Implants are a relatively new solution to missing teeth. They can be used instead of bridges, partial dentures or dentures. They are the most expensive, but implants are permanent, look like real teeth and provide comfortable biting and chewing.
As with other such procedures, an impression is made and a new tooth created that will look natural in the patient’s mouth. It is then held in place with a screw implanted surgically into the bone. The patient may experience temporary soreness, tenderness and/or swelling for a few days after.
A miniature titanium implant acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture keeps your denture solid with no movement. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
The standard insertion protocol for dental implants calls for four of them to be gently screwed into the front of a patient’s lower jaw. This is a relatively painless procedure requiring only a mild anesthesia. The dental implants, which are approximately the size of wooden toothpicks, are placed about five millimeters apart in the patient’s mandible. The patient’s denture is then carefully adjusted by Dr. Liuzza to allow it to snap onto the four mini implants. The result? A tight fitting, completely reliable system that allows a patient to speak and eat with confidence. The Dental Implants are placed in about an hour’s time. Because of the unique, minimally invasive procedure, the minute size of the implants, and the characteristic placement area, the typical Dental Implant patient can enjoy a light meal an hour or so after having the mini implants placed. Further, a denture patient who has had his or her prosthesis stabilized with implant can remove and replace the denture easily after a little practice, and can easily utilize good dental hygiene.