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 titanium screws which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates 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 either Dr. Deeb and Dr. Fanning, 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 several surgical procedures. After teeth are extracted and sockets are grafted with bone, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. These procedures are often times accomplished simultaneously but there are times when delayed implant placement is necessary. For the next 8-12 weeks following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums osseointegrating or gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear a temporary prosthesis and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridge, crown or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has integrated to the jaw bone, the restorative phase begins. The implants will be uncovered and healing collars will be placed. Drs. Deeb or Fanning can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be made in order for the dental lab to fabricate the final prosthesis. The replacement teeth or prosthesis is then connected to the implants. The entire procedure usually takes four to six months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.