Dental implants are designed to 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 tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone 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. As Dr. Amy is a general dentist, our office will refer patients to see a periodontist for implant consultation and placement before we are able to place the implant crown.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule a consultation appointment, call our office at 626-307-7196.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental examination with x-rays first. During this consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Amy or by a specialist referred by our practice. 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
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts 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 jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You will have follow-up appointments with the periodontist to monitor your healing.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Then, Dr. Amy can start making your new tooth which requires at least two visits to our office. First, an impression must be taken for the implant crown so posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. On the subsequent visit, we will fit and adjust the final crown before finally cementing it into place. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.