Implant Dentistry

A dental implant is an excellent treatment for replacing missing teeth. Small titanium implants replace the roots of the missing teeth. Custom fitted artificial teeth are secured to the implants which hold the teeth firmly in place. Implants can also be used to support bridges and dentures. An implant is the next best thing to your natural tooth.

Implant Cross SectionDepending on your situation, placing an implant may consist of several phases and treatment times can vary widely. First we must determine if an implant is right for you by discussing your health history and treatment goals and performing a comprehensive examination of your gums and jaw bone. Dr. Cook will also determine if you need any additional procedures such as bone grafting or gum surgery.

To begin an implant procedure, Dr. Cook will shape a channel into the bone and then place the implant into the prepared space. Over the course of the next few months the implant will become securely fused to the bone.After the implant and your bone have fully integrated, a custom made restoration will be secured to the implant.

Dr. Cook will often use a surgical guide to place implants. To do this, Dr. Cook utilizes Cone Beam Computed Tomography to take a 3D image of the jawbone. Dr. Cook then virtually places the implants using advanced software to determine the optimal implant size and how the implant should be angled. A custom surgical guide is then made that is fitted into your mouth during implant surgery to precisely place the implant exactly as determined from the CBCT scan.

CBCT Virtual Implant

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There are many types of implants available depending on your particular need and situation. Implants fall into three general categories:

Implants have several advantages over alternative forms of treatment. Implants stimulate the jaw bone when you chew, preserving the bone and keeping it healthy. Implants are also strong, comfortable, and secure, looking and feeling just like natural teeth.

Dr. Cook is a Fellow Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI). Dr. Cook performs all phases implantology: from surgical placement through restoration.