The practice of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS is proud to provide patients with a variety of options in implant dentistry. Contact us today for more information about any of these procedures or to schedule a consultation appointment.
What is Implant Dentistry?
Implant dentistry is dentistry that focuses on providing patients with a variety of different dental implants. Dental implants can either take the form of small, screw-shaped, titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw, or metal plates inserted into the gum. Both of these methods have completely revolutionized the way missing teeth are replaced, making single tooth replacements easier to tackle on their own and allowing multiple tooth replacements to require less surgery. All of our implant procedures are made possible with our in-house CT-scanner and computer generated modeling system.
While it’s true that tooth loss becomes more and more common with age, that doesn’t mean it becomes any easier to deal with. Dentures can be uncomfortable, temporary solutions to a bigger problem. We offer our clients a convenient, long-lasting alternative with the all-on-four approach. This technique combines a series of four endosseous implants and row of permanent dentures to give patients a beautiful, long-term solution to missing teeth.
Mini implants, also referred to as transitional implants, are used to temporarily support and fill in empty spaces during more permanent implant treatments. These fixtures are never fully integrated into the jaw bone and are usually removed once the healing process of the original treatment is complete.
Immediate implants can be placed in the jaw and topped with a crown, all on the same day. The best part of these treatments is patients don’t have to go through an awkward waiting period without a tooth or teeth while they wait for their implants to heal. These implants eventually fully integrate with the jaw, eventually becoming a permanent supportive fixture in the mouth.
The most widely received implants, endosseous implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, fusing with it over time. This type of implant can be a significant help to patients that are missing just one tooth or many teeth.
These implants are used on patients that have extreme bone loss from years of using dentures. While endosseous implants fit into the jaw bone, subperiosteal implants are inserted above the jaw bone under the gum tissue. This type of implant can be completed in as little as three appointments with only one surgery required.
This is an excellent treatment option for patients that have been told that they do not have enough bone for dental implants. If there is isn’t enough adequate jawbone space available to insert implants into, Dr. Jirik can use bone grafting. The doctor has been performing these procedures since 1990 and was even taught by creator of the technique, Dr. Hilt O. Tatum.
Human Growth Factors
Some of the rejuvenating, healing human growth factors found in Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, can be extracted from a patient’s own blood and administered in our office. PRP injections can drastically decrease a patient’s expected healing time and increase the likelihood of success in both bone and soft tissue grafting procedures. Doctor Jirik has been performing this unique technique since 1998 and has been a national lecturer on the procedure.
Cosmetic dentures can dramatically alter and improve an individual’s smile. When used in combination with dental implants, cosmetic dentures can drastically improve the smile and the face, improving facial support and making patients look renewed and rejuvenated.
Interested in any of these implant dentistry procedures? Don’t hesitate — contact Jirik DDS today.