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Implant Services

Implant Credentials

Dr. Thompson is a current member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and has obtained the title Associate Fellow through the AAID by obtaining over 1075 hours in continuing education exclusively in implant dentistry. This process of obtaining the title associate fellow is a rigorous endeavor which entails passing a written examination, an oral examination before an expert board panel and case presentation of Dental Implant Cases he had completed on his own patients. He had to defend his rational for treatment, using scientific research (evidence based dentistry).

He also completed a yearlong dental implant training at Loma Linda University Dental School in California as well as IV Sedation Training at Oregon Health Science University. He has become meticulous in implant placement and restoration through proper training and mentorship. He is deeply passionate about the dental profession and feel that dentistry is a constantly changing field. He is committed to continually expanding his knowledge to provide optimal care.

Sinus Lift Augmentation

After the loss of upper back teeth, your sinuses may enlarge in size. Before new implants replace the lost teeth, a sinus lift augmentation or graft relocates the sinus cavity into its original position and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.

Autogenous Bone Grafting

Occasionally, ideal areas where dental implants are to be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to predictably place the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to "borrow" bone from another area of your mouth to graft into the deficient area. Often the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.

Implant Site Development

When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have bone loss around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.

Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning

We have special 3D software that allows us to evaluate your bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result for your dental implants.

Implant Maintenance

Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and free of infection. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, professional cleanings will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.

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