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 their teeth appear natural and that their facial contours will be preserved. The dental 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 prosthetic teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, you will undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us. Our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental Implant Presentation
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Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the dental implants which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for prosthetic 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 dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, our office designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and esthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. An impression must be taken. Following this, posts or attachments can be connected to the dental implants. The teeth replacements 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.