Dental implants are the long-term solution for tooth replacement. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are screws that are imbedded in the bone like the roots of teeth. Bone grows up to the dental implant in a process called osseointegration. As long as the implants are well maintained they can last a lifetime.
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 or a retainer with teeth attached (“flipper”) and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The implants will be uncovered and small posts will be attached that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure from extraction and grafting to completed restoration usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life. There are also some cases when an implant can be placed the same time as a tooth is extracted.
Drs. Ingalls, Lesnick, Politano, O’Day, and Weinstein will work closely with your restorative dentist to help you achieve a balanced bite and esthetic result.
Our surgeons have undergone specialized education and training in the complexities of the face including the bone, skin, muscles and nerves involved to ensure you get the best possible results with your dental implant. The Journal of American Dental Association published a study in 2014 which suggested greater implant success rates when placed by a specialist.
Please call us today for a consultation today to see if dental implants are the right solution for you.