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 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 either Drs. Schofield, Martin and Smagula 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.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within the bone of the jaw. A small healing cap is placed on top of the implant to help shape the gums. For the first three months following surgery, the implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the bone, the second phase begins. Drs. Schofield, Martin and Smagula will take an impression of the implant and the dental laboratory can make the crown, bridgework or denture which are attached to the implant by a connector called an abutment. The entire procedure usually takes three to five months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life and very little discomfort.