Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost a tooth of teeth can regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
Implants are titanium posts that are placed in the jaw bone to simulate the missing root structure. The jaw bone oseointegrates, ie. fuses, with the implant, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants preserve dental arch integrity, as it keeps the bone from deteriorating. When a tooth is lost, the bone has no reason to remain. But with implant placement, the bone maintains its integrity
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With implants, 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 a consultation to discuss our goals. During your consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Drs. Kalons, Glidewell, or Grewal. 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
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. As cosmetic and restorative dentists, we work together with periodontist or oral surgeons to restore the teeth that have been lost. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to four months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone.
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. Drs. Kalons, Glidewell or Grewal can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire process usually takes four to five months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.