WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. A dental implant is made out of titanium and provides the support for a permanent crown once it is placed and fused to the jawbone. For patients who qualify, implants are a superior alternative to bridges because they are an effective long-term solution that does not require treating adjacent teeth unnecessarily. Because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth, and have an overall success rate of 95%, dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement.
Dental implants typically have three parts:
1) The implant: A screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. The implant heals for 3-4 months, and is ready to be uncovered once the implant has securely adhered to your bone.
2) The abutment: This connects the implant to the permanent crown or crowns.
3) The crown: This is the part that looks like your natural tooth. It’s usually made of porcelain for durability and aesthetics.
Implant-supported dentures are similar to regular dentures. The key difference is the manner in which they are held in place. Traditional dentures stay in place with suction and dental adhesives. Implant-supported dentures, as the name suggests, are held in place by dental implants. This provides greater stability and eliminates the concern of dentures slipping out of place. Dentures can be held in place by embedding four to six implants in strategic locations, restoring functionality to your bite.
Why Get Your Dental Implants with Dr. Tomaselli?
Dr. Tomaselli has been placing and restoring implants for over 25 years, and he is also a graduate of the Misch Implant Institute, which is a world-renowned organization for implant training. Dr. Tomaselli can manage all phases of the implant process, so patients benefit from his experience as well as the convenience of only having to see one dentist from start to finish. Dr. Tomaselli also offers oral conscious sedation for those patients who have anxiety about getting dental treatment.
Before and After Implant Pictures of Dr. Tomasell’s Patients: