restore comfort, function, and the appearance of your smile
Bloomington Oral Surgery has made dental implants a cornerstone of our practice. Each year, our surgeons replace hundreds of damaged and missing teeth with natural-looking, durable restorations. We also use the treatment to improve the fit and function of dentures.
Patients choose Bloomington Oral Surgery for dental implants because we:
- Are specialists with years of practice in the procedure.
- Have resources that make the experience convenient, safe, and
- Have training on IV SEDATION.
- Participate in ongoing skill development and leadership in implant techniques.
As a patient, you will receive care from our specialists in oral surgery as well as your restorative dentist. The Bloomington Oral Surgery implant center will coordinate your appointments so that you have both quality treatment and the most convenient experience possible.
The Purpose of Dental Implants
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root. Positioned within the jaw and below the gum line, the implant connects to a single crown, a set of crowns, dentures, or a custom framework that supports a full arch of teeth.
A dental implant is often more durable than other restorations because it rebuilds the tooth from the root up. Alternatives such as bridges rely on reshaping and connecting to adjacent teeth. This can diminish the strength of the teeth and lead to future dental treatments. As a result, dental implants may be more cost-effective over the long term.
The treatment also helps to conserve bone, which may otherwise erode and create a gap between the gums and the new tooth. As a result, dental implants promote a more natural and aesthetically appealing appearance. Many of the patients treated by Dr. Timothy J. Devitt and Dr. Charles G. Abraham say that family and friends couldn’t tell the difference between the restoration and their natural teeth.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
- You are missing a tooth or several teeth
- You have teeth that require extraction
- Your dentures are not working well or fitting comfortably
- You prefer a solution that is long-lasting, natural-looking, and fully functional
Dental Implant Process
All implant placement surgeries at Bloomington Oral Surgery begin with an initial consultation and examination. An in-depth evaluation of your oral health will determine your candidacy for dental implants and the most appropriate type of restoration for the implants.
In some cases, damaged teeth will be removed to make space for the implant in the jaw, and a bone graft will be placed to make the jaw bone strong enough to support the implant.
Small incisions are made to place each implant directly into the gums and jawbone.
Over a period of 8 – 12 weeks, the surgical site is allowed to heal, and the implant can fuse with surrounding jaw bone tissue.
After Dr. Devitt or Dr. Abraham have monitored your healing and are satisfied with giving clearance to your General Dentist to restore the implant with a tooth- this process looks different depending on what your General Dentist prefers. (IE: Digital scan VS Traditional Impressions)
Approach to Dental Implants
Start by scheduling an appointment with our practice. During your visit, your surgeon will assess the area of concern and evaluate your needs. For example, if you have lost a tooth recently and require a replacement, your treatment will differ from a patient who has had a missing tooth for multiple years and may have experienced bone loss.
Following your assessment, your oral surgeon will prepare an individualized treatment plan and share the timeline for your care. Our practice believes that specialists in each area should perform your dental work to provide the optimal outcome, which is why:
- Our specialists in oral and maxillofacial procedures will plan and place your dental implants.
- Your restorative dentist will fabricate and attach the new teeth or dentures.
- The implant center will coordinate each visit and be your single point of contact.
What to Expect with Dental Implants Placement
Patients treated in our Bloomington and Martinsville facilities may have several different treatments as part of their dental implant procedure, including:
- Extraction of existing teeth
- Bone Grafting to strengthen the implant sites if needed
- Placement of the dental implants
Whether and when you receive these treatments will depend on your needs. For example, some patients lack the bone tissue to support implants and require extensive grafts that will need time to heal. However, in many cases, Bloomington Oral Surgery can extract teeth, add grafts, and place dental implants in a single visit.
Before you receive dental implants, the oral surgeons at Bloomington Oral Surgery will use 3D modeling to plan their placement. Your oral surgeon will duplicate the model’s position, depth, and other features in the surgery. This precision leads to longer-lasting, more natural-looking outcomes.
During the procedure to place your dental implants:
You will receive safe and monitored anesthesia.
Our surgeons are skilled in multiple anesthetic protocols and will keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. Anesthesia services are offered at our Bloomington location.
Your oral surgeon can replace as few or as many teeth as necessary.
Even patients who are restoring the entire arch of teeth may only require 4-6 implants (“All-on-4®“).
You’ll never have to go without teeth.
We will attach a healing cap or a temporary set of teeth to the dental implants.
Expect to return to our practice for us to monitor your healing intermittently after your implant procedure. At the final appointment, your oral surgeon will give clearance for your implant to be restored. Do not worry, we will help you with scheduling all appointments associated with your dental implant whether it be with us at Bloomington Oral Surgery or at your General Dentists office. When these restorations are ready, your restorative dentist will connect them to the dental implants, completing the treatment.
If your dentures do not fit comfortably, strategically placed dental implants can create a better connection between them and your gums and eliminate the need for denture adhesives.
In this approach, your oral surgeon will place implants in the lower or upper jaw, and these will attach to the dentures. The procedure will depend on your needs and preferences:
- You may require bone grafting to add strength and stability to the area receiving implants.
- In the upper arch, your oral surgeon will place four or more implants. In the lower arch, you will receive two or more dental implants.
- Patients typically choose either snap-on adapters that retain the dentures or milled bars that add stability and strength to the denture.
The process and treatment schedule are similar to those of standard dental implants. You’ll return for follow-up visits at our Bloomington office. Our office will also coordinate with your restorative dentist in the creation of your new dentures, which he or she will attach during your final appointment. As a result of the procedure, you can expect a more stable bite, a better fit, and a natural-looking smile.
The advantages of dental implants.
A Natural Look and Feel
Since implant-supported restorations replace the entire structure of your tooth, they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth for improved comfort and aesthetics.
Enhancing Oral Health
By replacing the roots of your tooth, instead of just the crown, implants stimulate the jaw and prevent the tissue deterioration associated with tooth loss.
While all restorations will experience normal wear and tear, implant-supported restorations typically require fewer replacements than traditional options. In addition, the implant posts can last a lifetime with proper care.
Implants fuse with the tissue in your jawbone, creating a strong, sturdy bond. This process allows you to eat with confidence and enjoy all your favorite foods again.