Dental Implants, Anchorage AK
Dental implants are really changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a sound foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth, restoring the ability to eat normally and confidence that facial contours will be preserved.
Dr. Reinbold and Dr. Sashi use advanced technology to create a plan for precise, optimal placement with with a variety of options to attach the replacement teeth to the implants. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
- The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
- The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
- Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. our surgeons will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our surgeons are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While our surgeons perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Our surgeons perform in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
Patient Reviews: Dental Implants
This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your dental implant experience with Anchorage Oral and Implant Surgery. Call our office if you would like more information: Anchorage Oral and Implant Surgery Office Phone Number 907-562-9939.
Anchorage Oral and Implant Surgery
Patient Review by Melodie M
I am terrified of dentists and everyone, especially Dr. Sashi made me feel comfortable, at ease and safe.
- Melodie M
Patient Review by Andi H
I was very nervous about my extraction and dental implant, but as soon a I walked into the office my mind was put at ease. Dr. Sashi and his staff are very kind and caring. The procedure was explained to me in depth, and I was very comfortable going into surgery. I had very little pain afterward, and Dr. Sashi personally followed up over the next couple of days. I would highly recommend Dr. Sashi to anyone requiring an oral surgeon.
- Andi H
Patient Review by Scott R W
I was born in Territorial Alaska and in my early childhood dentists were more often mouth mechanics than doctors; promises of all the lollipops in the world were never enough to get us kids to reveal any aching teeth. As a result I now carefully research all my doctors, most especially dentists. However the first time Doc Parameswaran worked on my teeth was just good fortune. My regular dentist, Dr Gregorin (another excellent dentist), told me that Doc P. was transitioning from his U.S. Public Health Service assignment at Bethel and would come to his shop to remove one of my molars that had been repaired one too many times. My anxiety over lack of my usual investigations was immediately mollified when, upon my asking about his work with the PHS, he told me how much he enjoyed his time in Bethel. His smile when he recounted his time there was genuine and I liked him immediately. I had worked in bush Alaska as a water supply exploration geologist for fifteen years, much of it with PHS in southwest Alaska, and had loved my work there as well. I knew from my own experience that what is most attractive about southwest Alaska (really all bush Alaska) is the sense of community and self effacing humor of the people who live there, I believe the result of a necessarily humble response to the unforgiving power and raw beauty of the land itself. I see this same type of humility in Dr. Parameswaran when he works on my teeth, which, when I think about it, is the basis of all my criteria, other than sheer competence, for a good doctor. I see it in his attentiveness and intent focus when he is working, for isn't that a conscious recognition of human fallibility, including his own, and isn't his own intensity a clear and conscious effort to forestall that failure for me? I see it in his reassuring and patient answers to my poorly controlled worries that my sewn gums are falling apart at the first detection of a dissolving stitch, for isn't that a humble recognition that we all can be afraid of the unknown and the unknown is eventually present to us all no matter how knowledgeable we are in our own professions? I see it in his generosity with his time in contacting me following my surgery and his receptiveness to answering my silly questions, for isn't the heart of compassion the humble recognition that we all give and we all receive. Of course the Doc doesn't do it all on his own. None of us do anything without a crew. I'm thinking particularly of Tristan, the Doc's assistant my last visit, who initially eased my anxiety with genuine conversation, good humoredly translated my comments garbled by a mouthful of teeth chocks and gauze during surgery, and afterwards found a drive-thru pharmacy at which i could pick up meds on my drive home—thank you Tristan! All in all the Doc was worth coming to a second time though I will hasten to add that he is certainly not without flaw: I have discovered that as a skilled musician he prefers bluegrass to the blues! Ah, well, no one's perfect.
- Scott R W
Patient Review by Chrissy E
This was my first official visit with Dr. Sashi, who performed my dental implant procedure very expediently and without pain or discomfort. Initially, I was going to a different office, but had a consultation with Dr. Sashi and I was impressed with his staff who were very knowledgeable and efficient. We will return without hesitation for Dr. Sashi to address any other oral surgery needs.
- Chrissy E
Patient Review by Barbara P
Dr Reinbold and team are top notch professionals. I was well informed on the procedures ahead of time, and made to feel at ease as the appointment progressed. They even loaned me an adaptor, so that I could listen to music during my procedure. I would recommend Dr Reinbold, if you are in need of these types of dental procedures.
- Barbara P
Patient Review by Geoff B
I was quite nervous at first but Vicky and Dr. Reinbold made me feel very comfortable. I will recommend them to my friends and family. Thank you!
- Geoff B
Patient Review by Kate K
This is a very professional office with extremely competent staff. I have been to see Dr. Reinbold on several occasions, and each time the interactions have been exceptionally pleasant. Dr. Reinbold's skills are tremendous, and he is caring and thorough. He takes time to answer questions and allay fears of procedures. The office staff is patient-driven and friendly. I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Reinbold for oral surgery needs.
- Kate K
Patient Review by michelle h
I saw Dr Reinbold for an extraction and implant. I was worked into the The consult was very informative and his staff is very attentive and professional. It was an oveall great experience and I highly recommend him. He has also removed the wisdom teeth of two of my daughters and several niece's/nephews. Always with awesome care and a really good end result. We LOVE Dr Reinbold !!! 🙂
- michelle h