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 by your specialist where teeth are missing. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help prevent bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we may ask that you come in for a consultation. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Toothman and Dr. Reid. Your questions and concerns are important to us, and our team will work very closely with you to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
First, implants are placed within your jawbone by a specialist. The implant can take between three to six months following surgery for it to heal and be ready for Dr. Toothman or Dr. Reid to restore the implant. Many times you will be able to wear temporary partial dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has integrated with the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon may need to uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar if they were covered at initial placement. Dr. Toothman and Dr. Reid can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken and sent to the lab where the final crown is fabricated. In approximately two weeks, a final appointment will be scheduled to place your crown. The entire procedure usually takes four to seven months.
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.