Dental implants 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. The implants 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, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
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 either Dr. Orr or by the implant specialist with whom your treatment is coordinated. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts (abutmnts) are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
The placement of dental implants involves a surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to four months following surgery, the implants rest at the surface of the gums, protected by a healing cap. Gradually the implant integrates or bonds with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a provisional partial denture and eat a softer diet with very little compromise during this phase. At the same time, Dr. Orr designs the final restoration, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, our office can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then abutments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the abutments. The entire process from tooth loss to restored implant usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.