Implant Dentistry in Wichita, KS
At Pauly Dental, Dr. Terra Pauly and our team enjoy being able to offer our patients a variety of treatments and services. We love offering our patients the best care available, and implant services remain one of the best treatments available in dentistry today.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root 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.
If you are a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease, you could be an excellent candidate for a dental implant. The only way to tell for sure is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Terra Pauly, your trusted Wichita, KS dentist.
Dental implants are meant to replace missing teeth, or to help stabilize a removable partial denture or a traditional denture. Replacing teeth that are missing helps restore function and also helps take the stresses/forces off the teeth adjacent to the missing space. With the spaces filled, other teeth won’t be able to shift into the missing space.
Dental Implants or Bridges?
Implants are one of the greatest advancements in dentistry. In order to get a fixed bridge, the teeth next to the missing space must be ground down to in order to place the bridge. Implants are superior because they do not require cutting down the teeth next to the space, if those teeth are healthy. Implants are solid fixtures in the mouth that can be used in combination with dentures/partials to increase the stability and fit of the removable denture/partial.
Maintaining Your Implant
Implants are meant to be long-term fixtures if they are properly cared for. One must care for implants in a similar way you care for teeth, with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups at our Wichita, KS dental office.
Pre Implant Treatment
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.
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants.