Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look 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 and prevent the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as a substitute for tooth roots. 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.
What is the implant 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 are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, the final bridgework or denture is designed
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon uncovers the implants and attaches a small healing collar. An impression is taken and new teeth are made. Posts or attachments are then connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are 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.