Dental Implants

Replace a missing tooth

The Dental Implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth for nearly every patient. There are many advantages to replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant over a bridge or partial. They include:

  1. Looks and feels like a natural tooth
  2. Having the best longevity (should last the rest of your life)
  3. Ability to floss around it (like a natural tooth)
  4. No special dental tools needed to clean them
What is commonly referred to as a dental implant consists of three parts: the implant body, the implant abutment, and the implant crown.
  1. The Implant Body is the “screw” that is surgically implanted into the bone. It is made out of medical-grade titanium, like that used in pins and screws for broken bones. The implant body is meant to mimic the root of a natural tooth, and replace it as close as possible in size, shape, and placement in the bone in relation to the tooth previously there. The top of the implant body sits at the level of the bone, so that it can heal, undisturbed, underneath the gum tissue. Our patients here at Silvestro Family Dental are always quite surprised in how easy the implant-placement surgery went.
  2. The Implant Abutment is the “post” that gets inserted into the internal threads of the implant body. Its purpose is to connect to the implant body (completely submerged in the bone) to the crown, by rising through the gum tissue into the mouth.
  3. The Implant Crown is the crown that gets cemented onto the implant abutment. It is made to look and feel as natural as a real tooth.

    (back)

Implant-Retained Dentures

The best innovation that has ever happened with dentures is the evolution of dental implants to help retain and support them. Patients can now enjoy food that they have avoided for years and be able to speak freely, without having to worry about their dentures falling out! Implant retained dentures can be made for a patient who is receiving his/her first-ever pair of dentures or for a patient using his/her existing set of dentures. Our patients here at Silvestro Family Dental have a life-changing experience when they receive their implant retained dentures.

  1. Patients with an existing denture:
    After a consultation with Dr. Silvestro, an appointment will be scheduled to place between 2 and 6 implants, depending on the situation. On the day of surgery are placed surgically into the jawbone. During the 2-3 month healing process, the denture can be worn as normal. After healing is complete, Dr. Silvestro will retrofit the denture to attach it to the implants. The denture can still be taken in and out as before, but it will now “snap” into place. The attachments used to accomplish this are called Locator Attachments, which mimic the snap that is used for denim pants. Locator Attachments are very successful in holding dentures in place while eating and speaking.

  2. Patients who are to receive their first-ever denture:
    After thorough diagnosis, impressions are taken of a patient’s existing failing teeth. Our lab will expertly craft a set of dentures based on the patient’s wishes. On the day of surgery, Dr. Silvestro will remove all of the patient’s teeth, and, on the same visit, place between 2 and 6 implants into the jawbone. During the 2-3 month healing process, the denture can be worn as normal. After healing is complete, Dr. Silvestro will retrofit the denture to attach it to the implants. The denture can still be taken in and out as before, but it will now “snap” into place. The attachments used to accomplish this are called Locator Attachments, which mimic the snap that is used for denim pants. Locator Attachments are very successful in holding dentures in place while eating and speaking.

    (back)

Implant-Retained Partials

Conventional partials are known for the unsightly metal clasps that clamp on some of the patient’s remaining teeth to hold in place. Most patients are unhappy that these clasps can be seen every time he/she speaks or smiles. Using implants to secure the partial instead, the unsightly metal clasps can be removed to make a very esthetic partial with even better retention than a conventional partial.

  1. Patients with an existing partial denture:
    After a consultation with Dr. Silvestro, an appointment will be scheduled to place between 2 and 6 implants, depending on the situation. On the day of surgery are placed surgically into the jawbone. During the 2-3 month healing process, the partial can be worn as normal. After healing is complete, Dr. Silvestro will retrofit the partial to attach it to the implants, and remove those unsightly metal clasps. The partial can still be taken in and out as before, but it will now “snap” into place. The attachments used to accomplish this are called Locator Attachments, which mimic the snap that is used for denim pants. Locator Attachments are very successful in holding partials and dentures in place while eating and speaking.

  2. Patients who are to receive their first-ever partial denture:
    After thorough diagnosis, impressions are taken of a patient’s existing teeth. Our lab will expertly craft a set of partials based on the patient’s wishes. On the day of surgery, Dr. Silvestro will remove the patient’s bad teeth, and, on the same visit, place between 2 and 6 implants into the jawbone. During the 2-3 month healing process, the partial can be worn as normal. After healing is complete, Dr. Silvestro will retrofit the partial to attach it to the implants, and remove those unsightly metal clasps. The partial can still be taken in and out as before, but it will now “snap” into place. The attachments used to accomplish this are called Locator Attachments, which mimic the snap that is used for denim pants. Locator Attachments are very successful in holding partials and dentures in place while eating and speaking.

    (back)