Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. People with lost teeth restored with implants are able to eat and smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the replacement teeth. The implants help preserve facial structure by preventing the bone deterioration that occurs with tooth loss.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Our doctors have received extensive training in Implantology and continue to attend lectures and study clubs to further their knowledge in this fast-moving field.

Evaluation

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 doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help you through your procedure.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. With the many types of insurance plans, coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Procedures

Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within the jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors such as the condition and hardness of the bone. In some cases, implants may even be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants beneath the surface of the gums are gradually integrated with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this period. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve your function and aesthetics.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our doctors will uncover the implants and attach a small healing cap if it was not placed at the initial implant surgery. After two weeks, your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression is taken for the dental technician to fabricate the crowns or attachments that connect to the implants. The entire procedure can take from four to twelve months, depending on each patient’s unique situation. Most patients do not experience any disruption to their daily life.

Treatment Options

Dental implants are intended to replace missing teeth and can do so in a number of ways.  From single teeth to bridges or dentures, implants can be an excellent option and are quickly becoming the “gold standard” for treatment of missing teeth in modern dentistry.  If you want to know how implants may be an option for you, book an appointment today!