If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause,
there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live! They
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.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone
where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for new
teeth. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing
the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
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, Dr. Koutrach 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
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. We will be happy
to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
What Types of Prosthesis are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth –
each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis
(fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two
implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed or removable bridge) replaces
all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies
depending upon biological and biomechanical factors.
Be sure to view our Smile Gallery to see how
single tooth implants and
multiple teeth implants can change the way your smile looks and feels
Dr. Koutrach is a
Prosthodontist who performs in-office dental implant surgery in a hospital-style operating
suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant
surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or
for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical
procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time
following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety
of factors. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after
they are placed.
For the first three months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath
the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should
be able to have a temporary tooth replacement eat a soft diet during this
time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final permanent
teeth that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr.
Koutrach will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar.
After two weeks your dentist will be able to start making your new teeth.
An impression will be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected
to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or
attachments. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.