Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants provide people with missing teeth the ability to eat virtually anything. Our patients with dental implants smile with confidence because they know that their teeth appear natural and that the contours of their face will be preserved.
What are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as a substitute for the tooth root. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium and creates a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gum are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help to prevent the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Facial structure is maintained as a result of this bone preservation.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. The implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone for three to six months following surgery. Temporary dentures and a soft diet is usually recommended during this healing phase. At the same time, your doctor is creating the new replacement teeth for you.
The second phase begins after the implant has bonded to the jawbone. Your doctor will uncover the implants and attach small posts to act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. The posts will then be completely covered by a beautifully crafted artificial tooth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.