It is unfortunate when teeth cannot be saved due to severe decay, fracture or bone loss. Luckily, a dental implant can restore the full function and appearance of missing teeth. In the event that your tooth cannot be restored with endodontic treatment, your treating dentist may recommend a dental implant. In most cases, this procedure can be done right here in our office!
Dental implants are small titanium posts which are placed into the bone where teeth are missing or have been recently removed. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for a crown or bridge. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. You will regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
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 Dr. Salman or Dr. Youssef. 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. After some healing time, small posts called abutments are attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, the implant is placed within your jawbone. For the first three to four months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone.
Second, after a follow-up appointment to confirm sufficient healing and integration, Drs. Salman or Youssef will uncover the top of the implant and place a small healing collar, to help reshape the tissue. This is a minimally invasive procedure that requires very little anesthetic or time.
After the implant is uncovered, we normally allow one week for the tissue to heal. Your restorative dentist can place the abutment, take the impressions and design a final crown or bridge, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. Voila! Instant (almost) tooth!
Timeline: From start to finish, this process usually takes 4-6 months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.