Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that Dr. Logue places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option if you have good general oral health and have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

 

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

 

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, such as placement by Dr. Logue and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.

 

Call Dr. Logue today to discuss which dental implant procedure is right for you.

Single Dental Implants

A single dental implant is ideal if only one tooth is missing. A dental implant acts as an artificial tooth root which upon a crown is placed.

 

A single dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. The dental implant is fixed and permanent. A partial denture is removable and has clasps that hook onto the adjacent teeth. A cemented bridge is fixed and permanent but requires cutting down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space. The dental implant integrates with your jawbone. By doing so, it preserves the bone that supports the implant and maintains an aesthetic contour of the gum tissue. The single dental implant with a crown looks and functions like a natural tooth.

Multiple Dental Implants

Multiple dental implants are a great option for replacement of partial or complete tooth loss in the upper and/or lower jaw. The dental implants function as artificial tooth roots that support removable dentures or fixed bridges.

 

When teeth are lost, the tooth supporting bone begins to deteriorate. This can lead to ill-fitting and unstable conventional dentures. Dental implants preserve the supporting bone by integrating with the jawbone. Dental implants provide anchorage for special attachments used with removable dentures. Dentals implants can also support cemented fixed bridges. Having these options you can achieve the optimal aesthetics, function and health you desire.

 

Schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Logue to discuss if dental implants are the best option for you.

Multiple Dental Implants

Multiple dental implants are a great option for replacement of partial or complete tooth loss in the upper and/or lower jaw. The dental implants function as artificial tooth roots that support removable dentures or fixed bridges.

 

When teeth are lost, the tooth supporting bone begins to deteriorate. This can lead to ill-fitting and unstable conventional dentures. Dental implants preserve the supporting bone by integrating with the jawbone. Dental implants provide anchorage for special attachments used with removable dentures. Dentals implants can also support cemented fixed bridges. Having these options you can achieve the optimal aesthetics, function and health you desire.

 

Schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Logue to discuss if dental implants are the best option for you.

Multiple Dental Implants

Multiple dental implants are a great option for replacement of partial or complete tooth loss in the upper and/or lower jaw. The dental implants function as artificial tooth roots that support removable dentures or fixed bridges.

 

When teeth are lost, the tooth supporting bone begins to deteriorate. This can lead to ill-fitting and unstable conventional dentures. Dental implants preserve the supporting bone by integrating with the jawbone. Dental implants provide anchorage for special attachments used with removable dentures. Dentals implants can also support cemented fixed bridges. Having these options you can achieve the optimal aesthetics, function and health you desire.

 

Schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Logue to discuss if dental implants are the best option for you.

Teeth Within A Day

Prior to the introduction of dental implants, patients who were missing numerous teeth were forced to endure the problems associated with removable dental appliances. Today, implant-retained restorations have become an integral part of dental treatment planning. The overwhelming success of this treatment had led to implant restorations being routinely utilized to successfully replace missing teeth and can often be completed within a day.

 

Immediate loading of dental implants is when a temporary crown can be placed on the implant the same day as the implant surgery. This option is available when there is sufficient bone density that is determined at the time of surgery. If the bone density is not sufficient for immediate loading, a temporary removable flipper will be used for aesthetic purposes. Dr. Logue will determine the healing period required, usually six to twelve weeks, prior to placement of the final implant-supported restoration.

 

Dr. Logue’s goal is to provide you with the treatment and healing periods that will give you the best prognosis and not risk implant loss. This is decided on an individual basis taking into account bone density, bone quantity, biting forces, and the type of the final restoration that will be used.

Dental Implants FAQ

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have given countless patients many amazing benefits

 

• Being the closest possible replacement to natural teeth
• Helps to preserve the bone in the jaw
• Removes the need to cut down healthy teeth for a bridge
• Makes the replacement teeth stable for eating and smiling with confidence
• Eliminates the problems associated with ill-fitting partials or dentures
• Improved speech
• Helps maintain the shape of the face

Can my crown be placed the same day as my dental implant surgery?

If there is sufficient bone density, a temporary crown can be placed immediately.

 

See Immediate Loading of Dental Implants for more details.

What might prevent me from being a dental implant candidate?

Medical factors that might prevent a person from being a good candidate for dental implants may include uncontrolled diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, blood disorders, and rare bone disorders. Physical factors such as insufficient or poor quality bone, low sinuses, and nerve bundles would need to be evaluated. Dr. Logue will review your medical history and perform a thorough exam during a consultation visit and discuss all your dental implant options.

Is there an age limitation for dental implants?

As long as a patient is healthy and has sufficient bone quantity and quality, he or she can have a dental implant placed at almost any age. All childhood growth will need to have been completed.

How often do dental implants need to be checked?

The success of your dental implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. Dental cleanings every six months and an annual exam are recommended. Dental hygienists will use special instruments to clean around the dental implants. Good oral hygiene is necessary for long term health. Dr. Logue or your dentist will discuss specific oral hygiene instructions for your individual case.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

No. Dental implant surgery can be done with local anesthetic alone or in combination with intravenous sedation. You will discuss with Dr. Logue what the best option for you is. Patients do extremely well during and after their dental implant surgery.

When can I return to work after dental implant surgery?

Dr. Logue does recommend taking things easy the first couple of days after surgery. Most patients that have surgery on a Friday can return to work on Monday. It is best not to perform hard physical labor or exercise for one week.

Post Operative Instructions for Dental Implants

After your implant surgery, specific instructions will be given to you for your post operative care.

 

The General Guidelines are as follows:

 

Diet: Only soft foods may be consumed during the first week. Consumption of alcoholic beverages should be avoided for two weeks. No smoking is permitted during the healing phase.

 

Sleeping position: Elevated head rest (an extra pillow) should be used during the first two nights after the surgery to reduce swelling.

 

Bleeding: Should bleeding occur at the surgical site, softly bite on a folded piece of gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding (blood oozing from the surgical site) does not stop by doing so, Dr. Logue should be contacted. A small amount of blood in the saliva is normal.

 

Hygiene: No rinsing or spitting for 24 hours after surgery. Starting the day after surgery after each meal, the mouth should be gently rinsed with warm salt water or a prescribed oral rinse.

 

Dentures/Temporaries: Old dentures may not be worn until refitting adjustments (relines) have been done. Insertion of dentures too early may jeopardize a successful healing process. Individual instructions will be given by Dr. Logue based on your type of temporary prosthesis.

 

Swelling: Swelling is normal; it will increase for 2-3 days and then begin to subside. For the first 24 hours, apply ICE for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off, repeat. Do not apply ice directly to the face, wrap ice in a towel or paper towel. Warm moist heat may be used after the first 48 hours.

 

Medications: Use prescribed pain medication and antibiotics as directed. If you have nausea, do not start the prescribed pain medication. In its place you may take 2-3 Advil every 8 hours. Antibiotics may render birth control pills ineffective. Do not drive or operate machinery while taking pain medications.

 

Sinus Precautions: After any procedure involving the upper teeth or jaw:

 

  • No nose blowing
  • No underwater diving
  • No spitting
  • No smoking
  • Sneeze with mouth open
  • No straws

 

Activity: No exercise or physical activity for 1 week after surgery.

 

These are general guidelines for patients who have undergone dental implant surgery. If any particular concerns or question arise, call the office. A doctor is on call 24 hours a day.


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