Dental implants are changing the way people live!
Implants 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. Dental Implants are in fact the most successful body part replacement ever invented.
Types of Dental Implants?
We provide three types of dental implants; pure titanium, a blend of titanium and zirconium and pure zirconium. Each type of implant has a specific indication for use and advice for optimal performance will be discussed with the patient before a selection is made.
The implants themselves are small posts inserted into the jaw where teeth are missing. This posts substitutes for a tooth root. The bone will grow directly into the implant and become part of the jaw creating very strong foundation for artificial teeth. After the healing period is completed for the implant, an abutment will be placed that rises out of the gum is firmly attached to the implant, creating a base upon which a new crown is seated.
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. Second, the abutment is attached to the implant to allow your dentist to create a new attachment or crown.
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.
Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life, and when the new teeth are attached to the implants chewing quickly becomes a pleasure again.