Dental implants are changing the way people look at replacement teeth. They provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth allowing patients to feel confident that they look their best. Implants look and feel natural while maintaining the patient's facial contours. With dental implants you can be sure your smile looks its best.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are small titanium posts, which are placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. The metal posts will act as a root substitutes for later replacement teeth. As the implants heal, the bone bonds with the titanium creating a stable foundation for crowns. After the implant itself has healed, a small anchor will be attached that protrudes through the gums. Your dentist will be able to create a replacement tooth to securely attach to this anchor.
Dental implants help preserve facial contours by preserving bone, which would otherwise be deteriorated due to missing teeth.
The Surgical Procedure
Implants require a two-step procedure. The first step require placing the actual dental implant and possible bone graft within your jaw bone. Then for the following 4-6 months the implant is allowed to heal while you follow your normal habits, eat a soft diet, and wear a temporary denture. During this time your dentist will be creating your replacement teeth to be placed on the implant later.
In the second portion of your procedure, Dr. Vincent will uncover your implant once it has had a chance to bond with your jaw bone. During this procedure, Dr. Vincent will place small posts on your implant which will act as anchors when your dentist places your replacement teeth later. The process usually takes about 6-8 months; however, many patients find they have very little disruption to their daily life.
There are several prosthetic options available for patients looking to receive an implant depending on how many teeth they are looking to replace. Patients can get an implant for a single tooth or Dr. Vincent and your dentist can work together to create a bridge. A bridge is a fixed implant for two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. The number of implants required depends whether or not a fixed or removable prosthesis is recommended. A removable prosthesis attaches to a different type of implant and can be removed by the patient whereas a fixed prosthesis can only be removed by your doctor.
Implant Procedure Anesthesia
Dental implant procedures are usually completed using local or non-sedation anesthesia.
Implants should be well-cared for just like the rest of your teeth. Keep up good dental hygiene habits (at least twice daily brushing and flossing) and see your dental specialists regularly.