What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the dental implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the dental implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Eichner, Dr. Smiga, Dr. Davies and Dr. Robertson are able to place single stage implants. These dental 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 dental implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Eichner, Smiga, Davies and Robertson perform the actual dental 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 dental implant process.
Call us today at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery Shadyside Phone Number 412-661-7690 with any questions about Dental Implants or to schedule an appointment with Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, PC.
Dental Implants Reviews
Pittsburgh Oral Surgery, PC
I have been a patient at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery for a number of year and for a number of implants. Without exception, my treatment, both as a patient and as a person, has been courteous, caring and professional. I have never experienced any discomfort during or following my numerous implants. The day after each procedure I have been called by the surgeon who is checking on my well being. I would recommend this practice, and especially, Sarah Davies, with
- Patricia E
Everyone seems to care about me here
- Audra D
I would highly recommend all of the doctors here at Pittsburgh Oral Surgery. I had a dental implant placed by Dr. Sarah Davies. I was very anxious going into this and one of the front staff employees (Amanda) came back and held my hand while getting the local anesthetic. Best care I’ve ever had; little to no pain at all while recovering.
- Cassandra T
Everything was great
- JERRY K
Doctor Davies and her staff are exceptional. Going to the dentist or oral surgeon is always an anxious and scary experience but the staff makes you feel comfortable. Doctor Sarah Davies is an amazing oral surgeon that cares abour her patients. I've had to see Dr. Davies several times and every experience has been the same.......EXCELLENT!!!! I highly recommend Dr. Davies to any one in need of oral surgery. You will not be disappointed!!!
- Diann K
The one thing that stands out and makes Dr. Eichner different from the rest is that he actually phoned me himself the day after my surgery to make sure that I was well, to ask if I needed anything and to answer any questions that I had. He was genuinely kind and made me feel that he was committed to my well being and recovery. Such a rarity these days to have a surgeon actually contact you at home himself to follow up after a procedure. He was the perfect gentleman and expert surgeon
- Carol C
Dr. Smiga is compassionate, kind and a clinical expert. I always feel very safe and confident in his care.
- Timothy H
I had a wonderful experience at the Monroeville and Shadyside and Mt.Lebanon office, I was treated with respect and professionalism the entire 6 months of being treated there. Seemed to be a procedure something so frightening and painful , yet Dr. Smiga and his wonderful staff made it so painless for me. I have spread your name to my large Italian family to only go be treated by Dr. Smiga and his staff. I thank my relative and my Dentist Dr.Bucci for referring me to you. I had all of my restoration completed on my teeth on Saturday 7-23-2016 it has been so worth it . I have a priceless porcelain smile. WOW !!! Thank for all of your patience and always answering, my millions of question's!
- Gracey D