What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed inside the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Three to five months later, once the bone bonds with the titanium post, a small post (abutment) is mounted into the titanium implant post, this abutment protrudes through the gums, and on top of this abutment, a crown is placed to resemble your natural tooth.
With missing teeth our facial structure changes due to bone deterioration; once implants replace the missing teeth our facial structure will be enhanced again.
At times we can extract the tooth and replace with an implant in the same day, but not all patients.
You no longer have to replace missing teeth with fixed bridges or partial dentures; no more grinding of teeth, or dentures that keep moving while talking, smiling or eating.
Dental implant placement preserves your facial and bone architecture far better than any other replacement, giving you a younger facial appearance.
Dental implants are titanium posts placed within the bone; the procedure is painless with minor discomfort after placement, which is manageable with over the counter pain medication in most cases.
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They 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, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
Implants placed in the upper arch close to the sinus may require an additional procedure called sinus lift or punch before implant placement.
Not all patients are good candidate for dental implants, but through a detailed discussion and consultation including a scan and or X-rays, our dentist will recommend what is best for you.