Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look,  feel, and function like natural teeth.  The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence,  knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing.  The bone bonds with the titanium,  creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  In addition,  implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live!  With them,  people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat,  speak,  laugh and enjoy life.

Dr. Habekost has received extensive training in Implantology at Boston University and the Medical University of South Carolina.   Dr. Habekost is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology.  Through continuing education,  Dr. Habekost is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry and continues his education to provide you with the best technology available to date.
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Evaluation
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we will provide a dental/radiographic examination and review your health history.  If you are a candidate for Implant therapy,  Dr. Habekost will get you scheduled for a 20 second CT scan.  In some cases medical insurances will cover this scan.  Dr. Habekost then uses a state of the art software program that allows him to do a virtual surgery before placing your implants,  insuring both adequate bone height,  width, a nd most importantly,  bone density.  During your consultation visit,  Dr. Habekost and his staff will address your specific needs and considerations and review a virtual surgery with you,  showing the precise placement of each implant,  and any needed bone augmentations .  At this point,  a computer machined surgical guide will be ordered if indicated.  Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time.  There are many types of insurance plans,  and coverage for implants is varied.  We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Procedures
Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes.  They are surgically placed into the jawbone.  Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone.  Healing time following surgery varies from person to person,  based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first three to six months following surgery,  the implants are generally beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. After the bone has bonded to the implant,  the second phase begins. Dr.Habekost will  attach a small healing collar.  After two weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth.  An impression will be taken, and then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life, and very little discomfort is involved.

 

Cosmetic-Plastic Surgery

If you are unhappy with the appearance of short unsightly teeth this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Dr. Habekost and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.

Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. We can correct this by performing the periodontal plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful smile.

Another cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue graft. It is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss.

Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, an appearance of a general aging. The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured because of spaces remaining under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth.

Bone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more esthetic tooth replacement for either an implant crown or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.