Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. lmplants 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. ln addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Evaluation for Dental lmplants
lf, 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 either Dr. McKinney or Dr. Mac, our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. 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 lmplant Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your 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.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. McKinney can then start making your new teeth. 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.