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.
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Walzer, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Hlousek, Dr. Jones and Dr. Chambers are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Walzer, Sullivan, Hlousek, Jones or Chambers performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the dental implant process.
Oral Surgery Specialists
I waited about a year after my tooth was removed because I was so fearful of the procedure. I finally got the implant put in and the worst part was the injection to numb my mouth. It was a piece of cake. Thank you Dr. Chambers
- Pamela M
My procedure was done with expert proficiency and skill with a minimum and discomfort
- Alfred L
After a series of unfortunate events I found myself in the chair of Dr Hlousek facing an unexpected tooth extraction to be followed by implant surgery three months later. While there is really nothing good to say about extraction surgery I made it through with the help of Dr Hlousek and his wonderful staff. He answered all my questions, explained exactly what would need to be done to insure a proper outcome for the implant and why it would take so long. Do I ask a lot of questions? Yes. Were they answered in a way I could totally understand? Absolutely. Most importantly my overall take away was that Dr Hlousek was aware of my anxiety and actually took the time to call so he could follow up on my healing progress. His calm demeanor, warm smile and professional attitude made an unfortunate set of events not only tolerable but simply stated, “Okay”. Without any hesitation I would recommend Dr Hlousek to my family and friends he and his staff are the best Annapolis has to offer. Linda Valentino
- Linda v
I considered my case extremely complicated and challenging. It involved multiple extractions, bone grafting and implants. I was very nervous at first, but after my consultation I knew I was in good hands. Dr. Walzer discussed my options with great detail so I knew exactly what to expect. On Oct 1, 2018 7:30 am I met Dr.Walzer and his team, (which by the way, were wonderful) at the Annapolis office. He strategically placed the dental implants so I didn't have to worry about having a sinus lift. His work was impeccable, top notch to be exact. Dr. Walzer is kind, professional, and very knowledgeable when it comes to cutting edge dentistry. I'm very satisfied with my results and I highly recommend him. I just visited him today Oct 16 2019 for another troublesome tooth. No anxiety or nervousness. He truly is the best oral surgeon around.
- Sandra D