Dental Implants

A Dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place, or to provide support for a denture. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, 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 and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Reasons for a Dental Implant

Dental Implants are the answer for many people with missing or damaged teeth – they look and feel just like your own teeth. Implants enhance smiles and prevent bone loss that often accompanies dentures. Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Evaluation

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 doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Implant Placement Procedure:

Step 1 Dental Implant Procedure Las Vegas Henderson

Step 1 Dental Implant Procedure

Dental Implants Can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need for a removable partial denture. This older technique of replacing a tooth utilized other teeth in the mouth and was destructive to healthy teeth.
Step 2 Dental Implant Procedure Las Vegas

Step 2 Dental Implant Procedure

Implants are placed into the jawbone. After this surgical treatment, the bone in the jaw attached to the implants, holding them firmly in place. The attachment of bone to the implant usually takes three to six months
Step 3 Dental Implant Procedure Las Vegas

Step 3 Dental Implant Procedure

Small Posts are attached to the implant, projecting through the gums. Several weeks after this second procedure the replacement crown can be fabricated.
Step 4 Dental Implant Procedure Las Vegas

Step 4 Dental Implant Procedure

Replacement teeth are created and securely attached to the small posts.
Step 5 Dental Implant Procedure Las Vegas

Step 5 Dental Implant Procedure

After Treatment is complete, brushing, flossing and regular professional dental care are essential to the success of the dental implant.

Dr. De Andrade has received extensive training in Implantology. He has been certified in the diagnosis and placement of single implants, sinus lifts, immediate placement single and multiple implants for dentures as well as regenerative procedures necessary to prepare sites and maintain implants.

Procedures

Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. 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 gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the bone has bonded to the implant, the second phase begins. Dr. De Andrade will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.