Dental Implants

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that their implant teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Dental Implant treatment is a teamwork approach with your general dentist to optimize a great outcome. Oral Surgeons have four years of surgical training which allows us to provide highly specialized care to enable optimal results.

What Are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts known as abutments are then attached to the implant and protrude through the gum tissue. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. First, an implant is placed within your jawbone. For the first two to three months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. Usually a small cover screw or healing abutment is attached to the implant to form the gum tissue and to provide access to the implant once bone healing has occurred. You should be able to wear temporary teeth and do normal activities during this time.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr Livesay will assess the implants a connecting piece called an abutment that protrude through the gums that will act as anchors for the artificial teeth or possibly return to your general dentist for this step to be done. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes three to four months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, there are situations where  Dr. Livesay is able to extract a tooth or teeth and place dental implants at the same time – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.  We can even place temporary teeth on these immediate dental implants in the same visit in certain cases.

Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Livesay will extract the tooth or teeth, bone graft the socket if necessary and place your dental implant. The restorative dentist ( your dentist ) typically places the abutment and makes the permanent prosthesis or tooth. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball and socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Dr. Livesay performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility.

Why Dental Implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life and smile. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 40 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly with appropriate radiographs and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone grafting can be performed in the office under local anesthesia.  We also offer general anesthesia to those who prefer sedation for their dental needs.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

East Louisville Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, PLC

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My dentist, Dr. Wilson, said Dr, Kenneth Livesay was the best dental surgeon and she was right! Dr. Livesay's careful attention to detail was so comforting. Also, your staff is professional and friendly. Paula was my guardian angel throughout. My final results are excellent. Thank you Dr. Livesay!!!

- Bernadine Rogers

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Professional, courteous, but concerned. Nice balance.

- Laura M

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I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Livesay and his staff. I have had 2 implants at 2 separate times, and both times I have been impressed from the easiness of the process. Dr. Livesay is great, works quickly, but thoroughly, and makes the procedures as comfortable as possible. His staff is friendly and very helpful. I have never once had to wait. I am always seen at, or even before my appointment time. I even showed up once on the wrong date of my appointment (completely my fault!) and Dr. Livesay saw me anyways. I hope I never need anymore oral surgery, but if so, I know where to go. Thank you!

- Mark S

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Great experience! Dr. Livesay and his staff are the best! Extraction and immediate implant in 1 hour! Dr. Livesay called to check on me the night of my procedure! Did not require any meds for pain! Highly recommend this practice!

- Mary L

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The customer service provided by ALL of the staff was outstanding.

- Michael Ann G

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Very happy with all aspects of care I received!

- Sarah A

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My implant procedure went very well. I was nervous, but all my questions were answered by both the staff and Dr. Livesay. I've had regrets in my life, but this is not one of them. Excellent job!

- Mary J

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I was always extremely impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, the cleanliness and accessibility of the office. I was very confident and happy with the surgery and treatment by everyone that I met. I do not think that I could have had better treatment over the past year.

- gary h

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Experience has been great. Overall the staff has been friendly and helpful with any questions, or medical problems. Surgical experience has also been good. Plenty of information given, no doubt as to what to expect.

- Patricia F

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I always enjoyed visiting dr. Livesay's office inspite of the fact it is a dental office. The staff is very courteous and professional. Dr. Livesay always took the time to explain the procedures and I feel that he uses the most uptodate techniques and procedures

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Great job. Final results look great! Everything went as explained. Excellent care and service. Don't think I could've done better. Thank you all.

- Paul R

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The best experience. Incredible extraction technique. Flawless! Thank you!

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Everyone does a fantastic job.

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The best in professionalism. I am.beyond impressed.

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after years of covering my mouth when smiling or laughing, I no longer have to do so. thanks to Dr Livesay and his fabulous team

- patricia H.

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There aren't any nicer people than Dr. Livesay and his staff. I have loved getting to know them throughout my implant process! They really care about every patient and work so hard to get things done quickly and well. And the drinks in the waiting room don't hurt!

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Very professional, skillful and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend!

- Kari P.

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Dr. Livesay and staff have been great. Being in the medical field, I understand the importance of a courteous, professional and personable staff. East Louisville Oral Surgery have always excelled at making me comfortable and have taken great care of my dental needs. Exceptional!

- Jonathan K.

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No pain, great experience overall with multiple implants.

- Thomas C.

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I could not be more satisfied with my implant and bone graft procedure. Dr Livesay and his staff were nothing but professional and courteous. The results exceeded my expectations by a wide margin. Thanks again Keith Morley

- Keith M.

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Great experience. I always receive excellent care from all of Dr Livesays team. I was very impressed with Dr Livesay and appreciate his care and attention to my dental needs! Dr Livesay is the surgeon to go to for all your oral surgery and dental implant needs. Outstanding Dr and team!

- Judy M.

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The staff was always friendly, helpful and totally professional and competent. Dr. Livesay was highly recommended to me, and he certainly lived up to his reputation. His care and concern for my comfort and satisfaction thru out this long process was fantastic. If you need dental implants, I would definitely recommend you talk to Dr. Livesay .

- Sandra S.

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Dear Cynthia, Once again, I was so impressed by your office staff who are welcoming and efficient. I know I am family but I noticed that everyone was treated the same as if they were "family." As for Dr. Livesay, he has won my complete confidence. As you know, I have had many extractions and numerous oral surgeons. Dr. Livesay is by far the best. His communication about my immediate treatment and future treatments were clear and impressive. The procedure was complication free which I am not sure other surgeons could accomplish. And the icing on the cake was Dr. Livesay's follow up call last night to make sure I was OK. I also want you to know that Suzanne was also great every step of the way.. Cynthia, I have had almost 1/2 of my teeth extracted. But each extraction scares me as much the very first extraction. Dr. Livesay, you, and your staff seem to understand and do everything to put your patient at ease. Thanks

- Anonymous

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Dr. Livesay is one of the most caring doctors I have ever dealt with. From the initial consultation, to the surgery (during which he explained what was going on), to his call after the surgery to make sure I was doing ok, to the follow-up visits and the final placement of the implants - I have nothing but the very best to say. I felt very much cared for by Dr. Livesay and his entire fantastic staff; there is deep concern for the patient's well-being all the way around! The front office procedures seem to run flawless - I know there is a lot of work and dedication involved to make it appear seamless to the patient - and you certainly do that. Dr Livesay's assistants are wonderful - very caring, knowledgeable and professional. Dr. Livesay and his staff make the patient feel very welcome. I am very fortunate to have picked Dr. Livesay as my Oral Surgeon. He made something that quite frankly sounded a bit scary to me, an all-around positive experience. I will recommend him to anyone who considers dental implants and I most certainly will be back for any other oral surgery I may need in the future.

- Diana B.

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Both staff and physician are extremely professional, courteous and pleasant. Physician not only possesses extraordinary skills and knowledge, but has great doctor - patient communicative rapport, explaining surgical procedure while in progress and answering all questions fully, in an easily understood fashion. Physician's personal telephone contact evening of surgery is most welcome and demonstrates genuine concern for patient. Physician's reputation, as one of Louisville's finest dental implant surgeons, is certainly well deserved. Entire team exudes confidence and skill, which serve to significantly diminish patient apprehension normally attendant to any surgical experience. Overall care transforms a potentially unpleasant procedure into confident resolve that patient has been afforded the best possible resolution of his or her dental problem, with an absolute minimum of discomfort.

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Superior service and care as always!! Couldn't be more pleased.

- Timothy B.

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Both staff and physician are extremely professional, courteous and pleasant. Physician not only possesses extraordinary skills and knowledge, but has great doctor - patient communicative rapport, explaining surgical procedure while in progress and answering all questions fully, in an easily understood fashion. Physician's personal telephone contact evening of surgery is most welcome and demonstrates genuine concern for patient. Physician's reputation, as one of Louisville's finest dental implant surgeons, is certainly well deserved. Entire team exudes confidence and skill, which serve to significantly diminish patient apprehension normally attendant to any surgical experience. Overall care transforms a potentially unpleasant procedure into confident resolve that patient has been afforded the best possible resolution of his or her dental problem, with an absolute minimum of discomfort.

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Great experience! Should I need another implant I will definitely be back.

- C. R.

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