DENTAL IMPLANTS

Anchored Replacement Teeth with Dental Implants

Though Dr. Kania’s goal is typically to preserve as much of your healthy oral tissues and structures as possible, tooth loss is still a significant problem. By placing an appropriate number of dental implants into the jawbone, Dr. Kania can provide a more comprehensive replacement option that includes root-like support to mimic your natural teeth. As your jawbone heals around the biocompatible posts, it will fuse to their surfaces to hold them steadily in place, allowing your dentist to firmly secure a dental crown, partial denture, or complete denture to the implants.

Placing Dental Implants

Before dental implant placement, Dr. Kania will first perform a thorough examination to determine that periodontal disease is not present, and that your jawbone is strong enough to support the implant posts.

If necessary, you may require periodontal treatment, a pinhole gum graft, and/or a jawbone graft to fortify your gums and jawbone before implant placement can begin.

Diagnostic imaging, such as digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and precise diagnostic impressions, will be utilized to create a detailed surgical guide that helps ensure accurate, strategic implant placement.

Whether you need one, two, or more dental implants will depend on how many teeth you’ve lost, but each implant will be carefully angled and secured to effectively stabilize your appropriate prosthesis.

Before surgery, Dr. Kania will administer local anesthesia to minimize discomfort, and dental sedation to help you remain relaxed and calm throughout the procedure.

After 4-6 months (typically), your jawbone will have healed completely, and once your dental crown, partial denture, or full denture is secured, you can enjoy the comfortable, lifelike security of your new implant restoration.

Caring for Your Implant Restoration

Like your healthy, natural teeth and their roots, dental implants and their restorations depend on the support of a healthy support system—mainly, your jawbone and periodontal tissues. To keep this support system strong and healthy, be sure to brush and floss your teeth, gums, and restoration at least twice every day with a recommended toothbrush and toothpaste. Also, maintain a steady schedule of checkup appointments to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues from compromising your newly restored smile.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann M. Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. Dr. Kania also offers the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.