Dental ImplantsDental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone heals directly with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants can be used for single tooth replacements, multiple tooth replacements, or they can be used to secure a removable denture.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Marley.
Dental Implant Procedure
Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts called abutments are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. The abutments provide a stable foundation for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients with adequate bone at the implant site, the placement of dental implants involves a single surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums and healing, or integrating with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary tooth replacement appliance during this period. Following implant integration, Dr. Marley can begin the process of fabricating your new teeth.
Some patients will have an inadequate amount of bone at the desired implant site. These patients will require some reconstructive surgery in order to place an implant. Our 3D CBCT imaging equipment will help us determine if additional bone grafting will be needed prior to surgical involvement.
Dr. Marley has completed a thorough education continuum in the surgical component of implant dentistry at the Misch International Implant institute and is now placing dental implants in Sitka.