Dental Implants Louisville, KY
If you have lost one or more teeth for any reason, there is hope. 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 and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to make replacement teeth look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The dental implant itself is a tiny titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as the support to prosthetic teeth, securing them firmly, like a natural tooth. The bone and the titanium heal around each other which prevents the anchor and tooth from moving.
Dental implants do more than just help you eat, help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we will be sure to walk you through everything you should consider when making this choice. We will make sure you are a good candidate for dental implants, that you understand the entire process start to finish and that all your questions are answered.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for dental implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
What Types of Prostheses are Available?
Dental Implant: A dental implant is a tooth replacement technique that uses an anchor to hold the prosthetic tooth. It involves surgical procedures and is used most often when there is not enough natural tooth to adfix a prosthetic to. It is not removable, however, the prosthetic tooth attached to the anchor can be replaced if necessary.
Crown: A crown, or sometimes called a cap, is a single prosthesis that can either be cemented over a portion of a natural tooth, or onto an implant anchor. It is not removable and used to replace just one missing tooth.
Bridge: A bridge is typically used to replace two or more missing teeth. It can be cemented over a portion of natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap. It is not removable and the replacement tooth is attached to the surrounding teeth, not the jawbone.
Denture: A denture is a single prosthetic that replaces all of your teeth. It fits over the gums and is removable.
Partial Denture: A partial denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces one or more teeth by connecting the replacement tooth / teeth to a device that fits in your mouth and holds the tooth in place while it is in your mouth.
Fixed Denture: A fixed denture is a single prosthetic that replaces all of your teeth, but is attached to implant anchor to prevents it from being removed.
We perform the majority of our implant surgery in office. Occasionally, if a patient has special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia surgeries will be performed at a hospital.
KAVO OP-3D Scanner
The KAVO OP-3D Scanner is a new technology offered by our practice, which provides in-office state-of-the-art imaging to allow for optimal accuracy when placing your dental implants. The KAVO OP-3D scanner will expose you to significantly less radiation than a traditional CT scanner, and scans in less than 15 seconds! High-definition three-dimensional images are produced in under a minute, which allows us to place your data directly into our dental implant-planning software, and begin the process of providing you with new teeth.