Dental Implants

Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which 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.

Dental Implant Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

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What are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant which protrudes through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants may involve one or two surgical procedures.

In certain situations, implants may require two surgical procedures. In the first procedure, the implants are placed beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. They are left undisturbed for three to six months. You should be able to wear temporary teeth and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second surgical procedure is implemented. The doctor will uncover the implants and attach small posts which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

In the other situation where one surgical procedure is employed, the implants are placed in the bone and the small posts that act as anchors are placed immediately and will protrude through the gums. This will eliminate the need for a second surgical procedure. Your dentist will then make your permanent teeth once the implants have bonded with your bone in three to six months.

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