Dental implants are titanium posts that act as replacement tooth roots, and are topped with artificial teeth. They are the modern solution for tooth replacement. Dental implants look and feel like real, natural teeth, and with proper care, can last a lifetime.
Dr. Schulz has had extensive training and experience in restoring his patients’ smiles with dental implants, including the creation of beautiful and natural-looking replacement teeth.
Dr. Schulz is a leader in CEREC technology, the dental design and milling technology that allows us to fabricate new teeth on the spot, and right in our own office. He’s used it to create hundreds of dental implant restorations for patients, and he regularly trains other dentists in the exacting techniques needed to do this.
Getting implants at Corporate Lakes Dental is very simple. We can take care of everything right here in our office in just a few simple steps:
Dr. Schulz uses the latest technology to make dental implant treatment fast, accurate, and minimally invasive. The entire procedure is performed in the comfort of our own office, and thanks to our use of high-tech tools and special equipment, our implant procedure is fast—depending on the circumstances, the entire procedure from extractions to new temporary teeth can be performed in as little as two hours.
Dr. Schulz uses our state-of-the-art Galileos 3D digital dental scanner to obtain comprehensive, 360-degree images of your teeth, jaws and entire head and jaw structure. These images are highly detailed, show the soft tissues as well as the hard tissues, and can be viewed from any angle. They are an invaluable tool in diagnosis and treatment planning.
For detailed treatment planning, Dr. Schulz uses 3D software to view and manipulate the scans from the Galileos machine. This makes the planning of the implant placement highly accurate and precise. Dr. Schulz can be certain about the amount of bone that you have available to support an implant. He can also plan the exact positions and angles of the implants with the oral surgeon, to make sure that your implants will be stable and that your treatment will result in a perfectly balanced bite.
Using his 3D software, Dr. Schulz creates a surgical guide that is placed over your dental arch and has the exact positions and angles of the implants marked. Use of a surgical guide makes the actual placement of the implants fast, minimally invasive and highly accurate. Thanks to our in-office dental milling machine, the surgical guide can be fabricated on the spot, right in our own office, which makes for a much faster procedure and less trips to the dentist.
Bone loss in the jaw is one of the natural biological effects of missing teeth. This can present a problem when a patient wants to get implants after having had missing teeth for a long time, because implants need a certain amount of bone support to be stable.
In certain cases of insufficient bone, Dr. Schulz is able to use special implants that are smaller in height (but equal in diameter) to provide patients with strong, stable new teeth without the need for bone grafting. In other cases, he may be able to perform a minor bone graft procedure at the same time as placing the implant, so that the new bone and the implant can fuse together during the healing process. In any case, Dr. Schulz will plan your treatment in such a way as to make it as fast, effective and minimally invasive as possible.
To speed the healing process, we use special growth proteins extracted from a small amount of the patient’s own blood. These proteins are placed directly on the implant site, and they prevent infection and reduce swelling and post-operative discomfort. Because of this, the healing process is much faster.
Dr. Schulz uses CEREC technology, a breakthrough 3D imaging and milling technology that allows him to create aesthetic, color-matched new replacement teeth right in our own office. Your new teeth will fit perfectly and will appear to emerge naturally from below your gumline.
Implant crowns and bridges are placed on top of connecting pieces called “abutments,” that connect the new teeth to the implant posts. Most abutments used for this are round, but this can leave spaces between the implants and the new teeth, where food can be trapped and bacteria can accumulate. Using the CEREC machine, Dr. Schulz fabricates custom abutments which have the same shape as the teeth that go on top of them. This results in a perfect fit. The abutments are made out of zirconia—an ultra-strong, tooth-colored dental ceramic—for a completely natural, non-metallic look. Because the abutments can be made in our own office without the need for an external dental lab, this method results in one less visit for the patient.
On the day of your implant surgery, Dr. Schulz will provide you with natural-looking, temporary replacement teeth. After your implants have fully healed, usually in about three months, you will come back to the office and he will place your permanent new teeth (also designed and milled using our CEREC machine). Dr. Schulz will make sure that your new teeth are natural-looking and complement your features, so that you will have a beautiful, aesthetic smile.
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A dental implant is a tooth that feels and functions like a natural tooth. It is used where there are missing teeth. It is commonly composed of a titanium metal screw and a ceramic crown. Not only does a dental implant fill unsightly gaps in a smile, it is also important to deter bone loss.
At Corporate Lakes Dental, we use advanced technology to examine your jaw and bite before our oral surgeon places the titanium post, making sure that when your implant is finished, your bite will be natural and the tooth will feel like your own. The tooth portion of the implant is made here in our one-hour CEREC milling laboratory, enabling Dr. Schulz to perfectly fit and color-match your new tooth while you wait.
The tooth restoration part of the dental implant is made in Dr. Schulz’s office using breakthrough CEREC 3D technology (high-quality ceramic restorations) to create a tooth that matches your other teeth in shape and color.
CEREC restorations are milled from a single block of high-quality ceramic, a substance which is particularly compatible with the body and has the same characteristics as normal, healthy dental enamel.
Dr. Schulz is an expert in CEREC technology and trains other dentists in the use of ceramic for restorations. Additionally, he has an aesthetic sense of proportion and color, which is vital when crafting natural looking tooth restorations or replacements.
Fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution to missing teeth and often bring with them a number of other problems. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Of even greater concern, fixed bridges often require the cutting down of adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing.
Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years, compared to an up to 25-year life span for dental implants.
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. Some people who have lost bone in their jaw still can get implants, but first the bone must be rebuilt using special bone-grafting procedures.
People how are currently wearing partial or full dentures can replace these with dental implants, or use implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
People who are not good candidates for dental implants include: