Your dental implants should be placed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS), Dr. Matthew Hilmi, has the advanced specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles, and nerves involved, to ensure you get the best possible results in your dental implant case. Dr. Matthew Hilmi has been placing dental implants for over two decades; he has successfully treated thousands of implant cases during that period.
Dental implants are a permanent and aesthetic solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like dental bridges because adjacent teeth do not need to be "prepared" to place the new tooth.
The completed implant process is performed over the course of several months. The first part of the process is to insert the implant itself, where a "screw" is placed into the jawbone. An incision is made in the gum tissue so that the implant can be placed securely. Several implants might be placed at once depending on your treatment plan. After the implants are placed the gums tissues are sutured (stitched).
The implant must be allowed about three to six months to heal, and during this time the jawbone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time your dentist can place temporary crowns so that you can eat, speak, and confidently smile.
After the implant has healed, it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression is taken to help in the fabrication of your permanent restoration. Some of the general dental offices Dr. Hilmi works with have on-site technology that allows the restoration to be created rapidly. After fabrication, your crown will be permanently cemented. After a brief period of getting used to the implant(s) they will feel just like one of your natural teeth.
TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Several company’s manufacturer dental implants. Dentists have many options for identifying the right treatment for specific patient needs. Our referring dentists are well versed in the use of most dental implant systems.
Dental implants are categorized based on the type of surgery used to place them: two-stage or single stage.
Two-Stage Implants: A two-stage procedure involves surgery to place the implant into the jawbone and close (stitch) the gum tissue. Months after healing, a minor surgery is performed to affix an abutment and temporary crown or bridge.
Endosteal (Endosseous) Implants: Placed in the jawbone, endosteal implants are the most used type for two-stage implant procedures. Placed as an alternative to a bridge or denture, endosteal implants include screw types (threaded) most commonly, cylinder types (smooth), or bladed types.
Single-Stage Dental Implants: A single-stage procedure involves surgically placing a longer implant into the jaw, so it is on the jawbone, level with the gum tissue. The gum tissue is then closed (sutured), leaving the implant head exposed. After several months of healing, the abutment and temporary restoration can be attached without the need for further surgery to expose the head.
Subperiosteal Implants: Placed on the jawbone within the gum tissue, with the metal implant post exposed to hold the restoration, subperiosteal implants are the most used type for single-stage dental implant procedures. Subperiosteal implants are primarily used to hold dentures in place in patients with deficient bone height.
Computer-Guided Dental Implant Placement
Modern technology makes it possible for more people to take advantage of dental implant surgery. Computer-guided dental implant placement uses advanced technology to allow expertly trained oral surgeons, such as Dr. Matthew Hilmi, to precisely place new teeth for patients. Our technique offers several benefits for any patient who is considering dental implants as the option for replacing missing teeth.
Conventional Dental Implant Surgery -VS- Computer-Guided Implant Surgery
Most oral and maxillofacial surgeons are typically trained to perform tooth implant placement without the aid of a computer guide. This conventional method would often require more time, processes, and incisions to complete the work.
With computer-guided implant technology, oral maxillofacial surgeons can place the implant in a precise location. Advanced equipment and screens provide Dr. Matthew Hilmi, the information to clearly visualize available bone and surrounding soft tissues so that he can safely and accurately place dental implants. With such advanced technology, more of his patients can now receive implants as an option compared to traditional methods. This is especially the case for patients who need multiple dental implants.
What are the Benefits of Guided Implants?
Computer-guided implant placement allows the trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon to make smaller, precise, and cleaner incisions, which is beneficial to the patient.
Smaller incisions ultimately help our patients recover from surgery much faster, often with fewer complications.
Additionally, surgeons can create accurate treatment plans and make more precise implant placements due to cone beam CT scans; reducing the risk of complications and implant failure, while also allowing the procedure to go somewhat faster.
Computer-guided implants open the option to patients who in the past may have not been considered good candidates. For instance, certain patients who have a bone volume or structural issue can now benefit.
Guided technology accurately shows the patient’s jawbone, soft tissue locations, root anatomy, and tissue thickness. Consequently, oral surgeons can place implants knowing that the chances of unexpected surgical events are reduced and that a visual plan of action and safety measures are in place.
How Does Guided Surgery Work?
Most dental implant surgery should begin with a computed tomography (CT) image of the patient’s dental arch. The technology then creates an overlay that includes the new dental implants. This allows trained oral surgeons to visualize and manipulate images of a patient’s jawbone and surrounding tissues to place the implants in their exact locations.
Computer-guided surgery ultimately enables certified oral surgeons the ability to plan the most accurate treatment approach. At the same time, patients can experience fewer complications, faster recovery times, and a fantastic smile.
Why Do Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Choose This Procedure?
Computer-guided dental implant placement is relatively new and continues to gain traction as a viable option for many dental patients. Many oral maxillofacial surgeons view the procedure as one of the safest and most accurate surgical options. Overall, it allows oral and maxillofacial surgeons the ability to better handle otherwise difficult implant placements.
Modern dental implant technology has made it possible for more people than ever to take advantage of tooth implant options. Computer-guided placements now make it very possible for many people to restore their smile and with fewer complications. For appointments and information, give us a call at (845)340-1962
OVERALL ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental Implants look and feel like your own teeth. They are permanent and have excellent aesthetic appeal.
Improved speech, because the dental implants are integrated with the bone, and will not move around or slip
Improved eating i.e., chewing. Dental implants are solidly affixed to your jawbone, allowing you to eat with confidence.
Improved self-confidence. You can smile again, and your self-esteem and self-confidence will improve
Preservation of tooth structure. Compared to bridges nearby teeth do not need to be altered.
Most implants can last a lifetime with good care, unlike tooth-based dental bridges
Dr. Matthew Hilmi and his staff are available to discuss dental implants as an option in your overall treatment plan.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM OUR ORAL SURGEON
1. RADIOGRAPHS (X-RAYS)
Our oral surgeon needs X-rays to help in the evaluation of your case. X-rays, panoramic X-rays, or a 3D CT scan (CBCT) will be used to evaluate anatomy and assess the condition of your bone and gum condition.
We will need to take an impression of your mouth, which will help provide a model of your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. This will help Dr. Hilmi in his evaluation for your implants.
3. TOOTH EXTRACTION
If the tooth in question still exists, it will need to be removed. Often, the tooth extraction will be done at the same time as the implant placement. Dr. Hilmi will discuss, in-depth, the nature of your procedure and the choices of anesthetics to be used beforehand.
4. IMPLANT PLACEMENT
After your tooth is extracted, the doctor will painlessly place a small cylindrical space in your jawbone-you will feel pressure. Occasionally the doctor may need to create an incision in your gum tissue to expose the bone, in which case a few stitches will be necessary to cover the dental implant. The implant will serve as the root for your new tooth.
Depending on the clinical condition of your jaw, a bone graft may be necessary. This can be done with artificial bone materials and is usually an amazingly simple procedure.
**Expect to be at this appointment for approximately two hours.
**Your diet and other postoperative instructions will be reviewed, and details will be emphasized throughout the healing process.
We are the regional experts in evaluating and treating patients seeking dental implants as part of an overall health care treatment plan. Feel free to contact us for advice on the dental implant services available through our practice.