Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth, from one tooth to an entire complement of teeth. No longer do patients have to have adjacent teeth cut down for a bridge or suffer with loose, uncomfortable, ill fitting dentures.
Implants can be used to stabilize dentures or replace them altogether with a fixed (non-removable) prosthesis. They can truly be life changing, giving people the renewed ability to eat virtually anything and smile with confidence.
Dr. Waasdorp is an expert in all aspects of implant therapy and oral reconstruction, and will work closely with your restorative dentist to give you the best implant care possible. Being a leader in the field, he actively trains and mentors other clinicians in all aspects of implant therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How successful are dental implants?
Numerous studies performed around the world over the past 25 years have documented high levels of implant success that often approach 98 to 100%.
Am I a good candidate?
Dental implants are an extremely predictable, successful devices that give patients the feeling of having their own natural teeth. Risk factors most common for implant failure are uncontrolled diabetes, smoking, and poor bone quality. Presence of these or other factors does not always preclude implant therapy, and we often consult and work closely with your physician to identify all risk factors and minimize them when possible.
I have been told I don’t have enough bone for implants. Is there anything I can do?
The use of 3D cone beam imaging gives us precise information about the amount of jawbone available prior to treatment. If inadequate bone exists, bone grafting and ridge reconstruction procedures can be performed that grow bone to allow dental implant placement.
Our practice is one a few practices in the region that has this advanced technology on site. Dr. Waasdorp is committed to providing the most state of the art implant dentistry. This technology allows him to see a precise 3D rendering of your jawbones to maximize the predictability of dental implants. Due to this technology, implant placement can be performed in a minimally invasive manner and can often be done without cutting or suturing.
We also offer computer based implant surgery, allowing patients to have implants and teeth placed on the same day!