Planning and Restoring Dental Implants
Patients who need to restore their compromised smiles choose Dr. Neil L. Starr because he provides world-class crowns and bridges, and excels in creating and managing interdisciplinary dental treatments. As a leading prosthodontist, Dr. Starr can coordinate the placement of dental implants with a top-tier surgeon and provide the necessary restorations to help patients achieve balance, function, and esthetics. To learn more about the cost of dental implants, the different types of dental implants, the typical treatment timeline, and how Dr. Starr helps patients experience the benefits of dental implants, contact our Washington, D.C. office today.
Planning Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace lost tooth roots. An oral surgeon or periodontist places the implants in the jaw, where they become permanently fused to the bone, providing the ultimate anchor for dental restorations. Dr. Starr manages any related preparatory treatments, and the creation and placement of restorations. During an initial consultation, Dr. Starr can determine candidacy for implants and discuss restorative options. Preparatory procedures may include bone grafting to restore lost bone mass in the jaw, or tooth extraction to remove unstable teeth.
Dr. Starr uses several advanced tools, including an iCAT Cone Beam scanner, to evaluate the jaw bone and tooth structure. Using the extensive diagnostic information he gathers, Dr. Starr will determine the best implant placement strategy. Patients with complex cases requiring the work of other specialists are afforded the convenience and peace of mind in having a single knowledgeable specialist coordinate their entire treatment. Dr. Starr has dual specialty certifications in periodontics and periodontal prosthetics, and decades of experience in helping patients with complex needs.
Dental Implant Surgery
During dental implant surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the gums, exposing the jaw bone. Next, he will drill a pilot hole into the jaw and insert the implant. Finally, the gums are sutured closed. Over the next two to six months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone. After healing is complete, Dr. Starr will attach a special abutment to the implant. This abutment will serve as the point of connection for the crown restoration.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide patients with a number of significant advantages over traditional restorations such as dentures. Implants are inserted directly into the patients jaw and they will then function like tooth roots, providing excellent support for crown and bridge restorations. Patients can speak, laugh, and enjoy all the foods they love without worrying that their restorations will slip out of place. Additionally, dental implants halt the atrophy of the jawbone that occurs when a tooth root is missing for an extended period of time.
Whether a patient is receiving a crown or an All-on-4, 5 or 6, Implant-Supported Prettau® Style Bridge, they can expect that their restorations will look natural and fit comfortably. Dr. Starr will provide a composite mockup restoration at the outset of treatment to try before any permanent restoration is created. This mockup can provide a sneak peak of the expected outcome, while allowing Dr. Starr to make the fine adjustments necessary for ultimate comfort and esthetics. Restorations will be created at Dr. Starr's on-site lab, using Amann Girrbach® state-of-the-art milling technology, in collaboration with his world-class technicians and ceramist.
To learn more about how Dr. Starr can restore the health, functionality, and appearance of a smile with dental implants, please contact our office today.