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 themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a clinical and radiographic examination including a health history. During these consultation visits, we will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and dental benefits at this time. There are many types of benefit plans, and coverage for implants varies. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gum for the replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within the jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person, based on a variety of factors including hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.
For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. Patients should be able to wear temporary replacements during this time. At the same time, the restorative dentist designs the final crown, 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 and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks, the general dentist will be able to start making new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes three to six months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily routine.