Implant Dentistry

dental implantDental implants have been known to change people’s lives, helping them regain a lost sense of confidence and ease. If you’ve forgotten what it feels like to eat anything you want without a care in the world or sport the widest smile in the room, dental implants are for you. Implants provide a foundation for artificial teeth. They’re made of titanium, placed directly onto the jawbone where teeth are missing, and designed to permanently bond with the bone. This creates a realistic and natural look and feel, a more comfortable setting for replacement teeth that helps preserve natural facial contours. Dental implants also help prevent the deterioration of bones resulting from missing teeth.

Evaluation for Dental Implants

Before going ahead with the dental implant procedure, you’ll need to come into our rooms for a dental/radiographic consultation and dental health history assessment. This helps us identify and explore all the best options for you. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the procedure.

Dental Implant Procedure

The process of getting dental implants is divided into two parts, and in most cases takes around 8 months from start to finish. Once a clear plan of action has been decided upon after the initial evaluation, we move forward with the first surgery, which involves placing the implants.

Dental implants are placed directly onto the jawbone underneath the gums. It takes the implants about 3 to 6 months to bond with the bone completely. During this time, regular dentures can still be worn, but a softer diet is recommended.

Once the implant is bonded with the bone, we’ll move on to the next phase which is attaching a tiny healing collar. We wait 2 weeks after placing this collar, and then take an impression of the teeth in order to start making new teeth. After this, we’ll connect posts (also called attachments) onto the implants. Finally, replacement teeth will then be created and attached to the posts. For most patients, the entire process takes 6-8 months and causes very little disruption in their daily lives.

 

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