Dental Implant FAQ

Elevation Center is both your surgeon and your general dentist’s manufacturing Dental Lab. By a providing both Surgical and Lab/Manufacturing services (Elevation Dental Lab, EDL), the elevated level of in-house coordination and planning yields more predictable and consistent results. Our dental Lab is also, uniquely, run and led by a prosthodontist.

The collaboration between your surgeon and the Lab is unique and works to your benefit. In addition, your general dentist, as the leader of the team, approves the prosthetic design and once manufactured, he/she delivers your final prosthesis (whether it’s an implant crown, implant bridge, or implant-supported full jaw prosthesis).

A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech, and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost.

Starting a few months after losing teeth, opposing and adjacent teeth start to lean and move in a way that makes them much less effective at chewing. Bone Loss also ensues with less support for your cheek and lips, resulting in deeper facial folds and wrinkles, making you look older than you really are.

In addition, as we get older, each missing tooth increases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Teeth moving and shifting

Excessive force on front teeth causing splaying

Upper and lower jaw atrophy after tooth loss

Dental Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw bones where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.

Crowns (teeth that look natural and function well) are then attached to the implant below via a custom made connecting part called Abutment. This also helps preserve the support your lips and cheeks need to look natural and full.

Dental Implants form the foundation of fixed teeth that allow you to look natural and function similar to your natural teeth. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized fixed full mouth prosthetics in place. Compared to a bridge, implants can last many more years and no healthy teeth are damaged in the process.

In addition, Implants and the chewing crowns above them keep the jaw healthy and strong by preventing bone loss. They do this by creating tension in the bone. This helps preserve your natural bone volume. Without implants, bone loss would ensue, which would result in increased facial folds and wrinkles due to lack of support for your cheeks and lips.

Inflammation is one of the main causes of human disease!

Non-restorable and/or infected teeth in the jaw cause inflammation in the surrounding soft tissue and the bone surrounding the root tips. This inflammation is associated with

  • Loss and shrinkage of surrounding Bone and Gum tissue, which will make it more difficult to replace your teeth with either implants or even removable dentures.
  • Cardiovascular disease (by damaging blood vessels).
  • Reumatoid Arthritis, etc.

Fixed Bridge
A fixed bridge requires your dentist to remove/grind down the outer layers of the 2 adjacent, otherwise healthy, teeth. Ceramic Crowns are then made for these 2 teeth and a 3rd hanging tooth is then connected/bridged in the middle, where the tooth is missing.

The Issue: Intentionally grinding down 2 healthy teeth shortens their lifespan by several years (as they are now susceptible to decay and eventual extraction).

Removable Partial and Full Dentures
Full dentures are held in place by natural anatomy/bone/gums in the area. Partial dentures are also held in place by natural anatomy/bone/gums in the area, as well as wire clips/remaining natural teeth. Both types of dentures can be removed and reinserted by the patient.

The Issue: removable prosthetics

  1. are Inconvenient in that that they are constantly being removed and replaced.
  2. are bulky,
  3. cover portions of your inner lips, roof of the mouth, and floor of the mouth.
  4. negatively impact your sense of taste.
  5. they generate a weaker bite than natural teeth or fixed implant prosthetics (10-40% of your natural bite force).
  6. accelerate the bone loss where teeth used to be. As you get older, when you take the prosthetic out, you will notice increased facial folds and wrinkles due to lack of support for your cheeks and lips.
  7. dentures can slip out unintentionally causing social discomfort.

Implant vs bridge

Our unique clinical flow starts with

  • Data collection using 3D Imaging and Intraoral Scanning.
  • Data analysis and Precise Planning using Elevation Dental Lab’s powerful software (3Shape’s Implant Studio). This is a coordinated effort between your dentist, our surgeons, prosthodontists, and lab technicians (all under the same roof).
  • 3D-printed Surgical Guides are used to translate all the virtual planning into surgical reality.
  • The final step is the manufacturing of individual Crowns or full mouth prosthetics, as prescribed by your general dentist
Unlike many other types of implanted objects used in Orthopedics and Plastic surgery, there is no time limit for how long implants last. The majority of implants last many years/decades. A small % of implants do not fuse to the bone initially or if they do, they may develop some bone loss at a later pre-mature date. The good news is that in this small percentage of cases, the implant can be replaced after a brief period of healing.
Yes. Some implant-related procedures are very minor 10-12 min procedure, and most patients will do great under local anesthesia. However, some procedures are much longer and more involved, and for those, you have the option of being sedated (intravenously, you will be asleep).
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