Dental Implants are replacement teeth, giving patients the confidence to smile, knowing their mouth is restored to a whole, healthy and beautiful state. Dental Implants look and feel just like natural teeth, so patients are able to regain their ability to eat and speak normally.
Dental Implants are tiny titanium posts that are fixed into the jawbone that provide the foundation for the beautiful, new replacement teeth. These implants act just as a natural tooth root would. Dental Implants are incredibly strong, because the implant is actually fused to the bone. These implants also help preserve facial structure, as they prevent the deterioration of the bone.
The placement of a dental implant (or many) is usually done in two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed into the jawbone. The first three to six months after the initial placement will be allowing for the fusion of the implants to the bone. During this time, your doctor will be creating your permanent replacement teeth. You should be able to have temporary dentures and eat a soft diet.
After this initial phase, we will then uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums that will act as anchors for the new, artificial teeth. Once the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will be hidden. The entire placement process usually takes about 8 months, with very little disruption to our patients’ daily lives.
Through advances of dental implant technology, we are able to place single stage implants. This procedure allows us to place the implant as well as the crown during the same visit. In some instances, a wait time of six weeks is required for healing. In “Immediate Loading,” the implant and crown are placed on the same day with the effort of both the surgeon and a restorative dentist, who will make and place the permanent prosthesis.