When it comes to restoring the aesthetics and function of your smile with dental implants, you can trust in the level of expertise practiced at Island View Dental. With our team of implant-trained dentists and staff, you can undergo complete implant treatment, including the surgical aspect of dental implants and the restoration process, from the comfort of our Grand Island dental office, and with doctors and a team you already trust.
What is an implant?
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post.
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth).
Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants. We utilize TeethXpress® by BioHorizons® for immediate-load, full-mouth restoration. These implant-supported dentures are fixed to the gums by BioHorizons tapered implants, featuring Laser-Lok® technology, for superior stability. If you have an uncomfortable or loose-fitting denture, stabilizing it with mini implants can be a more comfortable and functional solution.
Implants, dentures, or bridges?
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don't directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don't compromise the health of your remaining natural teeth.
What makes implant dentistry at Island View Dental unique?
- Digital X-ray technology enables us to create a better, more accurate treatment plan
- Our use of surgical guides allows us to place implants precisely and quickly
- Our doctors are certified through the Misch International Institute and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Taking Care of Your Implant
Very few things last a lifetime, but if taken care of properly, dental implants can! Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings at our Grand Island, NE dental office will be necessary to keep your implants healthy.
Our extensive implant services include:
Sinus Lift Augmentation: Often the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Autogenous Bone Grafting: Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.