What are implants?
Dental implants, simply stated, are biocompatible artificial roots that are placed into the upper and/or lower jaw bones by our surgical colleagues (periodontists – gum/bone specialists or oral surgeons). The “teeth” or implant crowns are subsequently attached to the implants via precise components by our prosthodontists to restore and improve patients’ appearance, smile and function.
Implants can replace a single missing tooth or a group of missing teeth. They can also be a prosthetic option for patients with full or partial removable dentures.
Examination, diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment implementation necessitates several visits spaced out over weeks and months. This is because there is healing time involved, as well as, technical and aesthetic procedures performed. The implant placement will be worked out carefully by our prosthodontists, the surgeon, and laboratories involved. Our administrative staff will facilitate scheduling with you. During the healing phase a provisional restoration, (tooth, bridge, or denture) may be utilized depending on the needs and desires of our patients and their unique situations.
Ongoing care, maintenance, and oral hygiene will be scheduled at the conclusion of the process to aid in the longevity of the implants, restorations, and overall oral health care.
Are implants for you?
A patient must have adequate bone in the jaw site to support the implant(s). Good oral health, healthy gums, and sufficient bone structure are important, as is having a stable bite. Any remaining teeth should also have decay under control.
Let Drs. Best, Traina, Chang and Saba evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw to asses if you are a candidate for dental implants in Portland, Maine.
Please do not hesitate to inquire about implants, treatment, scheduling, and payment options by calling 207-775-6348. The staff at Prosthodontics Associates, P.A. are here to answer any questions and facilitate your treatment.