Procedures

Expert in Dental Implants

Dr. Glover has been placing dental implants for over 20 years, and has placed over 3,000 implants in every conceivable position in the mouth using multiple implant systems. He is trained in the most advanced procedures for tooth replacement such as immediate loading, mini-implants, implant-supported dentures, sinus augmentation and ridge augmentation.

Dr. Glover is an expert in periodontal bone regeneration to positively influence the result of implants and constantly monitors new research on the subject.

Replacing a Missing Tooth

A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing foods.

Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and the whole thing replaced with a three-crown “bridge”.

Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, your periodontist inserts a dental post (dental implant) into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. This post becomes solidly fixed into your jaw as the bone heals (like a natural tooth root). Your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that feels and functions like your natural teeth.

Quite simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.

Replacing Several Missing Teeth

Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a removable partial, full denture or full bridge.

Dentures have to be taken out and soaked at night. They can also look unnatural and rub painfully. Dentures and partials make it difficult or impossible to eat certain foods.

Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with “floating” partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. Dental implants also eliminate the need for dental adhesives. This allows you to enjoy eating the foods you previously avoided . With dental implants, your partials or dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, causing them to feel much more like natural teeth.

Natural tooth roots and dental implants are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance.

The Success Rate of Dental Implants

After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants become fixed to the jawbone. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have lasted for over 30 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants can last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.

Bone Regeneration

A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, “Is there enough bone to support the implant?” Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques now make it possible to place many more implants than just 10 years ago.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implant treatment begins with an evaluation by your general dentist who will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. If he feels dental implants might be possible, he will send you to us for a placement evaluation.

Temporary Anchorage Devices

A new area of dental implants involves the placement of small mini orthodontic implants that assist the orthodontist in moving teeth.  These small implants provide additional anchorage which allow movement of teeth that have been previously only treated by othognathic surgery. When the treatment is complete the implants are removed. imtec.com

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Expert in Bone Grafting

Your jawbone is what supports your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, severe periodontal infection dissolves parts of your jawbone. This bone loss can eventually lead to the loss of your teeth. The first step of treatment is to remove the periodontal disease, which halts the bone loss. Then we repair the damage that has occurred. In many cases, various bone regeneration techniques can be used to re-grow some of the jawbone that was lost.

Dr. Glover is an expert in periodontal bone regeneration to positively influence the result of dental implants, and constantly monitors new research on the subject.

Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently opens the area. He then removes the periodontal disease, repairs the bone damage and fills in the damaged area with synthetic bone material.

Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation

Sometimes after an extraction, a sunken spot or concave appearance will develop in your gum line. This looks unsightly and can also jeopardize the appearance of a bridge that goes over the area. Grafting material can be inserted under the gum to fill out this depression.

Ridge augmentation can also be used to build up an area of bone so that a dental implant can be placed.

Procedure: In traditional ridge augmentation, the periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently opens the area. He then fills the sunken area with grafting material.

Ridge Augmentation for Implants

For implant patients requiring ridge augmentation, Dr. Glover uses a new proven technique in which the ridge is separated into two sections with the dental implant post inserted between these sections.

Compared to the traditional onlay method, this new method results in less swelling and discomfort and half the post-operative healing time.  This method is a highly predictable and successful.

“With the minimally invasive split-ridge technique, patients experience one surgery instead of two, which significantly decreases the time they have to wait to get their new teeth.” ~ Dr. Glover

Crown Lengthening

The “crown” of a tooth is that part that is above the gums. Sometimes more of the tooth below the gums must be exposed to fill a cavity near the gumline or place a new crown on a broken tooth. “Crown lengthening” provides more tooth structure for this to to be done. This helps to ensure that the general dental procedure is successful and prevents gum irritation.

Procedure: Your periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently recontours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural tooth.

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening & Gingival Contouring

Sometimes the teeth are quite small in relation to the gum tissue. This can create an unattractive “gummy” smile. An uneven gum line can also be distracting.

The gum line, and the bone just beneath the gum line, can be lowered to change the appearance of your smile. This can create a more even gum line or make the teeth appear longer. “Gingival (gum) contouring” is the process of recontouring the gum only. “Crown lengthening” refers to recontouring of both gum and supporting bone.

Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently recontours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural teeth.

Aesthetic Soft Tissue Grafting

Longer teeth or exposed tooth roots can look unsightly. They can also increase your sensitivity to heat, cold or sweets. In some cases, gum tissue can be placed in these areas. Dr. Glover is an leader in the development of new soft tissue grafting techniques to improve the aesthetic result and your comfort during and after the procedure.

Procedure: The general procedure is administration of a local anesthetic, gentle preparation of the area, and placement of a gum graft. Following is a more detailed description from Dr. Glover of the most recent advances to this process:

“Most gum surgery doesn’t make the cosmetic aspect a priority , so this new approach is very rewarding. For gingival grafting to cover exposed roots, we use a tunneling technique to make a pocket between the gum and tooth, which avoids the need for a classic incision.  A special suturing technique pulls the tissue into the tunnel. The end result is cosmetically superior and eliminates the pain and discomfort associated with a traditional grafting technique.” ~ Dr. Glover