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 most foods and can smile with confidence. Dental implants are small titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates with the titanium of the implant, creating a strong platform for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve bone structure, which will give you a more natural and youthful appearance.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental examination. During this consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Woo, Dr. Balcom, Dr. Brewer and Dr. Murphy, or by our in-office periodontal surgeon. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help ensure the success of your procedure.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors that 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 the crowns that replace the actual missing teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are secured beneath the surface of the gums, gradually integrating 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 crowns, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Woo, Balcom, Brewer or Murphy can then start the process of making your new teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.