Dr. Freano offers dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth, recommending this highly successful option whenever appropriate because of the long term dental health benefits.
Dental implants look and function much like a natural tooth, providing a permanent replacement option for one or more missing teeth and the preferred method of anchoring a dental bridge for a more secure and stable fit.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients several important dental health benefits:
- Reduced bone loss: the implanted post acts like a tooth root and helps to maintain healthy bone tissue where a tooth has been lost.
- Natural appearance and function: a dental implant is custom matched to remaining natural teeth and can enhance your smile.
- Patients can eat and speak normally: a dental implant fits securely and permanently in the mouth, allowing patients to eat a varied healthy diet without concerns about slippage
- No need for daily maintenance: one of the most convenient benefits, no need for adhesives and fear of an appliance falling out.
Dental Implant Process
In many cases, Dr. Freano will be able to surgically place the dental implant in his Lexington KY dentist office. In other cases, he may work with a local oral surgeon or periodontist to coordinate the surgical phase of treatment. Dr. Freano will complete the dental implant procedure by placing the final restoration of either a dental crown, partial or full denture in his Lexington dental office.
If a tooth extraction is needed, that will be performed first and then the dental implant will be surgically placed in the jawbone. The implant is a small post made of titanium that will fuse with the living bone as it heals, forming a solid structure for the replacement tooth.
In some cases, Dr. Freano may be able to immediately replace the dental implant with a dental crown, bridge or denture. In other instances, a temporary restoration will be placed while the implant heals and integrates with the bone.
It typically takes 3 to 6 months for the implant to fully fuse with the jawbone. The final restoration will be attached to the dental implant for a permanent restoration.
Dental Implant FAQs
How long will dental implant treatment take?
This is usually a two part procedure. The first part of the procedure involves the surgical placement of the implant. In some circumstances, the dental implant can be placed and restored with a dental crown during this visit. Other times, Dr. Freano will place a temporary crown while the implant heals (about 3 – 6 months). Once the implant has integrated with the bone, Dr. Freano will bring you back for the final restoration of the implant.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants can be used for patients of any age with sufficient healthy jaw bone. Dr. Freano will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant. It is important that you have enough bone to support the dental implant. If you do not have enough bone structure, Dr. Freano may coordinate with a specialist to complete bone grafting prior to the dental implant surgery.
Are there any alternatives to implants?
Yes, Dr. Freano offers a variety of treatments for missing teeth including dental bridges and dentures. Dr. Freano will work with you to determine which choice is best for your dental health and personal goals.