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 are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Dental implants can be used to restore those who have lost all their teeth. Various combinations exist and in certain situations, a bridge can be placed on the implants. It is not taken in and out. In other words,someone can go from having no teeth to implant supported bridges that do not come in and out. Click here for more information on implant supported bridges.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Drs. Parker and Taylor or by a “Specialist” 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 titanium anchors that are placed surgically into the bone and act as a substitute for the tooth root. Small post are then attached to the implant providing an attachment for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You will be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final implant crown or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Parker and Taylor can then start making your new teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life knowing that their teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.