Dental Implants

The fear of losing our teeth is something many of us experience.  Today, tooth loss does not have to be a permanent problem.  Our dental implant system provides a safe and reliable method for replacing teeth, whether you have lost one, several, or all of them.  Your new teeth look and feel natural, and allow you to live, laugh and enjoy life with full confidence.

 What are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are titanium posts which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing.  These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.  They are surgically placed into the jaw bone.  The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  Small posts are then attached to the implant which protrudes through the gums.  These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

The Surgical Procedure

There are two surgical procedures involved with the placement of dental implants.  The first step is to place the implants into the jawbone.  For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants integrate with the jawbone.  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.

The second phase begins after the implant has bonded to the jawbone.  Your surgeon will uncover the implants and attach small posts which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth.  The posts will protrude through the gums.  Once the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen.  The entire procedure usually takes four to eight months.  Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.