Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Fuentes is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of eight weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Fuentes performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
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Patient Review By Michelle S
I had 2 implants put in. Amazing doctor, 5 star experience all the way from beginning to end
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Patient Review By Allison T
Let me start by letting you know that I have been in medical and dental sales for 20 years. I have been in thousands of medical and dental offices in my career. Dr. Michael Fuentes and his team run the best practice I have ever been into. When it came time for me to have work on my mouth I knew exactly where I was going. The office is immaculate, the staff is amazing, and Dr. Fuentes is the top of his field. Everyone at the office greets you and they all treat you like a friend. Dr. Fuentes is very laid back, has a great sense of humor, and makes you feel comfortable and at ease. I had to have 2 teeth removed and implants placed...the procedure went flawless and I experienced no pain after the procedure. I highly encourage you to become a patient (friend) of this office if you have any oral surgery needs. I promise you won't find anyone better!
- Allison T
Patient Review By Allison T
Great skill and bedside manner. Will be a patient for life.
- Allison T
Patient Review By Michelle L
I never usually give reviews for anything, but I just HAD TO!! Dr. Fuentes and his staff are AMAZING!!! I have anxiety and I feel so comfortable with the Dr. and the staff. He is always checking to see if you okay and puts a reassuring hand on you. I had a dental implant done and am at the end stage. If you need oral surgery, this is your guy!! I promise you will love him!
- Michelle L