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. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone integrates 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 lost.
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. Pham or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. 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 attachment/abutment is then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These attachment is the foundation for the implant crown.
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 integrating and healing with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures or partial and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final restoration or prosthesis , which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has integrated to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Pham can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then abutments or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the abutment or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implant Maintenance
Dental Implants are to be maintained as natural dentition. Although bacterial decay does not affect dental implants, implants can be affected by periodontal diseases. Bone and gingival health along with proper occlusal forces are critical in maintaining dental implants. It is important to maintain regular recalls to maintain the success and longevity of dental implants. Undue or irregular chewing forces can also affect the bone health that integrated with the implant.