Dr. Drewyer has been placing Implant Restorations since 1985. He is proficient in this discipline and very knowledgeable and confident in the treatment planning, orchestration of services and delivery of beautiful, comfortable and superbly functional Implant Restorations. Dr. Drewyer works in close relation with the surgeons and lab artists to create the most predictably long lasting, lifelike and functional implant restorations today's technologies and materials allow.

Dr. Drewyer utilizes the option of Implant Restorations most often when the clinical situation mandates the loss of one or more natural teeth. The first step when considering the use of Implants depends on our patient declaring him or her self a candidate for consideration of this service. Once our patient has an awareness of all possible options and has reviewed the parameters of accommodation (how easy is it to get used to?), the time (how long to accomplish?), the services themselves (what treatment and steps are involved?), the predictable longevity (how long may this last?) and the cost as it regards each potential option for care, our patient may decide that an Implant option would serve them best.

The next step requires that the patient be evaluated by the surgeon who will place the implant. A Panoramic xray is one of several diagnostic aids that may be indicated at this time. It is imperative that a good site (thick, wide and solid bone) is chosen. Our success with implants over many years is all about picking predictably good sites; areas where the surrounding jaw bone has the best chance for anchoring and sustaining an implant-supported restoration. It is becoming more and more indicated to augment the bony site with bone grafting materials to enhance the overall predictable success of implant anchoring.

When the patient has been determined to be a qualified candidate for implant placement, pre-operative models are created by Dr. Drewyer. These models allow for important planning for appropriate implant placement and the subsequent provisional and final restorations.

Several factors including the need for extraction of a failing tooth, bone grafting procedures, the use of provisional/interim restorations and the type and style of final restoration will dictate the actual timeline from the start to the completion of treatment. Implants can be utilized to replace a single missing tooth up to the anchoring of a complete denture. Dr. Drewyer considers that an Implant restoration is complete when all parameters of fit, form, function and beauty are mutually satisfied for the patient and himself.

Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.

Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.

Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.

Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.

Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.