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 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.
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(implant abutment), which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth or dentures.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. This may occur at our office or at a oral surgery specialty office. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary, temporary dentures/partials and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, we design the final crowns, bridges or dentures which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We, or the oral surgeon, will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr Chad 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.