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.
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.
What are Dental Implants
The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are in the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes that 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. These posts extend through the gums and provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
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 integrate with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a normal diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We will uncover the implants and attach small posts that will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts extend through the gums. Your dentist will make artificial teeth that are placed on these posts. The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life during this treatment.