What are Implants?
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 jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, 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 dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Madden or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 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 jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants are a stable support for crowns, bridges or even dentures.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves three phases. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually integrating with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After osseointegration of the implant into the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr Madden will uncover the implants and attach a small healing abutment. Once the Gingiva has healed around the healing abutment an impression can be taken.
Phase three is then the laboratory work that needs to be done once the impression is taken. A week after the impression is taken the final crown or bridge can be placed, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
The entire procedure usually takes three to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
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