions. Today, thanks to technological advancements and the expertise of professionals like Dr. Shaw, the procedure has been simplified. Dr Shaw is a Board certified prosthodontist and a surgically trained graduate of the two year implant fellowship program from New York University` With this background, Dr. Shaw can plan and perform the entire treatment, thus reducing the number of appointments and interventions required. In some cases, it is even possible to place the implants and restore them with a temporary prosthesis on the same day (Teeth-in-a-Day).

  • Dental Implant Surgery: Evolution of Protocols

Surgical protocols have evolved, offering faster and more efficient solutions. For example, in certain situations, it is now possible to place the implant and a fixed temporary tooth at the time of extraction. This technique preserves the gingival tissue and maximizes the aesthetics of the restoration, while avoiding the patient having to wear a removable device for several months.

  • Immediate Loading: A Revolution in Implant Dentistry

The concept of "immediate loading" is another major advancement in implant dentistry. In certain situations, it is possible to place multiple implants in a patient's arch and load them with a temporary fixed bridge on the same day. Thus, the patient goes directly from a removable situation to a fixed situation, without having to wear a removable device. This method, called "Teeth-in-a-day," offers the same success rate as traditional methods.

  • Dental Implants: A Versatile Solution

Dental implants are a versatile solution for replacing missing teeth. They can serve as anchors for removable devices, such as complete or partial dentures, or for fixed restorations, such as crowns or bridges. They are durable, functional, and allow you to continue eating all your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth. Additionally, dental implants can help stabilize dentures, improving the functionality of the bite and allowing patients to rediscover some of life's simple pleasures, such as biting into an apple or enjoying a steak.


Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer many advantages. They preserve bone structure, allow you to chew healthy foods, and give patients confidence to smile. They also protect existing teeth by contributing to the maintenance of bone structure. Furthermore, dental implants are designed to last many years, if not a lifetime, with proper care.


Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

It is normal to have questions about dental implants and their procedure. Do not hesitate to consult our FAQ section or to make an appointment with Dr. Shaw to learn more about dental implants, their cost, their lifespan, their maintenance, and other concerns. We are here to help you make an informed decision about your oral health.

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