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 dental implants are tiny titanium root replacements which are placed into the jawbone 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, 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 Dr. Adams. 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 artificial root replacements, which will function and look like natural teeth. Dr. Adams will place the implant into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, a local anesthetic similar to what is used to numb a tooth for a filling, is all that is needed for the placement of dental implants.
First, the implant is placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implant will have a small healing cap in the mouth while the implant bonds with the jawbone. If you currently wear dentures, they will be modified so that you can wear them during this phase. If the implant will be replacing a front tooth an Essix appliance (temporary denture) will be fabricated to help create a pleasing smile during this period.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Adams will remove the healing cap from the implant and take an impression for the implant abutment (post) and crown. In approximately 2 weeks the abutment and crown are inserted onto the implant.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months and is entirely performed by Dr. Adams; from surgically placing the implant to the final restoration. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.