Dental Implants

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 themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that 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.

The doctors here at Periodontal Associates have received extensive training in Implantology. They have been successfully placing implants since 1982. Through continuing education, they are abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.

Dental Implant (before)

Before dental implant procedure

Dental Implant X-ray

X-ray of dental implants

Dental Implant (after)

After dental implant procedure

Evaluation

If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we will need you to undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success. We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied, however rare. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Procedures

Dental implants are titanium anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone. In some cases, dental implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first three to six months following surgery, the dental 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. Your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your periodontist will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After several weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression will be taken and the posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to nine months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

An implant is necessary to replace the missing tooth

Fig. 1: An implant is necessary to replace the missing tooth

An implant has been placed in the jaw bone.

Fig. 2: An implant has been placed in the jaw bone

The replacement tooth is attached to the implant

Fig. 3: The replacement tooth is attached to the implant

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