Dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that we surgically places in the jawbone. Dental implants are composed of titanium metal that "fuses" with the jawbone through a process called "osteointegration". After more than 30 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed in the United States continue to still function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants combine the best of modern science and technology, including a team approach spanning several disciplines.
A successful implant requires that all parties involved — the patient; the restorative dentist, who makes the crown for the implant; and the periodontist, who surgically places the implant, follow a careful plan of treatment. All members of the implant team stay in close contact with each other to make sure everyone clearly understands what needs to be done to meet the patient's expectations. The team is organized as soon as the decision for placing a dental implant is reached. Following an evaluation that includes a comprehensive examination, x-rays and a consultation with the patient and members of the implant team, the doctor surgically places the implants in the patient's jaw. After several months, when the implants have stabilized in the jaw, the restorative dentist will fabricate the final restoration.
Dr. Russo is the Past President of the Southern Academy of Periodontology.
John Russo's Practice has been recognized as a top Sarasota Dentistry practice in 2018.
Congratulations to the entire team!