Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are the preferred way to replace missing teeth whenever possible. Acting as a substitute tooth root, implants bond with the bone to form a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The dental implant actually helps preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. This helps maintain the integrity of facial structures.
There are a number of reasons dental implants are more ideal than other traditional treatment options. For instance, it is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge, or secure a partial denture to them with clasps that can eventually loosen the natural teeth. By utilizing dental implants, patients may be spared the many problems associated with traditional false teeth.
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. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing and improving the quality of life! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.
If you have any questions regarding what implant treatment options are available for you, please feel free to discuss this with Dr. Lee.
Dental implant procedure
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts which are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium posts, which act as tooth root substitutes, and create a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts or attachments are then connected to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts or attachments provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
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.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We will surgically uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Our dentists can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. 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.