The Power of Dental Implant Restorations
As one of the first facial features someone notices about another, teeth play a vital role in how attractive a person is perceived to be. If one or more teeth are lost, especially in the aesthetic zone (the visible part of the smile), this can have detrimental consequences on the perceived beauty of the face as a whole. Missing teeth can cause as much psychological damage as physical, driving many patients to seek out solutions that not only reestablish lost function, but lost aesthetics as well. Dental implants provide one of the most long-term and aesthetically-driven solutions to missing teeth dentistry offers today. With them, Dr. Michael Sohl has the power to restore one or more teeth, change the form of the jaw bone, and positively influence the outward appearance of the face. Once all these factors are in place, the renewed confidence our patients feel in their new smile is virtually unrivaled when compared with any other dental service we provide.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Functionally, dental implants change the bony structure of the jaw bone by providing healthy stimulation that mimics that of a natural tooth root. This prevents further jaw bone loss, while creating a stable foundation for the restored dental crown. Dental implants also halt adjacent teeth from shifting, helping the bite remain aligned and strong. Aesthetically, dental implants widen the smile, eliminating “buccal corridors,” the dark spaces between the side teeth and corners of the mouth. Along with providing fuller cheeks and lips, dental implants are restored with a life-like and natural-looking dental crown. The dental implant will fit comfortably between surrounding teeth, with the most ideal blending of size, color, proportion, and shape with the other teeth. In fact, it will be impossible to distinguish your dental implants from the rest of your natural teeth!
Digital Treatment Planning
All our dental implant cases begin in our Digital Smile Design Studio, where we take photographs of your smile, create 2D digital images of the teeth, and then build a 3D physical mockup of your new tooth to test out. During this time, we take high-quality intraoral images of the teeth and bone using the Cone Beam CT scan. This gives insight into the condition of the jaw bone, at what position the dental implants should be placed, and which type should be used. If a patient has suffered severe jaw bone loss in the upper jaw, many times we can use Zygoma dental implants, an alternative to traditional implants. These implants are longer in length and anchored in the cheek (zygomatic) bones, eliminating the need for bone grafting. Dr. Sohl is one of very few dentists formally trained in placing zygoma dental implants and uses 3D technology and software to help ensure the success of both zygoma and traditional implant surgery.
Guided Implant Surgery
From the results of the 3D digital images, we create a very precise and custom surgical guide that is used during surgery to help ensure that the aesthetic outcome designed beforehand is guaranteed once surgery is complete. For simple-to-complex cases, these surgical guides provide greater precision and outcome predictably, and minimizes risks and complications with accurate guidance of placement angle and depth. With each dental implant surgery, we incorporate platelet rich fibrin, contrived from your own blood, to accelerate safe and healthy healing of the procedural site.
Final Dental Restoration
All our dental implant cases are aesthetically-driven, with a focus on the final result first to determine how it will affect the face and smile as a complementary whole. The tooth designs we create in the studio are the most ideal in regards to shape, color, texture, and proportion for an outcome that balances perfectly with your facial appearance and structure. Specific materials are then chosen based on these factors, with the final 3D images sent to the dental lab for fabrication of the physical dental crown. We restore all dental implants in-house after the implants have undergone the proper healing time (about 3-4 months). In most cases, as also with full arch dental implants, we can place temporaries the same day as your surgery!
Facially-Driven Dental Care Since 1984
Dr. Sohl has been successfully placing dental implants since 1984 and has worked side-by-side with some of the top dentists in implant dentistry. A member of the prestigious International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he stays abreast of the latest technology and surgical techniques to provide the best possible care for his patients with missing teeth. With every treatment plan, Dr. Sohl emphasizes both how the final outcome affects the aesthetics of the face and smile and how precision placement improves function and health. In every case, our dental implant process is facially-driven, determined by how the final results improve the facial appearance as a whole. In this way, each treatment is customized, precise, and offering the most ideal results for each of our unique patients!
The Proof is in Our Patients
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