What Are Dental Implants?
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 jawbone 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 Drs. Adams and by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon on our Implant Team. Your questions and concerns are important to us. We are committed to working very closely with you to help make your procedure a success.
If only one natural tooth is missing, the dental implant can be a one-tooth solution for a one-tooth problem. Whether you are missing one natural tooth or all of your natural teeth, the Drs. Adams will provide comprehensive implant care by the highly skilled specialists on our Implant Team.
Dental Implant Procedure
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, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, provided there is enough height and width of available bone, 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 bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary crown, bridge, or denture and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final crown, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Adams can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the attachments. In patients who may grind or clench their teeth, a protective night guard will be recommended to prolong the life of your restoration.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients report that any disruption in their daily life is minimal. Benefits of dental implant include preservation of your facial contours, increased comfort and security and a beautiful new smile!
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