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 themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone grows around the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration, which occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination, health history and CT scan. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Ghannad -- our periodontal specialist -- or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon referred to you by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
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. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial 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 implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually allowing the bone to grow. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has integrated to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After 4 - 6 weeks the restorative dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Implants today provide the best way to replace missing teeth, and to bring them closely to how our own teeth felt.