Dental implants are considered the “gold” standard in tooth replacement and one of the best investments you can make in your smile. Therefore, it is critical to find a qualified dentist to answer all your questions before pursuing treatment. Drs. Thomas and Jessica Gibbs are skilled implant dentists with years of experience. Along with being trained in dental implants, they invest in modern technology to ensure the predictability and safety of your treatment. We invite you to read through our list of commonly asked questions, then schedule your complimentary implant consultation with our team!
Dental implants are post-like devices that serve as the roots of a tooth. These posts are inserted into the jawbone, forming a base on which to mount artificial teeth to fill the gaps left by missing natural teeth. One or several implants can be placed at the same time and can be used to support bridges or dentures.
The dental implant is simply the supporting fixture for subsequent dental restorations. Common “end-uses” are replacing a single missing tooth, a tooth supported bridge, and partial dentures. Implants can also be used to stabilize dentures or eliminate them altogether with full arch dental implant solutions.
Dental implants are fashioned from titanium, a highly biocompatible metal. This material is incapable of decaying and thus never needs root canal therapy. A major benefit of implants is that they trigger bone growth, thus preventing future bone loss.
Both Drs. Thomas and Jessica Gibbs hold Fellowship status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a prestigious organization dedicated to excellence in implant dentistry. Combined, our dentists have over 40 years of experience in dentistry and are skilled in specialized services like dental implants. They attend continuing education courses and training every year to stay up-to-date in the field.
During the first clinical appointment, the implants are placed into your jawbone. These fixtures are then allowed to integrate with the bone for approximately three months. After this healing period, the implants are examined to discern their degree of fusion with the jaw. If solidly fused, they are ready to be prepared to accept the final prosthetic components, such as artificial teeth, bridges, or dentures.
In cases where multiple implants need to be utilized, or in areas where the bone is difficult to work with, advanced guided technology can be used to place the implants with unrivaled accuracy. The software of this type uses three-dimensional CT scans to fully visualize the bone and thus helps with precise placement of the oral medical fixture. We use 3D cone beam CT scans in the process, providing an extremely accurate appraisal of the supporting bone. We’re even utilizing integrated optical 3D scans for extremely accurate implant placement that makes these fixtures much more comfortable!
In some individual cases, modern dental implants have been maintained in good condition for greater than forty years. Continued care is still needed for an implant after placement, even though it is made from metal. This includes both patient home care and professional maintenance. The useful life of a dental implant varies according to patient health and habits such as oral hygiene and smoking.
Dental implants are not subject to ordinary tooth decay, fashioned as they are out of titanium, but the crowns and dental bridges they support are still worn down by use. Patients need to be aware that they need to maintain the health of the gums around the implants to avoid complications. With proper dental care, implants can be expected to last for the full lifetime of the patient!