Demystifying Dental Implants FAQs
Dr. Kur defines dental implants
Let me first explain what a dental implant isn’t. A common misconception is that an implant is a “fake tooth,” when it is, in fact, a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth within the gum. Secured in the jawbone, dental implants look like screws and are used to anchor crowns, bridgework or dentures, the dental work visible above the gum line. We use titanium, the same metal used in orthopedic joint replacements, because it is lightweight and durable and because titanium fuses to bone. This ability to fuse with bone is essential because when we lose teeth, the bone that supports those teeth is also lost. Dental implants stabilize bone, preventing further loss. In addition to serving as a foundation for crowns and other prostheses, they support the skeletal structure of the face and soft tissue structures including gum tissue, lips and cheeks. Dental implants look completely natural and help you eat, smile, and talk.
When are dental implants advised?
Periodontal disease, failed root canal, tooth decay, dental infections, and accidents are the primary predictors of dental implants. I am also seeing a growing interest in dental implants among baby boomers for cosmetic reasons. In certain circumstances this is a very wise prophylactic strategy to protect against future jawbone and tooth degeneration while contributing to a more youthful appearance.
What happens if there isn’t enough bone to anchor a dental implant?
Sometimes we need to graft bone into the extraction sockets to preserve bone volume required for implant placement. We can also regenerate bone that has been lost, to provide an anchor for the implants. It’s critical that teeth are replaced as quickly as possible because bone needs stimulation to stay healthy. Otherwise, it undergoes “resorption,” the biochemical process in which bone melts away and is no longer supporting or connected to teeth. Dental implants stop this process and preserve the bone.
What can I expect from a standard dental implant procedure?
Dental implants are usually a two-step process in which I place the implant in healthy bone and your general dentist installs a crown. When a molar is involved, typically a tooth is removed and an implant is placed simultaneously. If a bone graft is required, we will place the implant about three months later. Inserting the implant takes about an hour, with general anesthesia/IV sedation, and is performed in the office. After a two-month period of integration between the implant screw and the bone (thanks to the fusing ability of titanium), the patient is then referred to their general dentist for crown placement. When implants are needed in the front of the mouth, I remove the tooth, place the implant and then have your general dentist immediately place a temporary crown. This procedure is routinely performed without an incision and healing is minimal.
What do your patients find most interesting about dental implants?
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
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Dr. Kur extracted my 4 wisdom teeth, and also gave me four implants. Not once did I have any pain after both procedures. He did an amazing job! He and his staff were extremely friendly and very informative the entire time. If you need oral surgery this is the place to go.
Dr. Kur and his staff made my experience truly wonderful. I was in such excruciating pain until I couldn’t function. They performed an emergency extraction on my wisdom tooth. I felt much better after my surgery. The office is clean and very comfortable. Obviously no one wants to have a tooth removed, however, if you need to have this procedure done, then I would definitely recommend this practice.
Dr. Kur is an amazing oral surgeon. I had implant surgery performed & I did not experience any discomfort at all. The surgery and healing process was painless. He made sure I was totally comfortable throughout the surgery. His staff was equally compassionate. Dr. Kur followed up with a phone call in the evening to make sure I was doing well. He is an excellent doctor and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of oral surgery.
Dr. Kur and his staff are fantastic. Unfortunately, my son, age 6, had to have one of his molars removed. Not only did this procedure go extremely well, (and very quick) but there was no complaining of pain afterwards. I would highly recommend Dr. Kur to anyone looking for an Oral Surgeon. Great experience!
Dr. Kur was nice, comforting, and made my extractions & implants as painless as possible. The office staff was equally as pleasant, making the paperwork as effortless as possible and were very welcoming. There is also a good payment plan available if you need it.
I had a very complex oral surgery performed by Dr. Kur. I was very anxious about having the work done, but quickly relieved after speaking with Dr. Kur and his staff. I could not be more pleased with Dr. Kur. He took the time to explain everything to me in detail before performing the many steps of my treatment. Along the way, he and his staff assisted me with all my questions and concerns. I am very happy with the outcome. Dr. Kur is extremely proficient and professional and I strongly recommend him as he is “the best of the best!”
When you’re not feeling well, (your tooth is throbbing in pain) and unexpectedly need surgery, this is the place to go to. From the caring office team, and staff, Dr.Kur’s expertise and care for his patients in insurmountable. Dr. Kur did everything possible and succeeded in saving my tooth from being extracted.
Dr. Kur removed all four of my daughters wisdom teeth. The entire process was stress free. Dr. Kur and his staff were wonderful.
Dr. Kur is an amazing oral surgeon. He pulled one tooth and put in 2 implants. Mindful of my pain and my comfort, he reminded me of an artist enjoying his craft. As for his staff, nothing short of top notch. Professional and courteous. This is my oral surgeon forever!! As a matter of fact I am scheduled for more work in the near future. I would refer anyone who needs work done.