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 jaw bone 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.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Mark Christie or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred 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 Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. 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 jaw bone. For the first three to four months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to eat a normal diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final tooth or restoration, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, a tooth can be made to fit perfectly in your mouth, blending in with your natural teeth and becoming a natural part of your smile again. To begin this process, an impression must be taken. Next, a post or attachment can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes three to nine months, depending on each patient. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. Due to the small scale of the implant surgery, most patients experience only very minimal pain during the first day after the implant is placed.