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 oral 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.
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“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, Dr. Chambers and Dr. Kufta 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, Chambers or Kufta 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.
Patient Reviews for Dental Implants
Oral Surgery Specialists
It was such a pleasure to work with Dr.Kufta on my tooth implant, He was very professional, personable, great listener, empathetic to all my concerns. I would highly recommend Dr.Kufta to all my friends and colleagues.
- Natalya S
I had an upper left tooth that was bothering me and needed to be removed. Dr. Hlousek and his team were able to get me scheduled and seen in a timely matter. One of his assistants, Jess, was reassuring throughout the procedure and made sure I was comfortable and aware of everything I was about to endure. The tooth removal was smooth and better than expected. The other assistant, Jojo, was great at letting me know all of my aftercare and gave great advice on how to manage my pain. Overall the experience was pleasant and I would highly recommend Dr. Hlousek and his team for all of your oral surgery needs.
- Shawn S
Everything was perfect! I had a difficult procedure and they made it very easy for me. The nurses are wonderful and I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr. Sullivan.
- Joan A
Check out Dr. Kenneth M. Kufta, DMD, MD. He is a gift to the dental profession, A dentist with a soft voice, engaging mannerisms, patience, instructive.. and capable of fulfilling his calling. My husband and and I are pleased!
- Katherine O
Dr. Chambers and his team were quick, efficient, friendly and put me at ease. If an extraction can be described as pleasant, this is how I would describe it. Highly recommended.
- James K
Excellently run office. Dr. Walzer provides clear explanations, is friendly, skilled, great! No question is a bad question. He and the staff are helpful all around.
- Christopher J
My poor tooth had gone through (with my general dentist) a root canal, followed months later by an extraction, which was to be followed up with a surgeon to perform an implant and possible sinus lift. Luckily, I did not need the sinus lift (I hugged Dr. Jones when he told me that). My anxiety after going through so much with this particular tooth was sky-high, but Dr. Jones' assistants, Kiana, Tatiyanna and Carrie, were so kind, calming and reassuring, they are definitely superstars at what they do. I cannot thank them all enough - the procedure went very quickly with very, very little pain, almost none at all. Thank you again, Dr, Jones, Kiana, Tatiyanna and Carrie! I hope my other teeth stay in check, but if they don't I'll be back! I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.
- Karin R
I cannot say enough positive remarks about Dr. Sullivan and his staff at the Pasadena Office. I highly recommend them to everyone that requires oral surgery.
- Mary H