Dental Implants

Dental Implants Dr. Wolfson

Despite the high rate of success of endodontics (routinely over 95%), there are some instances where the tooth cannot be saved.

In this case the patient is left with a missing tooth and a gap. This not only affects their smile, but the stability and functioning of other teeth resulting in the loss of chewing function and potentially the inability to eat a complete diet.

Dr. Wolfson offers an effective solution to deal with this... dental implants.

The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. A crown is placed on top of the post. 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 that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The patient regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their facial contours will be preserved.  Dental implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Implant Procedure

Dental Implants Dr. Wolfson For most patients the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. The first procedure is to extract the tooth that will be replaced with an implant. Occasionally bone grafting may be required to preserve the bone level and grow new bone so that there is a solid foundation for the implant.  A short healing period is necessary before an implant can be placed.

The second procedure is the implant placement.  The dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gums and will require a period of 3-6 months for the jawbone to bond with the implant.  A temporary denture can be fitted to wear during the healing process.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone Dr. Wolfson will uncover the implant and attach a small healing collar. Then your family dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. First, an impression must be taken.  Following this, a post is attached to the implant and the crown or tooth replacement is then made over it.  The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months and most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.