Dental implants 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 and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by the doctor. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Teeth are then attached to the implant, either with screws or cement, which protrude through the gums. Implants may also support partial or removable dentures.
The placement of dental implants involves at least one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are left at gum level, while gradually bonding with the jawbone. At times, the implant is covered with the gum and will require a second surgical procedure to expose it. If necessary, you will be able to wear a temporary denture or bridge and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We will uncover the implants (if necessary) and attach a small healing collar. The doctor can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The length of the entire procedure will vary from patient to patient, and with the complexity of the case. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.