Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your dentist will uncover the implants and attach a small healing abutment. Then, your dentist will make an impression and begin making your new teeth. In addition, posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Dental implants are changing the way people live. With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a comprehensive dental examination with proper radiographs and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by our doctor and specialist. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Bone Grafting using Platelet Rich Fibrin
PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) or CGF (Concentrated Growth Factor) is grafting material of choice during dental implant procedure or socket preservation after extraction at iLove Dental. It is extremely effective, beneficial (cuts the healing time in half, minimizes infection etc) and safe because it is made from patients’ very own blood thus making it 100% natural. PRF or CGF is 100% autogenous and is derived 100% from the patient’s blood.
It is a simple chair-side procedure where the patient's blood is taken into several tubes, then spun down into a serum with white blood cells and healing properties. PRF/CGF is used as perfect grafting matrix instigating dense, healthy and incredibly robust bone growth, which is the goal of a bone or any tissue graft.
The centrifuge procedure results in the production of a thin, compressed layer of Fibrin that is strong, pliable and suitable for suturing. This natural Fibrin network is rich in platelets, growth factors, cytokines that are all derived from the blood platelets and leukocytes. The presence of these proteins have been reported to produce rapid healing, especially during the first seven (7) days after placement. This network promotes more efficient cell migration and proliferation without chemical or bovine thrombin additives. The PRF/CGF have been very well studied and documented for many years. In our experience Dr.Kim’s patients typically only need a mild pain reducer such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen afterwards if they have had a dental bone graft with PRF/CGF procedure.
3D-Imaging and Scan
We believe that digital dentistry provides us with predictability with precision and accuracy. It helps us perform minimally-invasive dental procedures by eliminating guess work. By incorporating the state-of-the-art dental technology such as digital scan and 3D imaging, we can achieve better long-term solutions in additional to increasing patient comfort.