Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just as natural teeth. Those who have lost teeth can regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence. The implants are small, titanium posts which are placed into the jaw where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong base for artificial replacement teeth. Also, dental implants can help preserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration that normally occurs when teeth are missing.Dental implants are changing people’s lives! With implants people can once again enjoy comfort and confidence when they eat, speak, and laugh.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we request that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs will be addressed by either Dr. Guess or 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 jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts serve as stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed in the jawbone. For the first 3 to 6 months following the initial surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary restorations and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, we will be designing the final bridgework or denture, which will improve both function and appearance.
After the implants have bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Guess will then start creating 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 6 to 8 months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily lives.