Dental implants are an effective and safe solution to the problem of missing teeth. Many patients report exciting benefits from dental implants.
Replacement teeth look, feel, and function similar to natural teeth and lead to improved taste and appetite, improved cosmetic appearance, the ability to chew without pain or gum irritation, and an improved quality of life.
Implant procedures are complex and may take 6 to 9 months to complete. They require a second visit to the clinic months after the preliminary work is completed in order to give time for the bone to heal and integrate with the implant receptor or base.
During the first stage of treatment the surgical site will be prepared.
An implant cylinder is inserted into the receptor site. A Sterile surgical screw is placed within the receptor. The screw is made from titanium because it is very compatible with bone and oral tissues.
The soft tissue is closed and the surgical site is allowed to heal for 10-14 days. It may take as long as 3 to 6 months for the bone to integrate with the implant. Once the tissue and bone have completely healed, the second stage of the procedure consists of removing the soft tissue from the surrounding area and uncovering the sealing screw.
An attachment post is screwed into the implant that now extends above the gum line. The soft tissues are again made.
On the final appointment the crown will be attached to the posts resulting in a strong permanent restoration that is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. Implants are not for everyone and our dentists can assist you when deciding between implants, bridges, or partials.