What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implants are considered prosthetic teeth, designed to mimic both the tooth root for healthy bone retention and the missing tooth with a post and custom dental crown.
They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or to permanently secure a denture when all upper or lower teeth are lost.
The implant consists of 3 basic parts: the titanium post, a dental crown and an abutment that connects them. Dental implants can be placed without having to reduce the integrity of neighboring teeth as they are an independent restoration. This is another key benefit for your overall dental health.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Whether you are receiving a single dental implant or several implants to secure a denture, the process will begin with the surgical implantation of a tiny titanium post into the jaw bone.
After a period of 3-6 months for complete healing, Dr. Reid will attach a custom dental crown or denture for a secure new smile.
Dental implants may require a larger commitment of time and dental care up front, but there is no need for the daily maintenance required with more traditional options and the results will function much like your natural teeth.
Education & Experience
In 2003, Dr. Reid received Fellowship recognition from the International Congress of Oral Implantology, ICOI. Dr. Carl Misch, founder of the Misch International Implant Institute, recommended Don for the award and also presented it to him.
Don, joined by his wife Marilyn, enjoyed the post ceremony dinner dance held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
The ICOI, founded in 1972, is not only the world’s largest dental implant organization but is also the largest provider of continuing dental implant education. They have members in over 80 countries.
The requirements for fellowship recipients are completion of dental implant training in both surgical and prosthetic disciplines, recommendation by another ICOI member of Diplomate status and passing written exams in each discipline.
Dr. Reid has completed all training offered by the Misch International Implant Institute in Beverly Hills, Michigan which includes surgical, prosthetic, advanced bone grafting, and soft tissue management. The Misch Institute, is recognized worldwide as a premier training program.
Dr. Reid is one of only 4% of general dentists in the United States that perform both surgical placement and prosthetic restoration of dental implants.
i-CAT® Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging System
The Cone Beam CT Scanner evaluates and analyzes high-priority anatomy for implanted restorations and oral surgery in less than 15 minutes – without leaving our facility.
In fact, there aren’t very many doctors around Tahoe and Reno that have a Cone Beam CT Scanner in the office. Some doctors have to send their dental implant patients to a specialist’s office for the scan, or, surprisingly, others think they can perform oral surgery without the must-have scans. If you are considering getting dental implants anywhere else but here, be sure to ask about the Cone Beam CT Scanner and whether or not it is part of that dental practice’s surgical standard procedures.
The CAT Scan produces precision, cross-sectional slides of any needed area in the upper or lower jaws. This arms Dr. Reid with exact structural info, including dimensions and locations for the patient’s unique dental implant procedure. This complex tool gives assurance that the doctor has the most detailed data that is accessible that affects your surgical needs.
The Cone Beam CT Scanner also captures three-dimensional viewpoints which assist the team at Tahoe Dental Artistry in determining if bone grafting or sinus lifts are necessary in spots where there is not enough bone mass in which to place dental implants. The CAT Scan also pinpoints optimal implant treatment and placement. The CAT Scan also contributes to the picking out of the best implant brand, size, jaw location, and positioning angles, before your implant surgery.
The Cone Beam CT Scanner is also utilized in zeroing in on the exact positions of the current teeth so the team at Tahoe Dental Artistry can plan for the dental implants’ integration into the alveolar bone, their location relative to neighboring teeth, and their distance from vital structures such as the nerve canal, sinus walls, and cortical borders.