A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
When the root of a natural tooth is missing for an extended period of time, the jawbone under the missing teeth atrophies (diminution of the bone in the size of a cell and tissue) or is reabsorbed. This often leaves the jawbone with insufficient quantity and quality of bone suitable for supporting the implant. When a titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set, the bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing.
Conventionally, the implant site is prepared by a flap procedure, which involves cutting and pulling back the gum to expose the bony rim of the jaw to drill for and place the implant. Once the implant is firmly set in place, the dentist attaches the replacement tooth onto the top of the titanium shaft.
In most cases, patients have been missing their tooth for a long period of time and have moderate to severe cases of bone loss, and the bone does not have the sufficient thickness or the height to undergo a drill and support an implant. In these cases the patient has to undergo a block bone graft surgery, where a block of bone is taken from his or her ribs, hip, chin, ramus, or cadaver bone and screwed to the jawbone to create a thicker and more stable platform to drill for the implant to be placed.
In order to preserve the vascular supply and existing shape of the soft tissues, Dr. Kanani performs dental implant procedure without flap elevation and exposure of the bony tissues. Flap-less implant procedure has shown less bone morbidity and eliminates the chances of swelling and significant pain to the patient post surgery.
To place the dental implant, in most cases, rather then drilling out the jawbone and leaving it with a thin wall on either side to house and support the implant, Dr. Kanani used a drill-less technique. By utilizing a series of instruments made for expanding the bone. Through this extremely technique sensitive procedure and creating a wedge in the bone, a pocket is formed to place in the Tatum implant. Without drilling and losing any bone tissue, instead of leaving the jaw with an even thinner wall, Dr. Kanani is able to condense the outer bone into a thicker wall of bone creating more support for the life of the implant.
The flap-less and drill-less dental implant surgery allows a faster healing with less post-up surgery complication for the patient. In most cases Dr. Kanani is able to treat his patients without performing a block bone graft, and saving his patients the extra surgery that takes 6 months to heal and additional dental implant cost of $3,000 to $4,000.
In addition to replacing individual tooth or teeth, implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages:
We also offer mini dental implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants, they are used mainly to stabilize lower dentures. These implants can be placed in one appointment and be immediately used. The cost is 50-70% of standard dental implants. Call for a free consultation.