Dental Implants Placements
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement of the root part of the tooth/teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost tooth or teeth, regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, with implant placed on the spot of missing tooth or teeth, knowing that teeth appear and function naturally. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone fuses or bonds with the titanium post, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing 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 the consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed 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.
For the implant, you would need to have enough bone, in height and width to place the implant.
That is the reason we want you to place the implant as soon as possible after the extraction, even in the same visit — taking the tooth out and placing the implant. That way, the tooth socket is best preserved. The longer you wait, the more bone will undergo resorption that may subsequently require additional procedures such as bone grafting or a sinus lift.
Dental Implant Procedure
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, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first 3-6 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 designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the dental implant has fused to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Vukovic or Dr. Babayev can then start making your new crown or bridge, depending on your situation.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months and most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.