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Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace your missing teeth. They are a good option if you are looking for a permanent solution. Dental implants are designed to blend in with your natural teeth, while also being functional.

One of the major pros for an implant versus a bridge is that it replaces the missing gap without having to touch any of the adjacent teeth (next to the missing gap).


  • Bone Graft
    • Bone Grafting is often diagnosed for implant procedures and socket preservation. The success rate of bone graft is very high. Bone graft, unlike organ transplants, is not rejected.
      • Bone Grafting for Implants:
        • In order for a successful implant outcome, bone grafting may be required. Bone grafting is required if there is not enough bone structure, or the bone is too soft for an implant to be placed. Bone grafting allows for a more solid structure for the implant.
      • Bone Grafting for Socket Preservation
        • After an extraction, bone grafting maybe suggested to maintain bone structure. After a tooth is removed, the space or “hole” that the tooth was sitting in is filled by bone grafting. This is ideal if the patient decided to have implants in the future or if the patient already has a lot of bone loss due to periodontal disease.


  • Sinus Lift (Sinus Augmentation)
    • Unlike implants in the lower jaw, some implants for the upper jaw may require a sinus life. Anatomically, every one has an air space or pocket called the maxillary sinus. This air space above the upper jaw is anatomically different for every patient. When the sinus pocket is low it results in little amount of bone for an implant. The “height” of bone required for an implant is insufficient; however, a sinus lift greatly increases the “height” required for an implant. The sinus membrane is slighted lifted upwards and bone graft is placed. The bone is left to develop for 6-12 months allowing for the correct level of bone height for an implant in the future.


  • Implant Surgery
    • Implant surgery is surprisingly simple and pain free than what patients imagine. This procedure only requires local anesthesia. Dental implants (post), which are made from titanium metal is placed in the jaw bone. Titanium is used in both medical and dental procedures, because the metal’s ability to fuse with the bone directly. Dental implants have the shape of a screw to create more surface area for the implant to fuse with the bone. After the implant is placed in the jaw bone, the bone is allowed to fuse with the implant for the next 3-6 months. Once Dr. Kim determines that the implant is ready for a crown, bridge, or other prosthesis the gum is re-opened to expose the top portion of the implant and an abutment is inserted. The abutment is a small titanium metal piece that adheres to the necessary crown, bridge, or prosthesis.


  • Implant Prosthodontics
    • 3-6 months after an implant post is placed, the final stage of the implant is initiated. During this stage, Dr. Kim will take an impression for the prosthesis that will be attached to the implant. The prosthesis can be a single crown, bridge, or denture. The prosthesis will replace any missing teeth. Implant prosthesis are “fixed,” meaning that the prosthesis are not removable.

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