Dental Implants

Patients come into our facility in pain, or in fear – frustrated by the loss of the function, comfort and confidence that most people take for granted. Transforming their lives in just one day by taking away the pain and restoring the function and confidence is one of the most satisfying things I am privileged to do.

-Dr. Holtzen

Natural looking and functional dental implants…

Are you struggling with a missing or damaged tooth due to an accident, gum disease or tooth decay? Or are you looking for an alternative to a dental bridge or partial dentures? Dental implants offer a long-term solution to many of these issues, returning your smile’s appearance, feel, and health.

Dental implants, as a whole, have a success rate well above 90 percent. Our implant success rate is 97 percent.
At Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery, we are dedicated to giving natural-looking and functional teeth to people of all ages and with widely varying dental histories. We are committed to providing the best dental implant care to our patients, from utilizing innovative technology and techniques to going out of our way to make our patients feel safe, cared for, and comfortable.

Process and Procedure

The process of dental implants depends on many factors, including your medical history, your jawbone health, and your implant needs. While the below overview of the process is accurate for many patients, talk to our surgeons to find out more about the timeline and details of your own dental implant process. In some cases, dental implants can be achieved in a just a few visits. In other cases, implants may take a series of months.

• Consultation. You will have a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons, who will examine your teeth, take a detailed history of your health, and answer any and all questions about dental implants. At this time, the doctor will outline a treatment plan that works best for you.

• Possible bone augmentation. The need and utilization of bone grafting has shrunk significantly in recent years, but a minority of patients may require bone augmentation to support their implant or implants. Your surgeon will let you know if you need this procedure.

• Implantation. The dental implant is placed into the bone at the location of the root of the missing tooth. This will act as the root of the new tooth. Depending on which tooth is being replaced and the quality of your bone, you may get a tooth placed on the implant immediately, or the implant may need to heal for a period of time first.

• Crown placement. After your implant has successfully integrated into your bone and healed, a temporary crown followed by a permanent crown will be placed on the implant. The crown will either be cemented or screwed into place, creating a tooth that looks and feels just like your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell that you have a dental implant.

Recovery and After Surgery

You may feel some discomfort and need time to recover after surgery. Although most patients report very little post-surgical discomfort, it is normal to experience some swelling, soreness, bleeding, and bruising after certain stages in the process. During these recovery periods, you may need to eat a diet of soft food for 7 to 10 days. Once your implantation process is complete and your new tooth or teeth are fully integrated, you can enjoy the freedom of eating, smiling, and speaking with ease.

At the Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery, we have a dental implant rate of 97 percent. For certain implant procedures, the success level is even higher. As with natural teeth, the long term success of your implants depends upon you and your dentist. You can keep you dental implants healthy and looking great by frequently visiting your dentist, practicing careful dental hygiene, and avoiding harmful behavior, including using tobacco products.

What is All-On-4?

All-on-4 is a dental implant procedure that uses only four dental implants on each full arch of teeth, eliminating the need for bone grafts and allowing the entire procedure to be completed in just one day. You may be a good candidate for the All-on-4 procedure have significant tooth loss or if you are looking for an alternative to dentures. Because of the nature of the procedure, most people seeking dental implants are a good candidate for All-on-4.

Start the dental implant process today!

Living with missing or damaged teeth can make everyday life painful, embarrassing, and generally difficult. Dental implants are a solution that has given millions of people a functional, full, and comfortable set of teeth. They will look and feel natural, all while improving your overall oral health and jaw health.

Find out if you are an ideal candidate for a dental implant – or just get your dental implant questions answered by an experienced doctor.

Dental Implant FAQ’s

• Dental implants preserve your healthy teeth. Receiving bridges involve grinding down your neighboring teeth, while dental implants allow you to preserve the current condition of your natural teeth.• Dental implants are more durable and cost-effective. Unlike bridges and crowns, dental implants often last for a lifetime. Because they almost never need replacing, they can be a less expensive tooth loss solution.

• Dental implants mean better and easier oral hygiene. Because implants are so much like natural teeth, oral care is easier. Unlike bridges, for example, you can easily floss between implants and natural teeth.

• Dental implants promote jawbone health. Because dental implants replace the tooth root, they stop jawbone degeneration and keep the jaw strong and healthy.• Dental implants make speaking and eating easier. Those with dentures or extensive tooth loss can find speaking painful and eating difficult. Since dental implants are permanently anchored to your jaw, you can eat, speak and live with confidence and comfort. At the same time, you don’t have to deal with slipping dentures or messy denture adhesives.

• Dental implants create a better smile — and better self-esteem. Dental implants look identical to your natural teeth and restore your smile.

No. Your dental implants will look and feel just like your natural teeth.

 

You care for your dental implants just as you care for your natural teeth – brush them, floss them, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and x-rays. With proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Other tooth replacement solutions, such as bridges and crowns, often need to be replaced within 5-10 years.

Although our level of experience and skill translates to a much lower rate of complication than reported averages, no surgical procedure can be completely free of potential for complications. Generally, dental implant placement is a very safe and predictable procedure. However, dental implant operations carry many of the same risks as similar tooth replacement and oral surgery procedures. Some patients report pain, swelling, and bruising. Rarely, patients report issues with infection, sinus issues, post-surgical bleeding, and inflammation affecting the nerves that provide sensation to the lips, chin, tongue and gums. We see a success rate with our dental implants in excess of 98 percent. Nonetheless, a very small number of dental implants will not integrate into the jawbone properly and the procedure will need to be repeated. Our level of skill enables us to help all of our patients overcome any bumps in the road and ultimately achieve their desire of restored smiles.

The cost of dental implants also depends on how many implants the patient is receiving, the health of the patient, and the complexity of the procedure. We take pride in making these procedures affordable in an effort to make them available to more patients in need. We have professionals in our facility who can help you understand and maximize your insurance benefits and who can help you obtain affordable financing if needed.

Many patients report that dental implants finally end the pain and discomfort that they have been experiencing with their missing teeth, damaged teeth, or dentures.

During the procedure itself, patients are sedated. Many patients report having no pain at all. After the procedure, patients may feel some discomfort and experience some swelling and bruising. This should resolve in a short time. Speak with your surgeon about any ongoing discomfort.

A small percentage of general dentists place dental implants, but most dental implant procedures are performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Before choosing a medical professional to oversee your dental implant process, be sure to ask about their credentials, their experience, and their education. At Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery, our dental implant surgeon is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and have a long history of successful implant procedures.

The length of the dental implant process depends on which teeth are being replaced as well as the condition of the bone supporting the implants. We at Alpine Oral and Facial Surgery have refined techniques for replacing many teeth in just one day, but in unusual circumstances the process may take between three and nine months to complete. Patients receiving All-on-4 full arch implants can have a full mouth of permanent, working teeth in just one day. During your consultation, ask your doctor or dentist about your individual dental implant timeline.

Anyone who is healthy enough to undergo other similar forms of dental work (such as bridge work or tooth extraction) is also healthy enough to get dental implants. We have utilized dental implants for several patients over 100 years old! Anyone who is missing a single tooth, missing multiple teeth, or who uses dentures may find that dental implants are an ideal solution for them.

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