Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
The implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
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 bonding 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.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone (approx. four months after the implant was placed), the second phase begins. The Oral Surgeon will see you for your implant follow up and once you are cleared for the second step you will be referred back to your General Dentist to attach a small post that protrude through the gums and will act as an anchor for the artificial tooth. When the artificial tooth is placed, the post will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months.
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