Dental implants are changing the way people live. They 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, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
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 is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Ringer will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implant Presentation
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Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Ringer is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Ringer performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Dr. Ringer performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth whether its a new situation or something you have lived with for years chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a partial at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
MATTHEW M. KIKUCHI, DMD
Patient Review By Krista K K
I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience with Dr. Kikucki and his staff! Facing the agonizing decision to get a dental implant was very stressful but Dr. Kikucki and staff made every step of the year process seamless and comforting. I never at any point felt concerned or apprehensive about the treatments I was going through or what the final outcome would be. I would ABSOLUTELY 100% recommended Kikucki Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center!!
- Krista K K
Patient Review By Timothy S
Dr. Mathew Kikuchi is absolutely phenomenal. I've never been a fan of going to see an oral surgeon, let's be honest, who does? But let me tell you, I'm so glad my dentist referred me to see him. I had some serious issues with my mouth my dentist didn't dare to touch. Dr. Kikuchi took the time to talk to me, explain very thoroughly the xrays, and answered my array of stupid questions an average doc would simply roll their eyes. He was kind, gentle, and most of all so patient with me. He has a relaxing aura about him that I can't explain. Needless to say, I recommend Dr. Kikuchi and his staff SIX stars if I could!
- Timothy S
Patient Review By Mariam Marvasti
I had a loose and rejected tooth implant which was placed by another oral surgeon 8 years ago!!! Glad I went to Dr. Kikuchi to get it removed since a part was embedded into my jaw bone. He is the most gentle and very knowledgeable oral surgeon that you can find in Las Vegas. Above all he is very honest. I am a physician and I highly recommend Dr. Kikuchi to anyone who needs implants or oral surgery.
- Mariam Marvasti
Patient Review By Rigo M
I would give Dr. Kikuchi and staff 10 stars if available everyone was amazing from check in to check out, My experience was easy going with not difficulties I would highly recommend anyone to this office especially if you are nervous about treatment.
- Rigo M
Patient Review By Jennifer P
Best experience at a dental office EVER! Such a gentle and caring surgeon. I've had all sorts of dental work done before but never have I had a doctor actually take the time to put me at ease before even picking up his tools. I recommend him highly to all my family and friends!
- Jennifer P
Patient Review By Yaundee O
It was a great experience! Everyone was very nice and gentle and might I add it was VERY clean! The doctor was very knowledgeable as well. Everything was super easy and I was in and out, thank you!
- Yaundee O
Patient Review By John D
Great practice, very knowledgeable and comforting.
- John D