Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are small 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. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
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 an examination including radiographic studies and a review of your health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by both Dr. Rogers and an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. A highly skilled and experienced oral surgeon will place the implants in the jaw bone. Dr. Rogers will place the crown on the implant once it is firmly attached to the bone, which will generally be several months after the surgery.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small abutments are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, 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 may need or choose to wear temporary tooth replacements during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The oral surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing cap. Dr. Rogers can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then abutments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made to fit to the abutments. The entire procedure usually takes four to seven months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.