Life's simple pleasures can cause problems and pain for the millions of adults who suffer from permanent tooth loss. Men and women of all ages are self-conscious about their dentures, bridges or missing teeth. Some have difficulty speaking because their dentures slip or click. For others, the irritation and pain caused by dentures are constant reminders of the limitations they feel. Many are concerned about their appearance and may feel that their tooth loss has "aged them" before their time. Some regularly decline invitations to social events because they are unwilling to face the uncertainties of eating, speaking and laughing while in public. Many can no longer enjoy their favorite foods, nor the social interaction with family and friends that accompanies special meals.
Implants can be a viable alternative to replace natural teeth. Can you tell which tooth is the implant with our patient to the right?
Now, more and more people are putting an end to these problems by choosing dental implants, a revolutionary way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer an excellent alternative to the limitations of conventional dentures, bridges and missing teeth. Dental implants are changing the way people live. With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
A national survey of oral and Maxillofacial surgeons found that patient interest and demand has grown significantly. The survey found:
According to the survey, the reasons for the increased demand are:
Experts predict that the demand for the procedure will continue to grow as people become more familiar with the benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants are a great option for patients missing natural teeth, because they act as a secure anchor for artificial replacement teeth and eliminate the instability associated with surface adhesives and removable bridges. Your natural teeth absorb biting pressure of up to 540 lbs. per square inch. Long-time denture wearers can often absorb no more than 50 lbs. per square inch. Dental implants, when properly placed, can withstand 450 lbs. per square inch of biting pressure. Dental implants are made of materials that are compatible with human bone and tissue. The endosteal implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implants which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Based on patient needs, a single tooth, a partial bridge or a full set of replacement teeth are fitted to the implants and locked in place over the protruding posts. In appearance and in function, implants are the closest thing to natural teeth and a good alternative to conventional dentures. Implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and pain of ill-fitting dentures. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face. With a sense of renewed self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends and the chance to speak clearly and comfortably with co-workers. For all these reasons, people with dental implants say they feel better… the look better…they live better.
An oral and Maxillofacial can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. You will be evaluated based upon a number of things including dental health, lifestyle, jawbone quality and oral hygiene habits. In close consultation with your own dentist, the oral and Maxillofacial surgeon can plan you dental implant treatment program. Dental implant surgery is often done in an oral and Maxillofacial surgeon's office. In some cases, the procedure is done in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center. In any event, an oral and Maxillofacial surgeon can determine the most appropriate setting based on you individual needs.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, the implants are surgically placed into your jawbone. These small devices make up the framework needed to securely hold replacement teeth. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. During this time, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet. Some patients do report minor pain and swelling immediately after the procedure but most experience no change in their daily routines.
While the implants are bonding with the jawbone, new replacement teeth are fashioned by your dentist. The replacement teeth must clip onto the implants, fit securely in the mouth and withstand the day-to-day movement and pressure created by chewing and speaking. So, it is important that they are created by a dentist with proper training in restorative techniques. Once the implants have bonded to the jawbone, the second phase of the procedure begins. At this time, the oral and Maxillofacial surgeon uncovers the implants and attaches small posts which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. The posts protrude through the gum line but are not visible when artificial teeth are attached. The entire process, from evaluation completion, generally takes six to eight months. During this time, most patients do no experience any disruption in their normal business and social activities.
Because dental implants are made of materials that are compatible with human bone, there is little chance for an allergic reaction in the body. However, implants can fail when proper oral hygiene techniques are not used. Dental implants require special individual care. Proper brushing, flossing, rinsing and regular check-ups are critical to the long-term success for your implants.
Though dental implants are a relatively simple procedure, they generally warrant the expertise of two dental professionals- an oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Working as a team, the oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and restorative dentist can determine if you are a candidate for implants and design an appropriate treatment plan. A restorative dentist, with training in implants, creates the replacement teeth. The doctor prepares the necessary molds and works with a dental laboratory to make sure that the denture or bridge will meet the particular needs of each patient. Additionally, dental implant patients should see a dentist for routine follow-up care and maintenance.
If you are among the millions of Americans who suffer from permanent tooth loss, you can eliminate the problems and pain caused by dentures, bridges or missing teeth. You can begin to rediscover the joy of eating healthy, speaking clearly and laughing comfortably. Take the first step. Get the facts about dental implants. See your dentist or a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. With their training and expertise, they can determine if dental implants are the right choice for you.
The Oral Surgical Institute, PA is a private practice that specializes in the Art and Science of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. We consult, diagnose and treat a wide variety of oral conditions including Impacted Wisdom Teeth, Oral Pathology Lesions, Developmental Jaw Disorders and Maxillofacial Trauma. Reconstruction of the jaws and oral cavity through the use of Bone and Soft Tissue Grafts and placement of Dental and Maxillofacial Implants are other areas of expertise in surgery that we offer to the patients.
The Oral Surgical Institute is solely owned and operated by John H. Hardeman DDS, MD. With over 24 years of experience in surgery and a compassionate, caring approach to the patient, Dr. Hardeman has established a reputation for himself that is time honored and respected by his patients and peers alike.
!!! We are happy to announce the relocation of our services to a new West Orlando/Orange County location. !!!
Our new location is: 1291 Winter Garden -Vineland Road,
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Working in close association with the general dentists and specialists of the area,
Dr. Hardeman is excited to continue to provide state of the art care with a
caring, compassionate approach that has made him successful for nearly 25 years.
In other news, we are also excited about the association with another pre-eminent oral surgical practice, Advanced Faces, in Clermont and Leesburg, FL Dr. Christopher Johnson, President and Chief Operating Surgeon of the Lake County practice has graciously invited Dr. Hardeman to work in conjunction with him as together they serve the patients and practices of the surrounding communities.
Dr. Hardeman can be reached for appointment at the Clermont office by calling 352-242-0627.
The office address of Advanced Faces is: 855 Oakley Seaver Drive
Clermont, FL 34711
Life's simple pleasures can cause problems and pain for the millions of adults who suffer from permanent tooth loss. Now, more and more people are putting an end to these problems by choosing dental implants, a revolutionary way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer an excellent alternative to the limitations of conventional dentures, bridges and missing teeth. Dental implants are changing the way people live. With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Bone Morphogenetic Protein is a synthetic derivative of a naturally occuring protein in the human body.
There are 14 different types of BMP in the human body. BMP-2 is the most potent bone forming substance that we know of. Now BMP-2 is created in the labratory and is completely synthetic. The material is so potent that we begin to see bone formation in the sites within 10 days.
This product has completely revolutionized the process of bone grafting. We can now predictably graft bone into sites and expect it to heal completely. Whether it is to help a extraction site heal or augment bone in the sinus region, BMP is the material of choice for this practice. We have nearly 400 cases and extensive experience with Bone Morphogenetic protein.
PELLEVE is a new technique offered by the doctors at the Oral Surgical Institute where the effects of aging skin can be virtually eliminated. All of this is done without surgery or the need for anesthesia! Pelleve is designed to tighten the skin by gently warming the tissues with radiowave energy. The treatment tip provides a continuous deep warming with optimal temperatures which target the subdermal junction and allows delivery of heat to the dermis just below the skin. This mild thermal energy then causes the collagen in the deeper layers of the skin to regenerate and heal. The result is tighter, more youthful looking skin. The wrinkles associated with aging are visibly reduced.
When radiofrequency energy is directed down into the deeper layers of the skin, a natural wound response is stimulated. The heat generated creates an "injury zone" and to repair the injury, your body breaks down the old disorganized collagen and creates new collagen. The benefit of stimulating your own collagen production is that the collagen is deposited in an orderly, structured manner and that there is no risk of allergy, immune reaction or injection-induced infection.
Typically each patient will require more than one treatment session. Although there is an almost immediate initial response, this fades within the first few days. As the weeks progress, there is more and more collagen reorganization. After the 2nd and 3rd treatments, the collagen reorganization reaches its peak. Final results are not seen, however for up to 6 months after the completion of your treatment. Treatment sessions are spaced out about 30 days apart to take advantage of the body's ability to create new collagen.