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. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure by preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are lost.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! Through implants, 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 and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be carefully addressed by Dr. Simonsky, a Maxillofacial Surgeon as well as a Certified Radiologist 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 metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone by a highly trained oral surgeon who will attach small healing collars you will wear until healing is complete. For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves only one surgical procedure. After a healing period of 3-6 months when the implants gradually bond with the jaw bone, small posts will replace the healing collar and protrude through the gums. These posts will provide stable anchors for future artificial replacement teeth.
You should be able to wear temporary dentures (if needed) over your healing collars while eating a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist begins to design the final crown, bridgework or denture, which will eventually attach to or be supported by your implant(s)
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone (healed), the second phase begins. Dr. Simonsky can then start making your new teeth. An impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory. Then posts or attachments are fabricated which will eventually be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth (or dentures) are made to fit over the posts or attachments. Sometimes a post and crown can be screwed directly into the implant as one solid piece. This allows for easier removal if any repair is needed in the years to come.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life but some may choose to take a day off work following the surgical phase.