Dental Implants in the Crestview Hills, KY area  

Northern Kentucky Periodontal
& Dental Implant Dentistry
Crestview Hills, KY

Dental Implants

Your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.

Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps, you have difficulty chewing.

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own. To discuss getting dental implants in the Crestview Hills, KY area, please feel free to contact us at 859.331.4700.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

Dental Implant Presentation

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What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture in place. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing.

Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontist are dental experts who specialize precisely in these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontist have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have special knowledge, training and the facilities required to restore your mouth with teeth that look and feel just like your own.

Dr. Sutton has received extensive training in implantology. He has been placing implants since 1992. Through continuing education Dr. Sutton is abreast of the most current information and techniques. Prior to his specialty surgical training, Dr. Sutton trained in a hospital based general dentistry residency where advance restorative aspects of implantology were practiced. The intimate knowledge of having also prostheticly restored implants is a tremendous advantage to you and your restorative dentist, ensuring the best possible result.

Procedure for Placing Dental Implants

The placement of dental implants involves one or two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first six to twelve weeks following surgery, the implants are at or just beneath the surface of the gums, bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary prosthesis and eat a relatively normal diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final crown, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Sutton will uncover the implants, if necessary, and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Sutton is 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 healing time before placing artificial teeth on them. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible in select cases, to extract teeth, and place implants with crowns at one visit. This process, called “immediate loading” greatly simplifies the surgical process while greatly reducing your treatment time.

Implant Team

Implants are a team effort between a surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Sutton performs the actual implant surgery, and 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.

Types of Prosthesis

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 one is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

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 it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for your years-chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Why would you 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? The average life span of a good bridge is fifteen years. During this time, the bone in the space missing the tooth deteriorates. The bridge is susceptible to decay and this or the trauma from cutting on the tooth can lead to the nerve in the tooth dying thus requiring a root canal. Remaking the bridge several times over a lifetime is increasingly damaging to the teeth and far more costly than your initial investment in implant replacements.

In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Dental implants are the closest replacement for your missing teeth.

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.

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What type of anesthesia is used?

The majority of dental implants and any necessary grafting can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without IV sedation.

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. Implants are not susceptible to decay but periodontal disease and proper occlusion (bite) must be monitored.

We utilize PRP to help stimulate bone regeneration on most bone grafting and dental implant procedures.