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 jaw bone 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 complete examination and health history. During this visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed, as 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
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed into your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the bone. You should be able to wear a temporary flipper or dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist designs the final crown, bridge, or denture which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implant will be uncovered, and a small healing collar will be attached. Your doctor will take an impression and start making your new teeth. Posts or attachments can then be connected to the implants, and the replacement teeth are placed over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.