Dental implants are rapidly changing the way people live. They provide a replacement for the root of a tooth or several teeth, and the replacement tooth looks, feels and functions like normal teeth. This allows people to regain the ability to eat virtually anything and function normally in life knowing they have teeth that appear natural. they smile with confidence.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed under the gum tissue into the bone surgically. The titanium bonds to the bone and provides the anchor support of the tooth or teeth, or even a denture. Implants preserve bone volume and preserve facial contours affected by tooth loss and aging. Some patients may have implants placed at the time of and extraction saving time with healing. Some require bone grafting (addition of bone) to allow implants placed at a later date. your consultation will include a discussion of all possible avenues to restore your smile.
Dental implants can be placed with local anesthesia, or with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Either way, you will be very comfortable. Dr. Dahlman has placed thousands of implants over the last 20 years and utilizes the latest techniques and equipment. Once healed, dental implants are cared for as with your normal teeth. They should be a permanent fixture.
Over time, bone associated with missing teeth is resorbed or atrophies (goes away). This may leave a lack of bone volume for placement of implants. Replacement of bone, or regrowth of bone is possible with modern techniques. Dr. Dahlman utilizes bone from several sources including the patient (jaw or hip) and artificial sources (bovine – sterile). In addition, Dr. Dahlman can add soft tissues such as gum tissue and underlying collagen to better prepare the areas for implants. Bone can be added onto the dental ridge which supports teeth, or the sinuses to allow placement of implants in the posterior upper jaw. Dr. Dahlman has extensive experience in all facets of dental implants and bone grafting.
Some patients require procedures preparing them for partial or complete dentures to ensure well fitting prostheses. Removal of excess bone, bone reshaping and smoothing, and removal of excess gum tissue are common procedures performed in our office. Coordination of procedures with an accredited denturist is commonplace as we take care of all steps involved from surgery to insertion of dentures.
The inside of our mouths are normally pink and smooth. Any alteration in this tissue can be a sign of a pathologic process such as oral cancer. Sores that do not heal within a few days, or lumps or white patches may be signs of problems. difficulty chewing and swallowing are also ominous signs. As an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, Dr. Dahlman has specialized skills in the removal of lesions and reconstruction of the defects caused by surgical removal. All procedures can be performed under intravenous sedation for the comfort of the patients. Specimens are investigated under a microscope and results are given personally by Dr. Dahlman.
As a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon with unique skills and experience in facial reconstructive surgery, Dr. Dahlman has the expertise in the management of all types of facial trauma. Dr. Dahlman’s training and experience includeÂ treatment of complex facial lacerations, intraoral lacerations and dental trauma such as fractured and displaced teeth, fractured facial bones including upper jaw, lower jaw, cheekbones and orbits. The treatment of facial fractures should be accomplished in a predictable manner with minimal effect on the patient’s facial appearance.