Dental implants replace missing, decayed or broken teeth in a way that looks, feels and functions just like normal teeth.
The dental implants themselves are small titanium anchors that are secured into one’s jawbone to replace the root of one’s missing or removed tooth.
The jawbone then bonds with the metal anchor, providing a solid foundation for the placement of artificial teeth. In addition to restoring the functionality of one’s entire mouth, dental implants also prevent bone deterioration, which often results when teeth are missing, as well as restores one’s confidence in his or her smile.
Patients with dental implants are not limited to eating any certain foods, like denture wearers often are, and they can also proudly smile and laugh with confidence knowing that their dental implants are secure.
Dental Implant Procedure
Before determining whether or not dental implants are right for you, our dental team at All on 4 Dental Implants Center will conduct a full dental and radiographic examination, as well as evaluate your full dental and medical health history to ensure no complications arise during your procedure. During our initial consultation, All on 4 Dental Implants Center’s team of expert dentists and periodontists carefully assess your distinct needs and consider all options to ensure dental implants are the best solution for you. We take the time to answer any questions or concerns you have, and we work closely with you to ensure your dental implant procedure is a success.
During the first phase of the dental implant procedure itself, metal anchors are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a tooth root substitute. Over the course of three to six months, these anchors gradually bond with the jawbone and gums, building a strong foundation for your replacement teeth. While those anchors continue to build in strength, you are able to wear temporary dentures while your replacement teeth are being designed to match your natural smile.
Once the metal tooth root anchor has securely bonded to the jawbone, your oral surgeon will attach a post known as an abutment into the metal anchor. Once the gum has had sufficient time to heal around the abutment, your prosthetic teeth are secured.
The entire staged surgical procedure typically takes six to eight months to complete. During that time, patients should not experience any disruption in daily activities, and they can look forward to having a permanent solution for damaged or missing teeth and achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted!