Replacing Missing Teeth
If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Dental implants act as the artificial replacement of teeth roots. Once in the bone, they are left to heal between 4-6 months depending on the location they were placed. Your restorative doctor will then fabricate a crown which will be connected to the dental implant giving you the function and aesthetics that was lost.
Dental Implants help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Contact us for more information about Dental Implants or to schedule an appointment with Sound Surgical Arts.
Dental Implant Evaluation
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, we will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between your restorative dentist and us. While Dr. La Rosa 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
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 Implant Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves often, but not always, two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors, such as hardness of bone. In some cases, dental implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.
For the first three-to-four months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet at this time.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Silvia La Rosa will uncover the dental implant(s) and attach a small healing collar. After four weeks your restorative dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the dental implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six-to-eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Single-Stage and Immediate Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology including 3-D CAD/CAM technology Dr. Manuel La Rosa very often is able to place single-stage implants as well as immediate implants. Single-stage dental implants do not require a second procedure (second stage) to uncover them. There are even situations where the dental implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction (known also as immediate implants) further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
What types of prosthesis are available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three dental implants. A complete dental prosthesis replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by your restorative doctor or by us.
Dr. La Rosa performs in-office dental implant surgery in operating suites. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia
Dr. La Rosa has received extensive training in Dental Implantology. Through continuing education, Dr. Manuel La Rosa and Dr. Silvia La Rosa are abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.
Why select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are dental implants bad for my other teeth?
Dental implants offer a method for replacing lost teeth that is as close to natural as possible. When a single tooth or multiple teeth are replaced with implants, it is not necessary to involve any other teeth in the process. Other techniques for replacing teeth such as bridges and removable partial dentures require other teeth being used as attachments (the dental term is “abutment”). The abutment teeth provide the support for the artificial bridge or partial denture teeth. Invariably, bridges and partial dentures require the removal of healthy tooth structure from the abutment teeth. By using other teeth for support, bridges and partial dentures place unnatural levels of stress and strain on them. Teeth used as abutments for bridges and removable partial dentures suffer increased rates of decay, fracture, gum disease, bone loss, mobility, and tooth loss, and often do not provide the aesthetic result one is looking for.
Unlike bridges and partial dentures, dental implants remain isolated from other teeth. In other words: when dental implants are used as the foundation for tooth replacement there is no need to use other teeth as abutments.
Do dental implants need special care?
Once the dental implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists. Remember, although dental implants won’t develop decay as they are titanium made, they can develop periodontal disease like your natural teeth as they are surrounded by bone and gum tissue. Please make sure to brush and floss your dental implants like you do for your natural teeth. We will be glad to give you instructions on proper home care techniques if you have any questions.
Sound Surgical Arts
Thank you very much. Great experience.
- William S
The expeirence was to say the least was enjoyable. The staff took great care of me. Will go back if needed. No where else.
- Thomas H
I had a wonderful experience getting an implant two years ago here, so when it was time for my child to have her wisdom teeth out, I didn't hesitate to schedule her with Dr. LaRosa. I couldn't ask for better care for my child - everyone was so sweet to her! The office staff are all wonderful, and both me and my daughter had excellent recoveries with no complications after our procedures.
- Gail G
Dr. LaRosa did a magnificent job of placing 4 implants and grafting tissue to ensure the success of the implants! His professionalism and skill are unequalled. I am a life-long LaRosa Groupie! I know I am in safe and skilled hands with Dr. LaRosa.
- Susan P
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- Pamela M
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- Sharon H
The staff and doctor were absolutely the best I have seen in the dental area. My dental needs were complex and they did a terrific job every step of the way.
I have been getting implants and periodontics work since I was at least a kid. It's painful and it sucks. All my life i've been treated like I got something wrong with my mouth. Its not a good feeling. BUT Dr SIlvia Manuel La Rosa have made me feel like I'm a person and that I matter. I admit I was skeptical at first if they were any good. but they've gotten everything right the first time. I've had ZERO issues with their surgical stuff. They made me feel comfortable and at ease all the time. Their staff is amazing! I drive from everett just to see them. They're that good! Trust me I've been to a lot of doctors with this stuff. These guys are legit. They are the REAL DEAL. I highly recommend. I'm writing this because of how amazing these guys and gals are! Seriously! Do you know what it's like going through this? I bet if you're like me you don't like it, at least I DID. These guys make me LOVE it here! I'm not just a patient here, I am treated like a human being with dignity. Thank you Dr. Manuel and Silvia La Rosa for treating my like a human being and getting everything right the first time around! You guys really are legit! Thank you!
- Ian S
Dr Silvia and Dr Manuel were able to diagnose and treat the problem on my gum. They were both kind caring and informative during biopsies, extractions, bone graft, gum graft and implant placements. The technicians and assistants were also top notch. Thank you to all of you for your help during this long process of healing and being able to smile again!!
- Stephanie F
Very professional and personable staff. They're keepers!!
- Rosa M
Nice friendly staff and doctor
- Ritsuko O
I would come back over and over
- Kathleen W
Best care ever by any dental facility.
- Gloria H
I highly recommend the doctor and his staff for oral procedures.
- Christine B
Thanks so much for your kindness and support to me thru a stressful time. I am so pleased with the outcome!
- Linda B
This is not a fun process, with that I felt you all were professional and relaxed. I was treated very well, I thank you for that. If I need further care , I will not hesitate to return. Unless the insurance companies rule the world and be forbidden. Just kidding.. But you know what I am talking about! You are awesome!! Thank you for most excellent care every time I see you!
- Denise R
The staff and Dr Sylvia La Rosa are excellent.
- Gail W
Staff was great. Turned a stressful experience into a pain free time. Dr. La Rosa was kind and informative every step of the way.
- Patricia K
Very professional yet down to earth. Made me feel comfortable during an otherwise traumatic experience. Thank you!
- Terri G
The doctor and staff really did a good job at making me feel like I was an individual and not just another patient in the long line of patients. The follow-up was excellent.
- Bruce C