Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. People who have lost teeth can regain the ability to eat and smile with confidence, knowing that their implant-supported teeth feel solid and appear natural.
Implants are titanium posts placed directly into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. Bone grows in and around the threads of the implant, creating a strong foundation to support beautiful, porcelain teeth. Additionally, dental implants help preserve correct facial contours, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live, laugh, and eat!
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. Wallace, Dr. Zell, Dr. Winer or Dr. Hahn 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 six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. We can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.