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 are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds 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 are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
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 either Dr. Grimes and Dr. Simek or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial 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 implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Grimes and Simek can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth 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.
Not All Implants are Created Equal
Straumann offers you important advantages for your missing teeth, with trusted products built on a foundation of quality, scientific research, and leading-edge technology
Worldwide Confidence, Worldwide Trust
Recognized as one of the leading providers of dental implants, more than 14 million Straumann implants have been sold to clinicians in over 70 countries. Rest assured that no matter where life takes you, care for you and your Straumann dental implants is nearby.
Straumann dental implants are one of the most well documented systems with more than 30 years of extensive scientific and clinical evidence – few implant companies can make that claim.
Swiss Quality and Precision
With Swiss precision engineering roots, Straumann implants and components are manufactured under exacting processes and held to the highest quality standards.
Supported by Science
Straumann dental implants have shown a 98.8% survival rate in long-term clinical studies.1 This 10-year survival rate (meaning the implant is still secure in a patient’s mouth) is one of the highest observed to date.
Leading implant surface and implant material
Straumann offers some of the most advanced dental implant surfaces and materials available, designed to shorten treatment times and make tooth replacement less intrusive.
- Straumann SLActive® is an advanced implant surface designed to bond faster with bone, reduce healing time and increase the predictability of implant treatment.
- Straumann Roxolid® is the first Titanium Zirconium alloy designed for dental implants and provides improved strength2 over Straumann’s Titanium implants, offering a new option for patients with limited bone or narrow spaces between teeth.
Looking to read more? Learn more about the benefits of Straumann dental implants.
Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.
1Buser D, Janner SF, Wittneben JG, Brägger U, Ramseier CA, Salvi GE. 10-year survival and success rates of 511 titanium implants with a sandblasted and acid-etched surface: a retrospective study in 303 partially edentulous patients. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res. 2012 Dec;14(6):839-51.
2;Tensile strength. Norm ASTM F67 (states min. tensile strength of annealed titanium); data on file.
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial
The process for my dental implant was explained very well and the procedure went smoothly and I am recovering very well. Dr. Simek explained exactly what the procedure would consist of and things went according to plan. Amber made the process as manageable as possible. As procedures like this go, this was as good as it gets!
- Steve B