The Most Reliable Dental Procedure
The key to a great result is treatment planning based on your entire mouth. Did you know that 75% of your natural teeth have more than one root? Actually, the chewing teeth have 2-4 roots each. One or more implants must be placed appropriately in position and numbers to suit all the function they will be asked to do. Implants are available in different sizes and shapes to be used in different areas of the mouth. Suitable numbers must be used to offer the result desired based on surface areas and direction of your chewing forces within a framework of the type of restoration you choose; permanently connected teeth or fixed-removable implant dentures.
Information from models of your mouth, photographs, evaluation of your chewing habits and advanced bone evaluation, such as 3-D imaging and bone quality analysis will be advantageous for planning the type of treatment you desire.
More recent advances make bone additions more predictable. Bone bank materials and growth factors may be needed and appropriate for your best result prediction. These will be discussed as appropriate for your particular situation. For example, sinus grafts have had a high success rate for decades, due to the propensity for the sinus floor to grow bone once the membrane liner (membrane) is elevated. This makes placing implants a reliable option for the upper chewing teeth.
Dr. Phillips will discuss your desires and particular needs for each option that will work for you. We encourage photographs of yourself or others for realistic outcome planning. We will give you every option that we can offer you predictably, so you can make an informed choice. If you are missing one tooth or many, there are options for you.