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. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
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. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If 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 our team, as well as by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or Periodontist referred by our practice. We utilize these dental specialists for the first phase of implant treatment, which is the placement of the actual implant below the gum tissue.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant treatment is performed in two phases:
Implants are placed within your jawbone by one of our dental specialists. 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, your restorative dentist designs the final crown or overdenture prosthesis, which will ultimately improve both function and esthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the surgeon exposes the dental implant to the oral cavity and places a healing collar. Dr. Fantasia 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.