What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts (usually made of titanium) that replace the root portion of missing teeth. The extraction of the tooth, if necessary, as well as the surgical placement of the dental implants, are performed by an oral surgeon, while the crown or tooth portion that sits on top of the implant is placed by a dentist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a reliable method of replacing missing teeth and, unlike dentures, are a permanent solution that won’t require adjustments if your mouth shifts over time. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances and eliminate the need for any tooth structure removal that is needed for a fixed partial denture (bridge). Dental implants are also very durable, and they will last for many years. On occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear, but the benefits of having a restored smile make the occasional maintenance worthwhile.
What Dental Implants Can Do For You
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable
What to Expect with Dental Implantation Surgery
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. This part of your treatment will be completed by your general dentist. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
Robot-Assisted Dental Implantation Surgery
Our surgeons at Eastern Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery use Yomi®, a new alternative to traditional surgical techniques that provides dental surgeons with robotic guidance during surgery.
If Yomi is right for you, your dental team will create a custom treatment plan. This plan will be made using Yomi® software. During surgery, Yomi will assist your surgeon. Yomi® will provide important information that your surgeon can feel, hear and see. Yomi® will guide your surgeon to place your implant precisely to plan.
Yomi® is the first and only FDA-cleared robot-assisted dental surgery system, designed to provide assistance to the surgeon in planning and placing dental implants. This helps your surgeon place your implant precisely for a natural look and feel. Yomi allows your surgeon to quickly make changes to your surgical plan, which makes the treatment easier for both you and your surgeon. Yomi® may also allow for less invasive dental implant surgery. Yomi® is not indicated for patients with no teeth.