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implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth
which 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. The implants themselves 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, implants can help preserve facial
structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people
are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and
Your doctor has received extensive training in implantology and has
been successfully placing implants for years. Through continuing
education your doctor is kept abreast of the most current information on
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 by your doctor. Your questions and
concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very
closely to help make your procedure a success.
There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is
varied. Your doctor will be happy to assist you in obtaining any
benefits to which you may be entitled.
Dental implants are metal anchors which act as tooth root
substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts
are then attached to the implant which protrude through the gums. These
posts 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. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final
bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins.
Your doctor will uncover the implants and attach a small healing
collar. After two weeks your restorative dentist will be able to start
making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or
attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements 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.