About Dental Implants
The 3 Central Questions About Implants Answered
What are Dental Implants?
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.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo an evaluation process that includes a dental/radio-graphic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed and comprehensively planned by our doctors. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
How Are Dental Implant Placed?
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 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 jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework, crowns, or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
Implants can be surgically placed in our office with our doctors, or if necessary you may be referred to another specialist within our established network of trusted dental professionals.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The implant is uncovered and a small healing collar is attached, extending just above the gums. Our doctors 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 entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.