Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function almost like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat properly and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural. 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.
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 byDr. Twerskoi. 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.
When the implant is being placed in the jaw bone it is at first comparable to a screw in wood. The thread is providing initial stability. It takes then ca. six month till the bone fuses to the implant.
If desired, and clinically possible, implants can be loaded at the same day of surgery – teeth the same day.
In some cases implants can be loaded immediately at the day of surgery, often referred as “Tooth in a day”. In those cases it must be made sure that being under load no micro movements occur to enable proper bonding to the bone.
For some patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within the jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. One should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implant is being uncovered, impression are being taken. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Each patient has a unique situation –
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