Dental Implant Placement
A long-lasting choice, implant-supported dentistry brings you as close to growing new teeth as possible. Expertly placed in the same bone that once supported teeth, you’ll often enjoy the strength and function of nature. Modern porcelains produce a life-like result that may leave you completely unaware that they aren’t your natural teeth. An excellent choice for one or more missing teeth, dentures can also be attached to implants. The stability and sense of confidence you develop with implants will leave you pleasantly surprised.
A custom road map for your return to full dental function when incorporating implants must guide the way. Dr. Hekkert calls upon the best technology available to help them plan your restorative case. Digital x-rays, 3D mapping, models, photographs and case guides prove valuable. Dr. Hekkert uses highly regarded specialists as needed to bring the components of your case together. But at all times, he serve as the quarterback of the entire plan.
Many patients find the procedure of implant placement easier than they anticipated. Various types of sedation may fit your comfort level best, so feel free to discuss them with Dr. Hekkert. Modern dental anesthetic numbs the site, and experienced hands carefully place the implant. A tiny guide hole provides a path for threading a small implant cylinder into place. The sterile piece settles into a precise location, and a smooth cover protects the implant during the healing period.
In some cases, a temporary or permanent crown may be inserted at the time of surgery. Cases involving multiple implants often proceed the same way, with more temporary options available so you can smile confidently immediately.
Implants can’t withstand normal bite forces until the bone has attached firmly to the delicate surface. Dr. Hekkert will help you decide what will work best during the initial healing period, and ensure you’re still able to function while protecting your implants. This period usually lasts from 3-6 months as implants integrate into your jaw. Most patients experience minimal discomfort after placement, especially compared to tooth removal procedures.