Dental Implants

Dental implants can change people lives, they provide a foundation for replacing teeth. Individuals who have lost teeth regain the ability to eat virtually anything. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

  • Implants are titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing.
  • Implants also help preserve facial structure and prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing.
  • The placement of dental implants usually involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed in your jawbone.There is a four to six month healing period during which the implant bonds to your jawbone. The second surgical procedure involves uncovering the implants and attaching a small abutment.These abutments protrude through the gum and will accept a permanent crown.


Who actually performs the dental implant surgery?

  • Implant placement involves a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and your restorative dentist. Dr. Gedeon performs the actual implant surgery and then the restorative dentist makes the permanent crown.

What types of prosthesis are available?
  • A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic crown attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (overdenture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachment, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removed only by your dentist.

    Within 2-3 days after surgery, there is usually little need for any pain medication at all. There may be some swelling and pain around the surgical area which can be minimized by applying an ice pack for approximately twenty minutes, 3-5 times a day. You may also see some discoloration in the surgical area; these are all signs of normal healing. Bruising can be common after any dental surgery. For more information, refer to the Post Operative section of this website.