Dental implants are metal anchors that provide a foundation for replacement teeth that will look, feel and function like natural teeth. They’re a popular option for people who have lost teeth to regain the ability to smile with confidence and eat almost anything they desire.
The implants are essentially tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where the missing teeth once were, with your bone bonding with the titanium to create a strong foundation on which artificial teeth can be fixed. Aside from restoring the functioning and cosmetics of your smile, dental implants can also help to preserve facial structure and prevent your bone from deteriorating.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE
The first step is to undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history, during which your dentist will address your specific needs and chat with you about any concerns you might have. For most patients, the placement of dental implants will involve two surgical procedures.
First, the implants will be placed within your jawbone and for the first 3-6 months will be beneath the surface of your gums as they gradually bond with the jawbone. During this time, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet. Your dentist will also be designing the final bridgework or denture, which will improve both the function and aesthetics of your teeth.
After the implant has bonded to your jawbone, your dentist will uncover them and attach a small, healing collar. An impression will be taken so one of our dentists can start making your new teeth and small posts will be connected to the implants to provide a stable anchor for your artificial, replacement teeth.
The entire procedure usually takes between 6 and 8 months, with most patients not experiencing any disruption to their daily life.
Twice-daily brushings and regular flossing are our recommended means of preventative care between dentist visits, ensuring a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. But additional services include regular oral examinations, oral cancer screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatment, as well as sealants, professional breath control and periodontal (gum disease) treatments. Maintaining a schedule of regular checkups will ensure your teeth and gums remain strong and disease free, as well as detect any issues early on.