How Are Dental Implants Done?
The Dental Implant Procedure Explained
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life to the fullest.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost a tooth (or teeth) regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their smile appears natural and tooth esthetics are 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.
Evaluation Protocol For Dental Implants
If you, like many others, 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 Dr. Forcioli and then by an Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are very 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 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 a minimum of three months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary denture and eat a normal diet during this time period. At the same time, Dr. Forcioli designs the final crown, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and esthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Forcioli can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken, then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement cosmetic teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Implant patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life and are very happy with the results.