Dental Implants

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

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Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. SanGiacomo is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Dr. SanGiacomo performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

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I am an Anesthesiologist practicing in town. I have tried to have 2 back molar implants placed since my medical residency in the early 90's. I have been to multiple specialist, which all had said, because of the bone erosion there is not enough bone to place an implant. Everyone from colleagues I perform anesthesia for to Clear Choice shown on TV, none where able to even try. I did not know Thomas R. SanGiacomo, DMD, but thought I would give it one more try. To my surprise I had a 3-D CT scan in his office and he said he believed he could use a specialized implant called a Fatboy. Well, after less the a year I have 2 permanent excellent chewing surfaces. The whole experience was exceptional, he and his office staff out like a real hidden treasure here in Cortland and I have been all over the U.S. and world trying to have this performed. I can not say enough about the experience and end result. I had tried a partial before and there is no comparison between wearing a partial and having solid permanent teeth. If you or someone you know are missing teeth I highly recommend you visit this outstanding Specialist. He has clean ultra modern equipment, a wondering pleasant staff, and a tremendous skill. His prices are absolutely the best and he accepted my insurance, which was an added bonus. I highly recommend if you are reading this you take the first step and make an initial appointment.

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