Dental implants have changed the course of dentistry. Patients can retain the look and feel of natural teeth for a lifetime. Dr. Walker has worked with implants since 1976. Dental implants have gone through many changes and offer an excellent restorative choice. They can be used for one tooth, to restore an arch, an entire mouth or to retain dentures. The success rate of dental implants is very high as long as the patient is healthy, does not smoke and maintains their oral hygeine.
Restorative Dental Restoration
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. Virtually all dental implants placed today are root-form implants. In other words, implants appear similar to an actual tooth root and are placed within the bone. Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prosthesis, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. Implants are typically made of titanium.
Dr. Walker handles the restorative phase of the dental implant process. Depending on the complexity of the case, a patient often will see Dr. Walker first, as he acts to guide the patient toward what procedures might be needed in order to achieve a successful outcome. For example, he might refer a patient for tissue grafting, orthodontics or bone grafting in addition to just having an implant placed. It is critical to have an experienced Dr. who understands how all these can impact the restoration process so that valuable time and money is not wasted.
Dr. Walker will then coordinate with the surgeon (and other specialists as needed) in order to provide any temporary prosthetics needed during the healing process. Once the go ahead has been given for the restoration to begin, impressions will be taken by Dr. Walker and sent to the lab for a prosthesis to be fabricated.