Dental Implants

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, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

What Are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Gayed and Dr. Fiorita will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Gayed and Fiorita are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.

Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While your oral surgeon performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Drs. Gayed and Fiorita perform in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.

Why Dental Implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth whether its a new situation or something you have lived with for years chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a partial at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

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Dr. Marc extracted my daughters wisdom teeth and was wonderful throughout the whole process. The front desk staff was kind, very well spoken, and very informative of the financial side of everything. The assistants in the back explained the whole process in depth to me and my daughter and went above and beyond to ease our minds. Dr. Marc was very professional and down to earth and ultimately did a wonderful job. I loved that the office called to check on my daughter later in the day.

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Thank you to the staff and Dr. Gayed for easing my fears of having a wisdom tooth pulled. You took the time to talk with me and tell me all about the procedure. Dr. Gayed and his staff were very calming and understanding of my fears. I did not feel the needle to numb the area . . . not one bit! As Dr. Gayed began to remove my wisdom tooth, he and his staff talked about general topics which brought a calmness over me. He said "you'll feel a little pressure", which I did not. Dr. Gayed was also humming a song, which also brought a calmness over me! He then said, "you may hear some cracking", which I did not. Next thing I knew, my tooth was out! Absolutely no pain, no pressure and no cracking! I can't thank Dr. Gayed and his staff enough for their professional manner and patience with me! I highly recommend!!

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I am a retired dentist of 35 years, Dr. Fiorita extracted a tooth for me and he is really the BEST of the BEST! All the staff was absolutely wonderful.

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I am so grateful for this team. I was in a very scary situation to me. Dr Fiorita preformed surgery on me. Amazingly, I had no scaring on my face when he was done. A little swelling and discomfort (very minimal). Dr Fiorita has a very calming bedside manner to be praised for. He talked me through everything. I knew what to expect during and after surgery. I will be forever grateful to Dr Fiorita. Thank you for helping me with this intense situation. Donna Nye

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Dr. Fiorita and his Staff did and excellent job during my procedure, it was painless during and even after the procedure I experienced NO PAIN at all. The whole staff was very informative and really made me feel at ease. I was also very impressed with the follow up calls I received after I got home. Thank you for making something I was not looking forward to at all into tolerable experience.

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Dr. Fioriti is the gentlest oral surgeon I've ever been to. He knew what he was doing and did the procedure with expertise and explanation the whole way through. I was nervous and scared from a previous bad experience with a dentist; however, Dr. Fioriti was able to calm me down by explaining what he was doing and his staff reassuring me. It was the easiest dental surgery I've ever had. I will definitely recommend him to my family, my friends, and anyone I hear that needs an oral surgeon! I will be coming back for further treatments.

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