Dental implants consist of a titanium post placed into jaw bone topped with a replacement tooth that will function, feel and look like a natural tooth. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth or to anchor dentures into the mouth for a more secure, stable fit. They are an excellent option for those wishing to preserve bone and preserve or restore facial contours. They regain the ability to eat virtually anything. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
The placement of implants requires that adequate bone is present and that you are healthy enough for a successful surgical procedure. As part of our consultation visits, we will obtain a dental/radiographic examination and a thorough health history. After determining if you are a good candidate for implants, you will be referred to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or a Periodontist for the surgical aspect of the procedure.
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. Drs. Sliva and Bogucki 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.