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Dental implants have become the treatment of choice for patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth. An implant is an artificial tooth root that is extremely stable.
In this office Dr. Smith, Dr. Walters, Dr. Ferguson, & Dr. James place the implant and your restorative dentist creates a new crown or top part of the tooth that is supported by the implant.
Dental implants are the most advanced and natural tooth replacement system ever devised. Patients with implants can chew, laugh, smile, and eat the foods of their choice – all without fear of the embarrassment that can be caused by conventional dentures that slip or click.
Dental implants do not develop decay and do not require root canals. Most important, dental implants help preserve the jawbone, which can prevent the appearance of premature aging.
If you are missing one or more teeth---or if you are currently using a bridge or complete or partial denture----ask us how dental implants can improve the quality of your life.
The implants themselves are tiny 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 jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium in time, 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.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. 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 creating new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Drs. Walters, Smith, Ferguson, & James will uncover the implants and attach small posts which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.