What are dental implants?
Implants are metal (titanium) posts (roots) that are surgically implanted beneath your gums and fused to the jawbone, acting as artificial roots. Replacement teeth, either single or multiple teeth with crowns, bridges or over-dentures, are then put into position (fixed) to the implant(s).
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dentures, bridges or single teeth mounted to the implants won't slip or shift, which is especially important for you when eating and speaking. The confidence you'll feel and secure fit is because these teeth are stronger and more natural than conventional bridges or dentures. People discover the stability of implant supported dentures as they are more comfortable than removable dentures. There is a well-researched positive psychological impact on a patient's self-esteem and self-confidence that more than 90% of implant patients experience.
Am I a candidate for implants?
You'll need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of implants. Implant placement can involve more than one minor surgery, so candidates must be in overall good or stable health. Few people are not able to have dental implants even with their general health conditions and the amount of remaining jaw bone in mind. Most people are candidates especially those with significant bone loss, the elderly, and people with controlled health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
How do I know if implants are right for me?
First, talk to your dentist, since they are familiar with your current/historical oral health and will help you to determine whether dental implants are an option for you. The dentist may gather additional information by taking dental X-rays or making models of your teeth. This information will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will then consult with Dr. Kammeyer as to the options you have for your situation.
Who should I turn to for implants?
Dr. Kammeyer has been placing dental implants since 1985 and has a three year Master's Degree in implant dentistry from the prestigious Loma Linda University. Dr. Kammeyer is considered an expert in the preparation and placement of implants. By limiting his practice to implants and the surgery associated with them, Dr. Kammeyer is uniquely qualified to answer any questions you may have about implants. Rarely do surgeons limit their practice to dental implant surgery. This is a huge benefit to you.
What are the steps involved?
Once it's determined by your dental team that the implants are the way for you to go, the first step is to have Dr. Kammeyer surgically place the implant (anchor). After a bone healing period, the next step is to affix the artificial teeth (or tooth) in place. This is a comfortable procedure and often transitional teeth can be attached to the implants the day of placement (immediate teeth/immediate loading/teeth-within-a-day). Regular dental visits will be needed to make sure your implants and replacement teeth are working properly.
How comfortable are the procedures?
Patients routinely tell Dr. Kammeyer and his team that having the implants placed was much easier than having teeth removed. They regularly compliment them on how gifted they are at helping people emotionally through the surgical care they provide. This is another key distinction that sets Dr. Kammeyer's practice apart from others. He and several team members have had implants and bone regeneration as well, so they understand firsthand what patients experience with these treatments. They have a strong commitment to helping patients feel safe and secure at all times during treatment.
Will I be without replacement teeth at any time?
No, with traditional treatment methods we immediately give you removable temporary teeth, which give you acceptable aesthetics and minimal function while the bone heals. With immediate loading, you will receive temporary fixed replacement teeth that are close to the final result.
Will my new implants be as strong as natural teeth?
Yes, they may even be stronger, depending on your current condition. Compared to removable teeth, implanted teeth have better chewing efficiency and comfort which makes it possible for you to eat your favorite foods again.