Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy their lives. 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 jaw bone 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 for Dental Implants
If after consultation with your Port Orange dentist you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, you will be required to undergo a dental and radiographic examination and health history. During these visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Hanson and by a periodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon referred by Port Orange Dentistry. Your questions and concerns are important to us, and caring professional team will work with you closely to help ensure a successful procedure!
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant that 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 the jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist will design the final bridgework or denture that ultimately will improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Hanson will 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.