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. Implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates 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! Implants help patients rediscover the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
A thorough dental and radiographic examination and health history is key to implant success. During the consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed and a comprehensive treatment plan will be created.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone.
After the implant has integrated with the bone, the second phase begins. The implant will be uncovered and a small healing collar will be attached. Our doctors can then start making your new teeth. An impression is taken and the abutment/post and crown is made. The abutment is connected to the implant and the crown is cemented over the abutment. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.