If you’re missing one, or several, teeth, and are looking for a low-maintenance, long-lasting solution, dental implants may be the right choice for you. Able to restore the look and function of your smile and bite, dental implants can enhance your overall appearance and oral health. Dental implants are made with durable materials that can last a lifetime with the proper care, and are custom-crafted to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile.
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants aren’t at risk for tooth decay.
During your initial exam, Dr. Jankowski will help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. The exam will consist of a state-of-the-art CBCT x-ray and a 3D digital scan of your teeth and gums. These two data sets will then be combined to accurately measure the quantity and position of your bone, as well as map out adjacent anatomy.
Using the information from your 3D scans and exam, Dr. Jankowski will create a digitally designed surgical guide. Dr. Jankowski uses advanced computer guided surgery to ensure optimal placement of your implants. Research shows that using digitally designed surgical guides are significantly more accurate than traditional implant placement methods.
Traditional implants can take 6 months or more to heal. However, Dr. Jankowski uses the most advanced implant technology creating the optimal bio-compatible environment between your bone and your implant. This often results in an accelerated healing time and more complete osseointegration. This means you can often get your crown placed sooner.
You’ll visit our office several times throughout the healing process to ensure the implant is integrating well. Once the implant is ready, Dr. Jankowski will take digital impressions of your implant position and surrounding teeth. Dr. Jankowski then personally designs and manufactures your implant crown to ensure optimal performance.
Once we have received your completed dental prosthetic, you’ll return for your final visit. During this visit, Dr. Jankowski will attach your restoration to your dental implant with a custom abutment. This completes the process and you're ready to use your new implant and crown.
Our patients love their dental implants! One of best benefits, is that they don’t require any special care outside of good oral hygiene practices. Be sure to brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and schedule visits with your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. With the right oral health habits, your dental implant can last for many years.
Single tooth implants consist of three primary parts, and are the most-common type of dental implant restoration. The implant itself is a titanium “post” that is shaped like a screw. The second component is an abutment that connects the implant to your crown and is often made of titanium. A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials like zirconia, porcelain, or gold. A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that attaches to the custom abutment to complete the restoration.
Single tooth implants are embedded directly into the jaw, where the titanium bonds permanently with the bone. While the site heals, a dental crown is crafted, and eventually affixed to the implant post via an “abutment.” Crowns mirror the look and function of a natural tooth to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Made from durable materials, dental crowns can last for decades, while dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. And unlike a 3-unit bridge, a single implant is designed to replace just your missing tooth. Also, you won't need to cut down any healthy teeth adjacent teeth just to replace your missing tooth.
Implant-retained dentures are one of the most secure solutions available for those looking for those who need a full replacement of their teeth or to more securely hold their denture in place. For implant-retained dentures, a denture is affixed to 4 or more implants that have been placed in your jaw. Implant-retained dentures are removable at home, but they stay in place much more securely when chewing and talking than dentures without implant support.
For many patients, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants consist of two main parts, the implant itself, and the restorative component. The implant is the screw-shaped titanium “post” that is placed directly into the jaw bone. The restoration is most often a custom-crafted prosthetic like a dental crown, and an abutment, which links the restoration and the implant together. Implant posts, on the other hand, come in various pre-made sizes, ensuring every patient gets an implant that fits their grin.
After your dental implant has been placed, your dentist will create impressions of your teeth and gums, using either putty or digital scans, and send them to a dental lab, where they will create a dental implant restoration that is made to last. Most restorations are crafted out of porcelain or a durable, natural-looking composite material. Once we receive your restoration, you’ll return to our office where your dentist will secure your dental prosthetic to your implant, completing the restoration.
When dental implants are placed properly, and kept up with good oral hygiene habits, they can last for decades. In fact, it’s common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
On the other hand, although restorations like dental crowns and bridges are made from durable materials, the regular wear they endure from chewing and biting means that they will likely need to be replaced at some point to ensure your continued oral health.
Although rare, it is possible for dental implants to become infected. A condition known as “peri-implantitis,” an infected dental implant is most often a result of the implant not being cleaned or cared for correctly following oral surgery.
The best way to avoid the risk of peri-implantitis is to carefully follow your dentist’s instructions for recovery, and to keep up with good oral hygiene habits, like regular brushing and flossing, once your dental implant has healed.
Yes, and they’re the only dental restoration that does so. Bone loss, also known as bone resorption, occurs after losing a tooth, when your jaw stops being stimulated by the natural forces that come from chewing and biting, causing your jaw bone to weaken.
When a dental implant bonds directly with the jaw bone, it acts as an artificial root in that it effectively transmits the pressure of chewing and biting into your jaw bone, providing stimulation to keep your bone from losing density.
For some cases, there are several types of dental implants that can be completed in just one appointment. However, the restoration will be a temporary prosthetic to keep your bite functional and to protect the implant site until you’ve finished healing from the placement surgery. The temporary restoration ensures that you will be able to eat and speak normally during the healing process.
Traditional implants can take 4-6 months to heal. However, by using the most advanced technology for implant placements, Dr. Jankowski can create an optimal bio-compatible environment between the dental implant and your natural bone. For many patients, this often results in faster healing times and more complete osseointegration overall. Which means you can often get your crown placed sooner.
Titanium is durable, light, and biocompatible.