Dental Implants are the state of the art in permanent tooth replacement. As a doctor, there are very few things more gratifying than replacing a part of someone’s body in a way they are unable to distinguish from the original equipment!
- Dr. Holtzen -
Natural looking and functional dental implants
Are you struggling with a missing or damaged tooth due to an accident, gum disease or tooth decay? Or are you looking for an alternative to a dental bridge or partial dentures? Dental implants offer a long-term solution to many of these issues, returning your smile’s appearance, feel, and health.
Dental implants, as a whole, have a success rate well above 90 percent. Our implant success rate is 97 percent.
At our Surgical Arts Centre, we are dedicated to giving natural-looking and functional teeth to people of all ages and with widely varying dental histories. We are committed to providing the best dental implant care to our patients, from utilizing innovative technology and techniques to going out of our way to make our patients feel safe, cared for, and comfortable.
Process and Procedure
The process of dental implants depends on many factors, including your medical history, your jawbone health, and your implant needs. While the below overview of the process is accurate for many patients, talk to our surgeons to find out more about the timeline and details of your own dental implant process. In some cases, dental implants can be achieved in a just a few visits. In other cases, implants may take a series of months.
• Consultation. You will have a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons, who will examine your teeth, take a detailed history of your health, and answer any and all questions about dental implants. At this time, the doctor will outline a treatment plan that works best for you.
• Possible bone augmentation. The need and utilization of bone grafting has shrunk significantly in recent years, but a minority of patients may require bone augmentation to support their implant or implants. Your surgeon will let you know if you need this procedure.
• Implantation. The dental implant is placed into the bone at the location of the root of the missing tooth. This will act as the root of the new tooth. Depending on which tooth is being replaced and the quality of your bone, you may get a tooth placed on the implant immediately, or the implant may need to heal for a period of time first.
• Crown placement. After your implant has successfully integrated into your bone and healed, a temporary crown followed by a permanent crown will be placed on the implant. The crown will either be cemented or screwed into place, creating a tooth that looks and feels just like your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell that you have a dental implant.
Recovery and After Surgery
You may feel some discomfort and need time to recover after surgery. Although most patients report very little post-surgical discomfort, it is normal to experience some swelling, soreness, bleeding, and bruising after certain stages in the process. During these recovery periods, you may need to eat a diet of soft food for 7 to 10 days. Once your implantation process is complete and your new tooth or teeth are fully integrated, you can enjoy the freedom of eating, smiling, and speaking with ease.
At the Surgical Arts Centre, we have a dental implant rate of 97 percent. For certain implant procedures, the success level is even higher. As with natural teeth, the long term success of your implants depends upon you and your dentist. You can keep you dental implants healthy and looking great by frequently visiting your dentist, practicing careful dental hygiene, and avoiding harmful behavior, including using tobacco products.
Dr. Holtzen is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and as well as by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He is constantly looking for ways to improve patient procedures and was one of the first doctors to provide All-On-4 dental implants as an option for patients.
Learn more about Dr. Holtzen’s education, training, and philosophy as a doctor.
Start the dental implant process today
Living with missing or damaged teeth can make everyday life painful, embarrassing, and generally difficult. Dental implants are a solution that has given millions of people a functional, full, and comfortable set of teeth. They will look and feel natural, all while improving your overall oral health and jaw health.
Find out if you are an ideal candidate for a dental implant – or just get your dental implant questions answered by an experienced doctor.