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 that 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.
Dr. Wilde has received extensive training in Implantology. He has been successfully placing implants since 1987 Through continuing education, Dr. Wilde is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.
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 is 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.
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. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors.
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 that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Wilde 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.
Our state-of-the-art office is equipped with several forms of advanced technology to assist in the treatment of the most complicated treatment plans. Our equipment includes:
- Cone Beam 3D Imaging: 3D Imaging allows advanced diagnosis and detection of Pathology in which old technologies can miss. This scan is completed in our office at a fraction of the radiation and costs of a Medical CT Scan.
- Advanced Planning Software: Digital treatment planning allows for pre-surgical, virtual, and precise implant placement.
- Surgical Guides: Surgical guides allow for precise implant placement, allowing patients to spend less time in the dental chair due to the pre-planning that occurs.
- Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF): Plasma Rich in Growth Factors uses your body’s own growth stimulators for more predictable and better bone healing. This treatment is a revolutionary option that uses your own blood for healing after implant placement. When we suffer an injury the human body begins repair by releasing proteins (cellular signals). The PRGF technique isolates these proteins from the blood plasma which are responsible for wound healing and tissue regeneration. The repair process is accelerated once a therapeutic dose is applied to the treatment area. To begin this process, we draw a small amount of blood from the patient and the Plasma Rich in Growth Factors, or proteins, are obtained through a centrifuge (spinning) process. This plasma is then placed where healing or regeneration of bone and tissue are needed.
- Piezo Ultrasonic Surgery: Implants are placed with ultrasonic technology vs. traditional dental burs and drills.
Dr. Greggory Wilde, Periodontist at Lowell Street Dental Implant and Surgical Center in Silverdale, WA
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