Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With dental implants, our patients who have lost teeth regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural, will not be displaced and that facial contours will be preserved.
What are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone and gums heal around the titanium implants, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant to connect the implant to the tooth crown through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
At Northwest Oral Surgeons most patients can have their teeth removed and implants placed in a single surgical procedure. We will first consult with your dentist to determine the exact location for placement of the implant. The implant replaces the root of your tooth. Your dentist is needed to make the crown portion of the replacement tooth. Implant procedures are done in both of our office locations, with either local anesthetic or IV anesthetic. Implants might be completely covered with gum tissue after placement or there might be a small healing component which the gums will heal around. If you are wearing a denture or a temporary replacement tooth you might be able to wear it over the healing implant, right away after surgery. If the tooth is in a critical location for your appearance your dentist can give you options to avoid any time spent without a temporary tooth.
The field of implant dentistry is continually revolutionizing itself. We have chosen to use the world’s leading implant systems for several reasons. Unlike many systems that need to heal for 4 - 6 months prior to placing teeth, in most cases teeth can be placed on these implants after only 4 - 8 weeks of healing. In some cases the tooth can be placed in the implant immediately. The protocol for shorten healing time has retained a very high rate of overall success with great longevity. These implant systems are also the easiest for your dentist to use, reducing problems like loosening of the crowns and eliminating additional steps in making the crowns.
Pain after placement of implants is comparable with the pain of having a tooth extracted. Frequently we place the implant at the time of tooth extraction and most patients actually experience less discomfort than with simple tooth removal alone.
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