Get Dental Implants for Permanent Tooth Replacement
If You Have Missing Teeth, You Need a Dental ImplantLosing a tooth is not only embarrassing and unsightly, it is also dangerous to your overall oral health. Eventually your jaw will lose bone mass where your tooth used to be, and you will begin to lose more teeth because of it. The only permanent solution that prevents bone loss and keeps you smiling is getting dental implants.
Understanding Dental ImplantsDental implants are small titanium posts that will be surgically placed into your jaw bone where you are missing teeth. These implants serve as anchors that act like the root for an artificial tooth. After the implants are placed and the bone has had time to heal, the jaw bone will actually fuse to the implants, making them even stronger than a normal tooth. Once the implants have been allowed to heal, replacement teeth can be secured to your implants.
While it is clear that dental implants can be beneficial in permanently improving the function of your mouth, they have also been shown to benefit the existing bone of the jaw. Dental implants can actually prevent further bone loss.
The Surgical ProcedureYour dental needs are unique to you, so we offer individualized treatment plans for each patient. In some cases, bone grafting may be needed prior to placement of the implants, especially if there isn't enough bone available to properly support the restoration. If you have enough bone or your bone is reconstructed, the implants will be surgically put into place.
After the titanium posts have been implanted, you'll need to wait at least four months so that the bone can fuse to them. In some cases, the gum tissue may grow over the implants, so a procedure may be needed to uncover them before tooth replacement. Temporary dentures may be available during this time, and after your permanent restorations are put into place, the implant itself will be entirely invisible. In total, the procedure will take 6–8 months, but most patients report minimal disruptions to their daily lives.
Types of Artificial Teeth AvailableWhen it comes to dental implants, crowns are usually chosen to replace a single tooth, and each prosthetic will attach to a singular implant. In other cases, a bridge may be used to replace multiple teeth, and it may require several implants to provide adequate support.
Full arch prosthetics could be used to replace all teeth in the lower or upper jaw. With this type of restoration, the total number of the implants used will depend on how much bone is available and other factors. An overdenture may be able to attach to a bar, while a fixed prosthetic will be permanent and can only be removed by your dentist.
Dental Implant CandidatesIf you are interested in dental implants, it is important to first see if you are a candidate. An evaluation with a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon is essential, and you may need to have a special radiograph taken to further examine your condition. We'll help evaluate your unique, individual situation and explain your options.
Choose Dental ImplantsThe more you learn about dental implants, the more you may realize that these restorations can completely change your life. When you lose multiple teeth, whether this is something you've dealt with for years or it is an entirely new situation, it can be difficult to come to terms with the change. Dental implants can open the door to improved self-confidence, allowing you to restore your old eating and socialization habits without feeling self-conscious or worrying about your traditional dentures slipping out of place.
Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD
Dr. Redlinger is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon with a particular interest in dental implants. He received his dental degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his Medical degree from the University of Nebraska. He has published numerous articles on Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and enjoys participating in organized dentistry.
Dr. Redlinger was raised in Boulder City, Nevada but fell in love with Reno as a youth on his family's annual ski trip to Lake Tahoe. When time came to pick colleges it was a natural fit that he would go north and attend University of Nevada, Reno. He returned to Southern Nevada to complete dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After dental school Dr. Redlinger was off to the hearty Midwest where he completed medical school, internship in General Surgery, and residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. University of Nebraska's program was the first dual degree OMFS program in the country.
After completing residency, Dr. Redlinger found himself drawn once again back to Reno and the Truckee Meadows. Dr. Redlinger enjoys practicing full scope Oral and Maxillofacial surgery from dentoalveolar and dental implant surgery, to facial reconstruction and cosmetic surgery.
When not in the office or operating room, Dr. Redlinger may be found searching out a favorite fishing hole, skiing on one of the many slopes of Tahoe, or attempting the game of golf. Scott is married to Teala Redlinger, who is a General Dentist working with children in Reno. They are raising three beautiful children, Orion, Atlas and Cheyenne.