Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide the 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 their teeth appear natural and their facial appearance will be preserved.
What are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts inserted into the jaw where teeth are missing. These titanium posts act as tooth root substitutes. The bone actually bonds with the titanium, integrating into the jaw and creating very strong foundation for artificial teeth. After the healing period is completed for the implant, a post is attached to the implant, which creates a base upon which the new crown fits. These posts provide stable anchors for your replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone loss that occurs when teeth are removed and not replaced.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw.
For the first three months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding and integrating with your jaw. If you have no teeth you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth that will attach to your implants.
The entire procedure usually takes six months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life, and when the new teeth are attached to the implants chewing becomes a pleasure again.