What is Implant Therapy & Why Does It Matter?
Implant therapy requires not only scientific & research-based approaches, but also a clinical & planned approach. This combination works well to ensure that your dental implants will be securely placed so you are able to lead an optimal & healthy lifestyle. By choosing to receive dental implant therapy, you are also choosing to take care of your oral health. Dental implants are very similar to the root of a tooth & are not visible once safely placed. The implant then secures your crown, or dentures, & is made of titanium—meaning the implant is biodegradable and thus safe to use. More about Dental Implants...
Titanium is important in the process of implant therapy because of its ability to stabilize the bone lost with the tooth. Without the presence of a bone, or support system, your jaw is unable to properly maintain its healthy shape, which can lead to sagging of the face & even the deterioration of the jawbone. If a significant amount of time passes after tooth loss, more bone deterioration will occur, thus making the dental implantation process significantly more difficult on both your mouth & the dentist. Bone grafting can help this by giving the area of the missing tooth the support it needs, ensuring that you will be ready to receive the necessary implants.
How Does Implant Therapy Work?
There are many dental & surgical professionals who contribute to your dental implant therapy, as well as many important steps. This is to make sure that the implants are placed properly & securely so that you may continue to lead a functional, healthy lifestyle. You'll first need to determine which implant supports you will need, whether it be a bridge, crown, or dentures. The implants will then be placed before the placement of the supports so the bone will have a healthy amount of time to fuse with the implant.
What are the Advantages of Implant Therapy?
One advantage of receiving dental implants is that they are removable & replaceable (although they can only be removed or replaced by your dental professional). In the case that your implants need to be replaced, the surrounding bone will remain unharmed as well. Although dental implants can be removed &/or replaced, it is important to remember that you still must practice healthy & consistent oral hygiene routines.
Other advantages of receiving dental implant therapy are the aesthetic advantages (your face will appear less droopy & your smile can be fully restored), & you'll be able to eat more easily, since dental implants are permanent fixtures & won't slide while chewing or swallowing food.
Is Implant Therapy Painful? What if I Suffer From Dental Anxiety?
Implant therapy may be a painful procedure for some patients. It can also take a long time, which may make patients antsy. We offer sedation dentistry & believe it can help the most anxious or nervous of patients complete their necessary dental procedures.
What is Sedation Dentistry & How Does it Work?
With IV sedation, you actually won't be asleep, which typically allows the patient to feel slightly in control & gives them the ability to answer the doctor. You also may not remember much, which is why this procedure has been called "twilight" sedation. IV sedation is a very safe procedure when monitored by a certified dental professional & an anesthesiologist. Your gag reflex will be minimized, making your procedure an easy one! More About IV Dental Sedation here.
Meet Your Dental Implant & Sedation Expert - Dr. Fatemi
Dr. Fatemi is a gentle, caring dentist who uses only the most advanced materials & procedures available. He is a careful listener & will explain your implant therapy treatment & options beforehand in order to ensure that you receive the most personalized care possible.
Dr. Fatemi received his doctorate from the Columbia School of Dental & Oral Surgery at New York. Besides attending the prestigious Pankey Institute in Florida & completing a residency program in advanced education in general dentistry at Columbia University's School of Dental & Oral Surgery, Dr. Fatemi places a large emphasis on his work with implant therapy & IV sedation. He undertook two years of continuing education in these two specific areas at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The doctor strives to provide a comfortable atmosphere for all patients who receive implant therapy, offering certified IV sedation for the nervous patient.
Dr. Fatemi is a member of the American Dental Association, the Southern Maryland Dental Association & the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a fellow & member in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. More About Dr. Fatemi...
Our State-of-the-Art Office
Our newly designed dental office was built based around our concern for the safety & comfort of our patients. We have on the latest in implant therapy & IV sedation necessities & are a fully digital, chartless office where Dr. Fatemi can access patient records remotely & review treatments. Our state-of-the-art X-ray equipment greatly enhances our ability to better assist our patients & the maintenance their dental implant health. With 90% less radiation exposure & a quality of up to 7 megapixels, these digital radiographs allow Dr. Fatemi to accurately diagnose & treat his patients seeking implant therapy. Request an appointment for Implant Therapy...